Normally I don’t give much notice beforehand when I have competitions. That’s because I believe there aren’t too many people following my blog who live in Dakar…Osaka…or Rio that need to be notified that I’ll be competing right around the corner from them. But now that I have my first two competitions coming up that are going to be on U.S. soil, I figured I’d give those of you who are stateside a heads up. This weekend I’ll be competing at the Reebok Grand Prix in New York. If you are from New York or can easily travel by plane, train, or automobile, I suggest you make it a point to be there. Of course me being there should be incentive enough, but it also is sure to be a truly exciting and competitive meet, with plenty of your favorite Olympians and world-class athletes. The same can be said for the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon, my next meet on June 7th.
For those of you who can’t make it, both meets will be broadcast on NBC. (Reebok on May 30th from 4:30 to 6pm Eastern time and Pre on June 7th from 11am to 1pm Pacific time). Of course trying to catch a glimpse of me on T.V. will be about as easy as spotting a shooting star. It’s possible…just not probable. I will be competing in the long jump and the best we can hope for is a shot of us in the background as they pan around the track during the mile. Field events get no love on T.V. broadcasts in the U.S., and while I will do my best to do my stretching right by the broadcaster getting ready to introduce the field in the 400 meters, I make no promises you will see me unless you are there live in person.
Hope to see you there! (or just wish me luck and tell me how you wish you could be there…)