KENYAN OLYMPIC TRIALS RACE TO BE HELD AT THE PREFONTAINE CLASSIC
March 15, 2012
Eugene, Oregon—Athletics Kenya and the Prefontaine Classic jointly announce that the Olympic Trials 10,000-meter race to select Kenya’s men’s team to the London Olympic Games will be held in conjunction with the Eugene Samsung Diamond League Prefontaine Classic on Friday evening, June 1st.
The race will be a part of a special “Hollister Night at Hayward”, in honor of the late Geoff Hollister, a Nike executive who was instrumental in the creation of many of Oregon’s most notable track & field and running events, including the Prefontaine Classic. Hollister Night will precede the main Eugene Samsung Diamond League meet on Saturday, June 2nd.
“We are honored that Athletics Kenya has asked the Pre Classic to host its men’s 10,000-meter selection race for the London Olympics,” said meet director Tom Jordan. “That it will be part of Hollister Night at Hayward makes it even more special.” Thanks to title sponsor Nike, Inc., there will be no admission charge for the Friday evening program.
The race will feature the top 15 Kenyan athletes in the event as identified by Athletics Kenya, the national governing body. The race will be comprised exclusively of Kenyan athletes. As with the U.S. Olympic Trials, no pacesetters will be provided, promising a race of strategy and suspense over the 25 laps. The top 2 finishers will automatically make the team to London, with the 3rd member being selected by the federation.
The decision by Athletics Kenya to move the race from Nairobi where it is typically held was based on the fact that Eugene’s altitude and weather conditions are similar to those the runners are likely to encounter in London. At 1680 meters (5672 feet), Nairobi’s altitude is vastly higher than London’s at sea-level (16 meters), while Eugene at 116 meters is comparable to the Olympic host city.
The Olympic Trials race during Hollister Night at Hayward will be a fitting introduction to Saturday’s 38th annual Prefontaine Classic, the 4th stop on the prestigious Samsung Diamond League circuit of the world’s top track & field meets. Last year, the SDL Eugene meeting was rated No. 1 in the world for quality of results by All-Athletics.com, the statistical partner of the Samsung Diamond League.
Tickets for the meet on Saturday, June 2nd are on sale at www.preclassic.com, www.goducks.com, from 1-800-WEBFOOT, or in person at the Autzen Stadium ticket windows. Saturday’s meet will be shown live on NBC starting at 3 p.m. Eastern Time.