The 2009 USA Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships at Prince George’s Sports and Learning Center in Landover Maryland attracted some of the world’s top masters athletes, including at least 12 Olympians and 58 reigning world record holders according to the Cool Running site. With the theme of lifetime fitness, the meet is open to all athletes 30 and up. The oldest competitor is 95. TriathlonTrialLawyer Doug Landau had the opportunity to compete in the 45-49 age group.
Nearly 1,000 athletes – a record for the USA Masters Indoor Championships since the meet’s 1974 beginnings and the most for any masters indoor meet ever in North America – will compete. The MD-DC-VA area is home to an unusually large number of masters athletes, and the Herndon Reston Virginia area injury and disability lawyer Doug Landau ran as a long-time member of the D. C. Road Runners Club (DCRRC). Shown to the left are Julie Hayden from the Athena Track Club and D.C. area photographer and race correspondent George Banker.