For the third year in a row, the very elite of American distance runners are descending on Concord, Massachusetts for the Adrian Martinez Classic, sponsored by HOKA ONE ONE. High Performance races in the 800m, 5000m and Mile are part of a unique track event that also offers community mile races for all ages, as well as two races featuring local unified track athletes. The eighth edition of the Martinez Classic, scheduled for Thursday June 2nd at Emerson Field in Concord, will truly live up to its billing as a meet with races for all ages and abilities and, as the Boston Globe headlined in its 2015 report, "A track meet like no other."
The setting is certainly unusual for high performance athletes. The track at Emerson Field is nestled between a playground, a tree-lined drive, and little league fields. Spectators ring the track, crowding 3-deep along the fence. After winning last year’s 5000m, Abbey D’Agostino commented, “I love the energy, the community - to have everyone from 3-year-olds to my grandmother, who is 84. It’s real exciting to see that track can generate that kind of audience.” Jan Holmquist, who broke the world record for the mile in the 70+ age group at last year’s Martinez Classic, also noted then the different feel to the event. “It’s a community thing. It’s perfect there.”