It's early January and the committee for the Glenn D. Loucks Games has already had two meetings regarding the 2014 Games. With another one scheduled for the 19th of this month, we are putting together what we hope will be a great meet.
Last year we added two new events and changed another. The change refers to the the Saturday morning 1600 Meters being changed back to its original distance, the One Mile Run. Our hope is that we can better attract more of the nation's elite runners. Eventually we hope that The Loucks Mile will be mentioned in the same breath as the Millrose and Penn Relays Miles.
As we seek more and more of the talented runners from around the nation, we haven't forgotten those in our local area, Section 1 (Dutuchess, Putnam, Rockland and Westchester Counties in New York). Last year we added a Friday night Section 1 Mile. The runners in this race will be comprised of the top 15 athletes from our area who appear on the Provisional list, guaranteeing them a chance to participate in the meet. The moving of these runners will benefit the runners from other areas, as they will be moved up on the Provisional list.
Our other new event is based upon the sharp increase in participation from the New England area. We are now offering a Saturday afternoon New England 4 X 400, for athletes from the states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. Schools from these states will be able to enter a single team per gender to compete against others from these six states in a non-scoring, non-trophy event. Of course, a school can enter this event and the Varsity 4 X 400, but must keep in mind that an athlete may not participate in both.
We are always trying to provide the best meet that we can offer. Enter away!