Masters Track and Field: A History

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McFarland, Nov 29, 2000 - Sports & Recreation - 320 pages
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It all began in 1968, when prominent civil lawyer David Pain introduced and implemented the idea of age-group competition for track and field. What began as a special mile run soon expanded into North American, then world, meets. This is the first book-length account of how the Masters Track and Field program (for men over the age of 40 and women over 35) was started, how it developed nationally and internationally, and where it is headed in the future. Key pioneer promoters of the sport are profiled. In addition to covering how the movement grew and spread, the work reviews the effects of aging on performance and how the event standards and scoring were adjusted to accommodate aging. Current leaders discuss the most recent plans for the future of Masters Track and Field.
 

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Contents

The Birth of Masters Track and Field in the United States
7
The Spread of the Movement in the United States and Canada
21
Pioneer Portraits
38
The 1972 US and Canadian Masters European Tour
68
Masters MultiEvents
120
Masters Publications
143
Worldwide Expansion of the Movement
150
The Effect of Aging on Track and Field Performance
201
The Future of Masters Track and Field
218
Selected Championship Meet Results
235
Masters Former Olympians
286
Masters Hall of Fame
288
Masters Contacts
290
Notes
291
Index
297
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Page 9 - Pain was ruled not guilty of the misdemeanor of not having paid a greens fee, because the course management wouldn't sell joggers tickets, anyway.

About the author (2000)

Leonard T. Olson has been involved with the Masters since 1970 both as an award-winning competitor and administrator. A retired electronic engineer with extensive experience in technical writing, he currently lives in Poyntelle, Pennsylvania.

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