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September 2005
George Mathews

The 2005 National Outdoor Masters Track & Field Championships are in the books. This meet was a unique experience for all who participated. Even though we only had 802 athletes at this meet, it seemed bigger, probably because of all the family and friends who were there as well.
Everyone seemed to have a good time, both on and off the track. As usual, the athletes continued to break records at a fast clip.
Congratulations to all our athletes and the wonderful, friendly hospitality of the local organizing committee.
Special thanks to Mark Zeug who worked long and hard to make this meet a reality.
The officials were, as usual, the unsung heroes of the meet. That sun was hot and the officials continued at their posts providing a professional athletic experience for everyone. Thank you!
Biggest thanks should go to Sandy Pashkin and her Games Committee who also have been working for years, and night and day, Monday through Sunday during the meet to make everything work so well. Thanks again, Sandy!
Also on Wednesday before the meet, the Executive Committee worked from 9 to 5, in a conference room with no windows, on the second part of the USATF Masters Track & Field Strategic Plan. Even though he wasnt able to attend, Todd Taylor gave us the template to nearly complete the task.
All participants worked really hard on a plan that I believe everyone will appreciate. We will have the latest update in the next issue of National Masters News.

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