The City of Kamloops in partnership with the Kamloops Track and Field Club will host the first World Masters Indoor Championship in North America on March 1-6, 2010.
Athletes both men and women, thirty-five years of age and above in five year age groups will compete in a full range of indoor track and field events at the Tournament Capital Centre such as running, jumping, throwing, and race walking. There will also be a half-marathon on Tranquille Road beyond the airport, an eight kilometre cross-country run at McArthur Island Park and a 10 kilometre race-walk on Schubert Drive. There is no qualifying standard so the event is open to everyone to participate.
The six-day event will attract an estimated 3,000 visitors to the City including athletes, coaches, medical staff, officials and families and will spend approximately $2.25 million during their stay.
Athletic disciplines include all common stadium events (running, jumping, throwing and race walking) as well as non-stadium events (marathon, half marathon, cross country races and the road race walking)
Indoor Championships offer stadia indoor events as well as winter outdoor throwing events (javelin, discus, and hammer) and Non Stadia events such as the 1/2 marathon, 8 km cross country and 10 km road race-walk. Indoor and Outdoor Championships are held in alternate years in a different country. We expect broad international representation of athletes ranging from several hundred of the larger countries to sometimes over 1,000 from the host country) to host a few from smaller or poorer countries. Athlete’s participation is 100 % funded by them. There are no monetary rewards for athletes, medals and diplomas are awarded for the first three finishers.
Bob Cowden, a volunteer leader in many sporting organizations in the Kamloops region, will co-chair the championships, along with event & meet manager Judy Armstrong.
Additional members of the World Masters Championship Board of Directors are: Kris Austin (Accommodation), Carol Allen (Accreditation & Registration), Helen Newmarch (Ceremonies), Byron McCorkell (Facilities), Allan Bell (Competition Chair), Al McLeod (Competition Equipment Manager), Brian Beck (Entry Chair), Doug Stewart (Finance), Doug Wittal and Rick Kurzac (Friends of the Games), Gerard Hayes (Food & Hospitality Services), Sandra Dever (Medal Coordinator), Andy Philipot (Medical), Neville Flanagan (Non-Stadia Event Manager), John and Carol Cull (Officials), Barb Waters (Results & Video), Shannon Wallis (Games Secretary), Gord Giles (Security), Peter Fejfar (Technical Manager), Tony Dufficy (Transportation), Chris Whyte (Volunteer Director) Remzi Karahasan (Website Management) and Brian Keaveney (WMA Liaison).
The official unveiling of the 2010 World Masters Indoor Championship logo will take place at the Tournament Capital Centre on November 13, 2008 at 4:45 p.m. Media and the public are welcome to attend this event.