In the moments before it was announced that Usain Bolt, the World’s Fastest Man, was going to be running at Penn Relays, Director Dave Johnson said that it would create the biggest crush for tickets since nine-time Olympic gold medalist Paavo Nurmi came to run, and win, the two-mile and 5,000-meter runs in 1929.
Looks like Bolt may be on his way to surpassing Nurmi in terms of interest as ticket availability is now confined only to the closed horseshoe end of the stadium.
For those coming to Franklin Field on Saturday, the expected record crowd means you’d be wise to arrive early (Bolt is scheduled to run at 2:50 pm in the USA v. the World 4×1).
TrackAlerts.com is quoting Team Jamaica technical director Donald Quarrie as saying:
“We will have two sprint relay teams for men and I should know the order by [Thursday], but Usain and Asafa [Powell] will be running the anchor legs.”
Lines may be long, so fans are urged to stay hydrated. The folks at weather.com are suggesting that the weather likely will be nice, with a high of 70 degrees.