Local sprint star Gabby Thomas to make pro debut at 24th-annual Boston meet
BOSTON, Mass. (Dec. 6, 2018) - Jenny Simpson and Emma Coburn, two of America’s most accomplished middle-distance runners, will return to the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix in 2019, organizers announced today.
Tickets for the event on January 26, which forms part of the IAAF World Indoor Tour, are now on sale at NBIndoorGrandPrix.com or by calling 1-877-849-8722.
Jenny Simpson, who is coming off an excellent 2018 season, will be competing at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix for the eighth time. The 2016 Olympic bronze medalist at 1500m took the win in a gripping 3000m race at last year’s event, set an American record over 2 miles in April and most recently celebrated a record seventh title at the prestigious 5th Avenue Mile in New York City. Simpson has won three medals at IAAF World Championships, including gold in 2011. In Boston, she will line up over 5000m for the first time since 2013.
Joining Simpson in a return to Boston will be Emma Coburn, the reigning 3000m steeplechase world champion. Coburn will kick off her 2019 campaign following a successful 2018 season that saw her win her fifth straight US national steeplechase title . The 2016 Olympic bronze medalist is going to drop down in distance in Boston and will compete in the mile.
While both Simpson and Coburn are experienced veterans of the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, one athlete making her debut next month will be local sprint star Gabby Thomas. Originally from Florence in western Massachusetts, Thomas recently completed a standout athletic career at Harvard University, winning the 2018 NCAA Indoor Championships at 200m in a collegiate record 22.38sec. She ended her season with a sixth-place finish in the 200m at the IAAF Diamond League final in Brussels. In Boston, Thomas will race over 300m.
The 2019 New Balance Indoor Grand Prix kicks off at 3:45 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center at Roxbury Community College and is the only U.S. stop on the IAAF World Indoor Tour. The series of six international events with stops in Karlsruhe (Germany), Torun (Poland), Madrid (Spain), Birmingham (Great Britain) and Dusseldorf (Germany) awards overall tourwinners $20,000 and a guaranteed spot at the next edition of the IAAF World Indoor Championships inNanjing, China, 2020.
Now in its 24th year, the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix has played host to nine world records and 13 American records.
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