and we'll discuss your thoughts. The following article is written by Coreen Steinbach about her recent trip to the World Masters Indoor Championships
, held in Budapest, Hungary. I would like to compile a list of personal stories from the 2014 Boston Marathon. If you or someone you know would like to share their story, please share the above email with them.
Thousand of Masters athletes from around the world met in Budapest, Hungary to test themselves against the best in the world in their age group. This is the story of 3 time medalist, Coreen Steinbach of Pompey, New York.
"I recently competed in the World Masters Indoor Track Championships in Budapest, Hungary. It was a spectacular experience and one I will never forget.
This was my 7th competition at the World level and probably the most positive from several perspectives.
The meet itself proved quite a contrast to Outdoor Worlds which were held in Porto Alegre, Brazil this past October. We ran in the most severe weather conditions I have ever experienced in Brazil; lightning, torrential downpours. The meet went on despite these conditions. Athletes were throwing implements in dangerous lightning strikes; we were on the track despite it all. This would never happen in a meet in the US. There were a myriad of other technical problems at the meet as well. I tell people that the trip to Brazil was an education not a vacation. I won the gold medal in the 1500 so that was wonderful experience and certainly made the trip worthwhile.
Budapest was an entirely different experience. The city, itself, is magnificent. The architecture, history, culture, and lovely people are epic. The beauty is breathtaking.
The track meet took place at an awesome complex. There were two indoor tracks connected by a hallway; both excellent banked tracks. There was a beautiful outdoor warm up facility as well. This was a luxury; oftentimes you have to improvise somewhere to warm up. There was even lovely statuary gracing the infield in the warm up area.
The meet was efficient, on time; clean bathrooms were abundant. You learn when you travel the world to compete that these things are rare and very appreciated! Even the awards ceremonies were handled in a timely manner.
I had a successful meet; actually beyond my expectations. I won the bronze in the 3000 and silvers in the 1500 and 800. I have never seen a higher level competition. Everyone wanted to visit Budapest, I guess!
Doping control was in full effect. This was not the case in Brazil.
World Masters competition affords an experience like no other. You meet athletes from every corner of the world. The energy and enthusiasm is incredible. You witness athletes competing at the very highest level challenging preconceived notions that we must slow as we age. Records are smashed. There is something so inspiring seeing people in the 90 or even 95 age group traveling to a far away country to put their foot on a starting line."
by Coreen Steinbach