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Press Release
April 28, 2009

NEW YORK, N.Y. (April 28) Ė Jamaican sprint stars Asafa Powell and Shelly-Ann Fraser and Kenyan distance specialist Micah Kogo, along with Americaís pole vault standout Jenn Stuczynski and top sprinter Allyson Felix, will compete at the 2009 Reebok Grand Prix, organizers announced today.

The Reebok Grand Prix is the fourth stop of USA Track & Fieldís Visa Championship Series and will be held at 3:00pm on May 30, at Icahn Stadium on Randallís Island.

Jamaicaís Powell, 26, held the 100 meter world record from June 2005 to May 2008 and has consistently broken the 10 second barrier in competition while running under 9.80 more times than all other sprinters combined. The two-time Olympian won a gold medal and broke the world record in the 4x100m Relay as the anchor of the Jamaican team in Beijing.

Powellís teammate, Shelly-Ann Fraser became the first Jamaican woman in history to win an Olympic gold medal in the 100 meter dash when she bested her fellow country women at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Fraser's winning time of 10.78 seconds was a personal best and 0.20 seconds faster than her Jamaican teammates.

Less than one month ago, Kogo, 22, broke the world record for 10 kilometers on his way to winning the 21st Parelloop 10k in Brunssum, Holland.  The Kenyan distance star won bronze in the 10,000 meters at the Beijing Olympics.

The 27-year old Stuczynski broke her own American indoor record in the pole vault when she successfully cleared 15 feet, 10 inches at the 2009 U.S. Indoor Nationals giving her a seventh U.S. title. The 2008 Olympic silver medalist has been the number one ranked American pole vaulter since 2006.

American sprinter Felix is the current and two-time world champion at 200 meters. The 23-year old ran her seasonís best time in Beijing, earning her second silver medal in the event. She also took home her first Olympic gold this past summer as part of the 4x400m relay team.

The Reebok Grand Prix, in its fifth year, is one of the nationís premier outdoor track & field invitational meets. It features Olympic stars, top high school athletes and a Fastest Kid in New York competition for 7- and 8-year-olds.  Events include menís and womenís sprints, hurdles, middle-distance races, the pole vault and invitational high school races. Increased and upgraded backstretch seating at track level is being added to accommodate the growing demand and interest from fans in the New York area. Tickets are on sale now by phone at 1-877-TIX-TRAC or on-line at www.ReebokGrandPrix.com. Additional updates, photos and information can be found by visiting the Reebok Grand Prix pages on Facebook and Twitter.

Icahn Stadium, a state-of-the-art facility on Randall's Island featuring a 400-meter Mondo track and covered seating for spectators, is the premier outdoor track-and-field venue in New York City. It was built by the Randall's Island Sports Foundation (RISF) in partnership with New York City Department of Parks. The facility is programmed, operated and maintained by RISF.




Event to feature international Olympic and World Champion stars of track & field


WHAT:                     Tickets for the 2009 Reebok Grand Prix are now available.  In its fifth year, the event plays host to athletes from more than 30 nations, as well as a host of Olympic champions and world records holders.


Among this yearís event headliners will be three-time world champion American sprinter Tyson Gay, three-time heptathlon world champion Carolina Kluft of Sweden, reigning 100-meter world champion Veronica Campbell-Brown and two-time Olympian Asafa Powell of Jamaica and 2009 world cross-country champion Gebre Gebremariam of Ethiopia.

As one of the nationís premier outdoor track & field invitational meet, the Reebok Grand Prix features Olympic stars, top high school athletes and a Fastest Kid in New York competition for 7- and 8-year-olds.  Events include menís and womenís sprints, hurdles, middle-distance races, the pole vault, and invitational high school races.

WHERE:                   Icahn Stadium

Randallís Island

Take the 4, 5, 6 or MTA Metro-North Railroad to 125 Street, then take the X80 express bus on Lexington Avenue between 125th and 126th Streets, which runs non-stop to and from Randallís Island


WHEN:                     Saturday, May 30, 2009

                                    3:00 p.m.

INFO:                        www.reebokgrandprix.com 

TICKETS:                   Tickets for the 2009 Reebok Grand Prix are on sale at 1-877-TIX-TRAC (877-849-8722) or through www.reebokgrandprix.com.Ticket prices range from $20-$60.

The Reebok Grand Prix will be broadcast live nationally on NBC on May 30th from 4:30pm to 6:00pm EST.



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