About The Adrian Martinez Classic:
The 4th annual Adrian Martinez Classic, an evening of one mile races for all ages and all abilities, will take place on Saturday July 7th, 2012, beginning at 4:00pm. The event, sponsored by New Balance, aims to bring together the entire New England running community – from youth runners to seniors, from beginners to elites.
The evening begins with youth races for ages 5 and up, includes a “First-timers mile” for those who have never raced on the track before, and progresses through the age groups to the seniors races. (At the 2010 Adrian Martinez Classic, Mary Harada of the Liberty Athletic Club broke the world mile record in the 75+ age group.) The evening culminates with a set of elite races offering prize money and a bonus for the first male to break 4:00 and first female to break 4:30. Thanks to the generous sponsorship by New Balance, the 2012 edition will expand to include an elite 800m and 3000m.
The Adrian Martinez Classic is held in memory of Adrian Martinez, a 2002 graduate of Concord-Carlisle High School in Concord, MA, and 2006 graduate of Williams College. While at Concord-Carlisle, Adrian was captain of both the cross-country and track teams, and was Dual County League champion in the mile. After his passing, his family established a scholarship in his memory, administered by the CCHS Scholarship Fund (for more information, please see http://www.ccscholarshipfund.org/). Proceeds from the Adrian Martinez Classic go to support the Adrian A. Martinez Scholarship as well as the CCHS track / XC programs.
The event is both a fitting tribute to a Adrian, and an appropriate way to support the scholarship in his memory. More than that, the aim of the event is to try to do something different for the New England running scene: Bring elite track back to the Northeast, but only as part of something greater – an event in which everyone can both participate and spectate, and an evening which is as much about bringing together the entire community as it is about the races on the track.