April 25, 2016
World Record-holders to Highlight adidas Boost Boston Games June 17-18
The adidas Boost Boston Games, a two-day festival featuring a fan-friendly track event and the city’s first-ever “street meet,” will debut on June 17-18, organizers announced today.
Among the top international stars set for Boston are Olympic medalists Jenn Suhr, Meseret Defar, Nick Willis, and Yohan Blake.
In addition, the prestigious adidas Dream Mile and Dream 100, which for the past several years have showcased some of the nation’s best prep athletes at the adidas Grand Prix in NYC, will move to Boston as a highlight of the event. The Dream Mile annually produces many of the fastest times in the nation, and the Dream 100 has featured prep stars who have quickly become medal contenders in Rio.
At the adidas Boost Boston Games, races 400 meters and longer will be held Friday evening, June 17, at George Dilboy Memorial Stadium in Somerville, and will be highlighted by a festival at which fans can mingle with Olympic stars.
The street meet, which will put sprints, hurdles, pole vault, and long jump in the spotlight, is set for Saturday afternoon, June 18, and will feature a Mondo track constructed on historic Charles Street between the Boston Public Garden and Boston Common. The street meet will be broadcast live on the NBC Sports Network (NBCSN).
“The City of Boston is home to some of the best sports teams and fans in the country, and I am excited that this June we will welcome the adidas Boost Boston Games to our city,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “The games will provide a unique opportunity for fans not only to interact with some of the world’s greatest athletes, but also to cheer for local youth and high school athletes who will be sharing the stage. I thank adidas for choosing Boston for a great event that will allow us to showcase our city to the world.”
Suhr, Defar, and Willis are among the most-popular track and field stars in Boston. Suhr, the 2012 Olympic gold medalist and World Indoor Record-holder, launched her career here in 2005 and has set three American Indoor Records at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center, while Defar (Ethiopia), a two-time Olympic gold medalist and former World Record-holder at 5000 meters as well as a six-time IAAF World Champion, set a World Indoor Record for 2 Miles at the Reggie Lewis in 2008. Willis (New Zealand), the 2008 Olympic silver medalist at 1500 meters, has won the Mile five times at the Reggie Lewis and is also a two-time winner of the B.A.A. Invitational Mile, held each year on Boston.