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World Champ Simpson Headed to NBal Boston Indoors

Historic Duo Headed to Boston on Feb. 8

Simpson, Martinez first athletes set for New Balance Indoor Grand Prix

 

BOSTON, Mass. (Dec. 10, 2013)‰ÛÓ Jenny Simpson and Brenda Martinez, two of the brightest middle-distance stars in America, kick off a roster of top athletes set to compete in the 2014 New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, organizers announced today.

 

The
Olympic-style all-star event will take place on Feb. 8 at the Reggie
Lewis Track and Athletic Center at Roxbury Community College. Tickets
are now on sale at www.nbindoorgrandprix.com or by calling 1-877-849-8722.

 

Simpson,
the 2011 IAAF World Champion at 1500 meters, became the most-decorated
American woman in history at the distance when she added a silver medal
at the 2013 World Championships in Moscow after bravely leading for much
of the race. The 27-year-old two-time Olympian, who trains in Boulder,
CO, finished fifth in the 2009 World Championships at the steeplechase,
in which she set the still-standing American Record. She also won the
5000 meters at the 2013 U.S. Championships.

 

‰ÛÏIt‰Ûªs
always a joy for me to return to Boston,‰Û said Simpson. ‰ÛÏTo be
traveling there for the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix is the best. The
meet, facilities, and organizers know how to put on a great show, and
I‰Ûªm looking forward to being a part of it again in 2014.‰Û

 

Simpson
will run the 2-Mile. The American best for that distance indoors
(9:23.38) was set by Regina Jacobs at this meet in 2002.

 

For
Martinez, 2013 was a career year outdoors. After an early-season string
of victories at 1500 meters and the mile, the 26-year-old who trains in
Big Bear, CA, went on to become the first U.S. woman in history to win
World Championships
medal at 800 meters when she took the bronze in Moscow. In that race,
she set a personal best of 1:57.91 to finish the year with PBs at six
distances.

 

‰ÛÏI‰Ûªm
very excited to open up my 2014 season at the New Balance Indoor Grand
Prix,‰Û said Martinez. ‰ÛÏThe Reggie Lewis Center is the Fenway Park of
U.S. indoor track and field. The world‰Ûªs best athletes compete at this
venue. It‰Ûªs going to be very special to me to compete in Boston, in
front of such amazing fans and my sponsor.‰Û

 

Martinez will run the 1000 meters in Boston.

 

Now in its 19th year, the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix has
played host to six World Records and 10 American Records. The first
stop in the 2014 Indoor USATF Championship Series, the meet on Saturday,
Feb. 8, will begin at a new, earlier time of 3:30 p.m.

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