Today, the NYRR Millrose Games, one of the most prestigious indoor track and field meets in the United States, announced a new competition at this year’s meet featuring competitors training for the 2016 Invictus Games, the only international adaptive sporting event for wounded, ill, and injured active duty and veteran service members.
The 109th edition of the NYRR Millrose Games will be showcasing the country’s top track and field athletes on February 20, 2016 at the New Balance Track & Field Center from 12-6 p.m.
In partnership with the 2016 Invictus Games and the Department of Defense, the new feature sprint – “The Invictus Dash” – will feature American service members, active duty and retired, who are training to compete for the 2016 US Team in the upcoming Invictus Games and also for the Warrior Games.
The 2016 Invictus Games presented by Jaguar Land Rover will be held May 8-12, at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Over 500 hundred competitors from 15 nations are expected to compete in 10 sports including track and field.
“We are delighted to welcome and highlight these American heroes and honored for them to be a part of the historic NYRR Millrose Games,” said NYRR Millrose Games Meet Director Ray Flynn. “As they race down the track, they are sure to inspire their fellow athletes and all of us in attendance.”
Many of the country's top track & field athletes will be showcased at the historic Armory in New York City during the Millrose Games, including decathlon world record holder and Olympic champion Ashton Eaton; Summer and Winter Olympian Lolo Jones; four-time Olympic champion and a nine-time world champion sprinter Allyson Felix; 1500 meter fourth place finisher at the 2012 London Olympics and defending men's NYRR Wanamaker Mile champion Matthew Centrowitz; and 1500 meter American record holder and defending women's NYRR Wanamaker Mile champion Shannon Rowbury.
“The 2016 Invictus Games are a valuable opportunity to witness the incredible healing power of adaptive sports and to cheer on competitors and their families who have made countless sacrifices in defense of our nation,” said Ken Fisher Co-CEO of the 2016 Invictus Games. “We are delighted to partner with the NYRR Millrose Games and greatly appreciate their support of the 2016 Invictus Games and our amazing competitors.”
Fans can purchase tickets for the 109th NYRR Millrose Games here.
“The NYRR Millrose Games is honored to host the Invictus competitors in our 109th edition as they take part in the Invictus Dash. We look forward to welcoming these heroes to The Armory and having them compete in the NYRR Millrose Games,” said Dr. Norbert Sander, President of Armory Foundation.