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Entry from June 06, 2005
NYC Grand Prix (at Icahn Stadium)
The June 2005 Reebok Grand Prix at the new Icahn Stadium on Randall's Island is the stadium's first international track & field competition. It looks like the Grand Prix will be an annual event.

http://www.nyc.gov/html/sports/html/rbk_grand_prix.html
What: Reebok Grand Prix
When: Saturday, June 11, 2005- 3:30 pm
Where:: Icahn Stadium (Randall's Island)

Icahn Stadium at Randall's Island will be host to many of the world's premiere track & field athletes at the Reebok Grand Prix on June 11th at 3:30 pm. The Grand Prix will be the first international competition held at Icahn Stadium and will offer a rare opportunity for the Northeast United States to experience high caliber track & field.

The world-class competition will showcase track & field stars such as Olympic Gold Medalists Maurice Greene, Shawn Crawford, Liu Xiang, Meseret Defar and Veronica Campbell as well as Olympic Silver Medalist John Godina, eight-time World Cross Country Championship medalist Werknesh Kidane and Olympic miler Alan Webb. Greene is a three-time World Champion and has clocked three of the fastest four times in the 100-meter and is looking to cement his legacy as possibly the best male sprinter of all-time. Chinese hurdler Liu Xiang hopes to continue the momentum generated from his 110-meter hurdles world-record tying Olympic gold medal performance in Athens. Jamaican sprinter Veronica Campbell will try to add to her growing list of accomplishments at the Reebok Grand Prix. Campbell took home three medals in Athens, including gold in the 200-meter and 4x100-meter relay and bronze in the 100-meter. One of the featured events will be a showdown between Alan Webb, America's top miler in 2004, and David Krummenacker, the only American World Championship gold medalist at 800m in history. They will split the difference of their respective specialties and race in the 1000-meter.

The men's sprinter field at the Reebok Grand Prix has grown to include future stars Leonard Scott and Dwight Thomas, while 2004 Olympic champion Joanna Hayes, two-time Olympic bronze medalist Melissa Morrison and 2001 World Champion Anjanette Kirkland headline the women's 100-meter hurdles field. Four-time shot-put World Champion and two-time Olympic medalist John Godina will put his skills on display and will face off against two-time Olympic silver medalist Adam Nelson.

9 May 2005, P R Newswire:
Reebok Named Title Sponsor of First-Ever Reebok Grand Prix, a Global Track and Field Invitational, Taking Place in New York City on June 11, 2005 Event to be Held at the New State-of-the-Art Icahn Stadium

CANTON, Mass., May 9 /PRNewswire/ -- In a bold effort to build heat and buzz in the US around one of the top sports in the world, track and field, Reebok announces today its title sponsorship of the first-of-its- kind Reebok Grand Prix. The world-class track and field meet, featuring global superstar athletes, will mark the first time an international competition has ever been held at the new Icahn Stadium on Randall's Island, New York on June 11, 2005. Athletes participating in the meet will be announced soon.
"Securing title sponsorship of the Grand Prix is another step forward in Reebok's recent initiatives to enhance the brand's presence in the sport of running," said Todd Klein, Reebok's senior director of global sports marketing. "Our goal is to have the Grand Prix become one of the best outdoor meets in the US, drawing top caliber athletes from around the world. Reebok is thrilled to have the opportunity to be the title sponsor of this event."
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http://www.reebokgrandprix.com/ .
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Icahn Stadium, which opened just last spring, is the premier outdoor track-and-field venue in New York City. The $42-million facility features a 400-meter Mondo track and covered seating for spectators.

Posted by Barry Popik
Sports/Games • (0) Comments • Monday, June 06, 2005 • Permalink