This weekend, the third annual Adidas Boost Boston Games will take place featuring both track and road races throughout Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday, races will be held at the Henry G. Steinbrenner Stadium on the MIT campus starting at 5:30 p.m. EDT while Sunday’s games will be held in Boston Common starting at 12 noon EDT. Both day’s events are free to the public, but only Sunday will be televised.
Saturday’s races will include the Olympic and World Champions 800m to 5000m competitions, the youth and club races and the Adidas Boys and Girl Dream Miles featuring the best high school milers in the US. Sunday will include a street portion with sprint events.
For the distance events, superstars such as Robby Andrews, Ajee Wilson, Raevyn Rogers, Caroline Kipkirui, Nick Willis, Muktar Edris, Chris O’Hare and Robby Andrews will be competing in the games. Having only been beaten by Caster Semenya and Francine Niyonsaba in 2017, Wilson is favored to win the women’s 800m since both aforementioned females won’t be racing this weekend. On Monday, Wilson also ran the 1500 in 4:05.18 to set a new PR.
In the sprints, some of the nation’s best track athletes will be racing against each other including Steven Gardiner, Noah Lyles, Jereem Richards, Shaunae Miller-Uibo, Keni Harrison, Tori Bowie, Yohan Blake and Akani Simbine. IAAF World Championships silver medalist, Gardiner has made his mark in the global quarter-mile rankings with his time of 43.87 seconds at the Diamond League opener in Doha two weeks ago.
Last year, the 22-year-old Bahamian earned silver at Worlds and this past April set another PR in Coral Gables with his 19.75 second finish in the 200m. Gardnier will compete against Commonwealth champion and world bronze medalist Jereem Richards and 2009 world championship medalist and Rio Olympic finalist Alonso Edward.
In the distance meet, Ethiopia’s 2016 world indoor Dawit Seyaum and Gudaf Tsegay will headline the women’s 1500 meters and Kenya’s Caroline Kipkirui will lead the 5000 meters field. The men’s mile will feature Poland’s Marcin Lewandowski, two-time Olympic medalist and New Zealander Nick Willis and European bronze medalist indoors and out, Great Britian’s Chris O’Hare.
The Adidas Boost Boston Games begin on Saturday, May 19 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Sunday, May 20 on Charles Street from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Races are free to spectators but VIP tickets can be purchased for $125 and come with an Adidas shirt, food and beverage and a $50 Adidas gift card. The games will be shown live on the NBC Sports Network on May 19 from 1-2 p.m. EDT and on NBC from 2-3 p.m. EDT.