Carolinas brace for Hurricane Florence: ‘Storm of a lifetime’ may wash out USATF events

Masters are featured on the North Carolina USATF association homepage. Stay safe, you guys, and report in

Between now and Sept. 22, more than a dozen USATF events are set for USATF associations in North and South Carolina. Given the flooding and other damage expected from Hurricane Florence, I wouldn’t count on any of them takng place. Races include a bunch of 5Ks and associated fun runs in Mebane, Cary, Raleigh, Pittsboro and Charlotte — site of 2006 outdoor masters nationals.

More important than any road race are the lives of our athletes, so I hope as many as possible have cleared out and aren’t caught in the growing power outage (156,000 customers at 9 p.m. Thursday Pacific Time).

We’re especially concerned for the families and homes of Carolina athletes such as Malaga M35 gold-medal sprinter Rondrick Parker, a high school track coach in Jasper County, South Carolina. He won the 100 in 10.85 and took silver in the 200 (22.19).

Other Carolina friends:

If you’re in the Florence zone, please let us know you’re safe.

USATF calendar shows these races through Sept. 22, when the ravages of Florence may still be felt.

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Ken Stone
Ken has followed track as an athlete, writer and webmaster since the late 1960s, and saw most sessions of track and field at the 1984 Los Angeles and 1996 Atlanta Olympics. He also attended the 1988, 1992, 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012 Trials. He worked for 10 newspapers and now reports for Times of San Diego. Write him at or Story tips always welcome!

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