Masters Track & Field
Chair Report - June 2006
Charlotte is Ready!
The question is, are you? Part of your
Championship Games Committee (Jim Flanik, Carroll DeWeese and George Mathews)
made our final site visit to this year's venue for the Outdoor Masters Track
& Field Championships at the beautiful University of North Carolina -
Charlotte, Irwin Belk Track & Field Center. Our bottom-line assessment: they
We were greeted with real Southern hospitality. Everyone,
starting with meet director, Dr. Gordon Edwards, was very friendly and eager to
please in all aspects of the meet. Several things came as a surprise to some of
We started with the track, of course. This is
a beautiful facility and is well maintained. A new hammer circle and cage have
recently been put in. This can sometimes be a bad thing, but the concrete
was done right and is ready to go for some record performances.
in addition to Dr. Edwards, was Tony Wayne, Coordinator of Officials, who will
lead maybe the finest group of officials we have ever had for our championships.
There were friendly negotiations concerning various aspects of the meet, ending
with agreement that we believe will please most of our athletes.
We made sure there will be many tents to protect athletes from the
summer sun. Head Track & Field coach Robert Olesen was available to answer
On Thursday evening we attended The Championship
Management Team Meeting, at which we were impressed by the number and quality of
the people involved. Representatives from all aspects of the organizing
committee were on hand to make their reports and answer any questions we had. We
had a few.
The biggest surprise was the on-campus housing.
Housing manager Laura Elam made sure we didn't refer to her housing as "dorms."
Earlier, we had visited several on-campus housing buildings,
which are the best we have seen for our meets. The Games Committee will be
staying in this housing as well.
The units are either suites (two
bedrooms, one bathroom) or apartments (four bedrooms, two baths) with individual
air-conditioning controls for each unit. If you are traveling alone, the Visit
Charlotte Housing Bureau will set you up with suite/apartment mates. The best
part of this, I think, is the cost at $35-$39 per night, which should make this
meet very attractive to all our athletes.
For those wanting conventional
hotels, the rates run from $69.95-$103.50. This is very reasonable for most
people. We probably won't see rates much lower than this anywhere.
food service manager promises great food when we want it and at a great price,
$57 (four breakfasts, three dinners), or $88 (four breakfasts, four lunches,
Dr. Brent Maxwell will have complimentary "Chiropractic
Performance Care" available, as we had in Boston.
If all this isn't
enough, I can tell you from personal experience that North Carolina is one of
the best tourist destinations in the United
I spent many summers as a youth on the Outer
Banks. I really enjoyed this "birthplace of flight" at Kitty Hawk (the Wright
Brothers National Memorial), Cape Hatteras, the Kill Devil Hills sand dunes, and
Nags Head. I particularly enjoyed the Lost Colony Outdoor Drama at the historic
waterside theater on Roanoke Island in Manteo, NC.
You also have the
beautiful Great Smokey Mountains to explore. Some might enjoy visiting the Lowes
Motor Speedway in Charlotte. For those who like to go "fast," there is the
Richard Petty Experience.
Charlotte also has Paramount's Carowinds Water
and Theme Parks, Victory Lane Indoor Karting Center, and Balloons Over Carolina
to name a few. The National Whitewater Center will open in June,
just 30 minutes from UNCC.
You can also find some of the best shopping in
the U.S. in Charlotte and the surrounding area. High Point is nearby with
the greatest offering of discount residential furniture anywhere in the
Book Flights Early
Located in one of the largest population
corridors in the U.S., this meet should be our biggest ever. If you are
flying in, purchase your tickets as soon as possible. The demand is high.
Everybody wants to be in Charlotte for these great championships.