2010 - Men's Millrose Games
For a race walker, competing at Madison Square Garden is an experience like seldom else in the race walking world. The uniqueness comes from a 20,000 person stadium sitting on top of a tiny bouncy 10 lap to the mile track where we race a distance not normally associated with race walking outside of high school. The old cliché that the track is the ultimate equalizer is especially true at the Garden. The short distance of the race gives youngsters a shot at beating the vets, while the bouncy curved track can wreak havoc with one's technique.
The men's race had an interesting back story. With a victory, Tim Seaman would tie race walking legend Henry Laskau for second on the all time list of track and field national title. Keep in mind, this is second on the all-time track and field list, not just race walking. Who was the most probable foe to stand in his way? Trevor Barron, Tim's young high school protégée. Barron may not be ready to challenge Seaman at the 20K, but speed goes to the youth and either a very good day by Barron or an off day by Seaman could make an interesting ride home for the duo.
Seaman, a veteran of the Milrose Games had no problem taking the race out on 6:00 pace. Relatively slow by Milrose standards, but the pace wouldn't stay there.
The story continues...