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Big names on the track, in the booth for HOKA ONE ONE Middle Distance Classic

5/10/2016
 

INDIANAPOLIS -- An all-star team of broadcasters will bring the HOKA ONE ONE Middle Distance Classic webcast to life, live on USATF.TV on Friday, May 20.

 

Veteran broadcaster Paul Swangard joins forces with distance legends Alan Webb, Carrie Tollefson and Chris Solinsky for the meet webcast, which will be webcast free as a trial for USATF.TV’s new +PLUS webcasting platform.

 

Live streaming of the meet begins at 6:10 p.m. PT. The women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase will kick off action from Occidental College and races will continue through 9 p.m. PT.

 

Swangard has years of experience in webcast, television broadcasting and in-stadium announcing, while Tollefson, a 2004 Olympian at 1,500m, has worked frequently with Swangard calling distance races for USATF.TV broadcasts and webcasts.

 

Webb and Solinsky will make their USATF.TV webcasting debuts. The subject of the most-watched documentary ever on USATF.TV, Webb is the American record holder in the mile, a 2004 Olympian, and famously became the first high schooler to break 4:00 in the indoor mile. Solinsky was a five-time NCAA champion and the first American man to break 27:00 in the 10,000 meters. A wildly popular runner, Solinsky recently announced his retirement from competitive track and field.

 

Quality Fields

The talent in the booth will be matched by the talent on the track. The 2016 HOKA ONE ONE Middle Distance Classic already has marquee athletes entered, including two-time Olympian, World Championships bronze medalist and American record holder Shannon Rowbury; Olympic silver medalist, 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials marathon champion and American record holder Galen Rupp; Olympians Evan Jager, Lopez Lomong, Leo Manzano, Emma Coburn, Morgan Uceny and Geena Gall; relay world record holder Kyle Merber and relay American record holders Robby Andrews, Casimir Loxsom and David Torrence.

 

The HOKA ONE ONE Middle Distance Classic annually brings together hundreds of the country’s top middle and long-distance runners, as well as international contenders, early in the competitive season, providing a domestic opportunity to post World Championship and Olympic-qualifying times. Held each May, the meet provides competitive opportunities for elite athletes at distances from 800 through 5,000 meters.

 

The HOKA ONE ONE Middle Distance Classic is the third outdoor meet of the 2016 USATF Championship Series, USATF’s premier series of international-caliber meets in the United States.

 

Held at Jack Kemp Stadium on the campus of Occidental College in Los Angeles, general admission tickets are available at the gate for $10, beginning at 5 p.m. on May 20. Students and USATF members can purchase tickets for $5.

 

On the +PLUS side

The webcast of the HOKA ONE ONE Middle Distance Classic will be free to the public, and will display the type of broadcast-quality content available on USATF’s new +PLUS subscription platform. With USATF’s expanded partnership with RunnerSpace, subscribers immediately gain access to 70+ live events and 2000+ on-demand event archives and original series produced by RunnerSpace through existing partnerships including AthleticsCanada.tv, ArmoryTrack.com, DyeStat.com and many others. Current RunnerSpace +PLUS subscribers automatically have access to USATF.TV +PLUS at no additional cost or account changes.

 

Subscriptions for +PLUS start at $8.33 per month. For a limited time, current USATF Members can receive an exclusive 10% off discounts on subscription plans on the +PLUS platform by using code “USATFPLUS16” while signing up HERE.

 

For more information on the HOKA ONE ONE Middle Distance Classic, including status of entries, visit http://www.usatf.org/Events-/Events-/-Calendar/2016/Hoka-One-One-Middle-Distance-Classic.aspx

 

 

Amanda Brooks
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