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Mt. SAC Hosting Virtual Inspiration Games July 9

Hilmer Lodge stadium

July 02, 2020 - 02:29 PM

Runners practice at Hilmer Lodge StadiumMt. SAC will be one of seven locations around the world that will host a virtual track meet featuring world-class athletes across the globe on Thursday July 9. 

The Weltklasse Zurich Inspiration Games will be simulcast across the world. Intricate starting devices controlled from Switzerland will allow athletes to start their races at the same time. 

Runners practice at Hilmer Lodge stadiumThe newly constructed Hilmer Lodge Stadium will host American athletes of Olympic and World Championship renown. This will mark the first ever event at the brand new stadium. The college originally planned for their 2020 commencement (graduation) celebration to be the first event at the stadium; however, COVID-19 restriction forced that to become a drive-thru ceremony. 

The inspiration Games can be watched in the USA  live on the NBC Sports website or on the Olympic Channel from 11 a.m.  -1:30 p.m PST on Thursday. The meet will also air tape-delayed on cable channel NBCSN at 5:30pm on Thursday, July 9.

At the Mt. SAC location, Allyson Felix will run the 150 m and Dalilah Muhammad will contest the 300 m hurdles, with the world-best of 38.16 by Zuzana Hejnova (CZE) from 2013 clearly in play. Greece’s Katerina Stefanidi – who vaulted at Stanford – will also compete in Walnut, CA, along with Omar Craddock in the men’s triple jump.

Here is a video by Weltklasse Zurich explaining how the event will work and the race timings will be accurately accounted for. 

To ensure safety, only one athlete will participate in one competition at a time. In addition, the event is private and unavailable to Runners practice at Hilmer Lodge stadiumspectators and media representatives.

The impact to the broader campus community should be minor, with no anticipated traffic due to the private nature of the event.