Formerly known as the adidas Grand Prix, the adidas Boost Boston Games brings the world’s best track and field athletes to Boston, offering fans the chance to get up close to Olympic and World Champions. Held over two days, the adidas Boost Boston Games will showcase world-class middle and long distance stars at Somerville’s Dilboy Stadium on Friday, June 17, followed by a fan festival highlighted by a barbecue and autograph sessions.
Saturday will feature the fastest men and women in the world racing down Charles Street on a specially installed Mondo track between Boston Common and the Public Garden. Fans and visitors to the park will feel the rush as Olympic and World Champion sprinters, hurdlers, pole vaulters, and long jumpers take center stage in the heart of Boston.
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The first session of the adidas Boost Boston Games will be held at Dilboy Memorial Stadium, on Alewife Brook Parkway in nearby Somerville. This Friday night event will feature Olympic and World Champions at distances from 400 meters to 5000 meters, in addition to youth and club races and the prestigious adidas Dream Mile for both boys and girls, showcasing the best high school milers in America.
Bleachers are available but fans are welcome to stand trackside to cheer on many of the same athletes they’ll be watching this summer in Rio. Admission is $10, and includes a post-race barbecue and autograph session. Concessions will also be available for purchase during the meet.
With an elevated straight track specially constructed between the Boston Common and Public Garden, some of the world’s fastest men and women will sprint down Charles Street, wowing fans who will be able to almost touch the track. Nearby, world-class pole vaulters and long jumpers will also put on a show.
Tickets for the street meet are $50 for premium seating and $100 for VIP seating, both at the finish line for the sprints and hurdles. Premium tickets include a complimentary adidas T-shirt, as well as light snacks and beverages; VIP ticket-holders get an adidas shirt, food and beverage, and a $50 adidas gift card. Standing room for the sprints, hurdles, pole vault, and long jump is free on a first-come, first-served basis. Parking will be available at the Boston Common Garage for the the Saturday portion.
Provisional List of Events 5:45PM - 9:00PMResults
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If there has ever been a more-gorgeous day in the U.S. to watch sprinters, hurdlers, pole vaulters and long jumpers take to the streets of a U.S. city for an Olympic-caliber track meet, we don’t know when it was. Oh wait, yes we do … Never! The first “street meet” ever held in this country, the adidas Boost Boston Games was greeted by bright sunshine, huge crowds and thrilling performances.
After a dominating win by speedster Tori Bowie at 100 meters, exciting hurdles victories by Tiffany Porter and Ronnie Ash, triumphs in the prestigious high-school adidas Dream 100 by Amaru Patterson and Eric Stokes, and the coronation of Lailah Harris and Jayden Taylor as the Fastest Kids in Boston, the day was capped off by the photo finish in the men’s 100 meters that left the thousands of fans already talking about next year.
In that race, the USA’s Marvin Bracy upset two-time Olympic silver medalist Yohan Blake of Jamaica to win in a photo finish. Both men were given the same time, 10.23, with Bracy given the nod by two-thousandth of a second.
“The crowd was more electrifying than anything,” said Bracy. “They definitely showed a lot of love.”
Full results available here. And see you next year!