Race organizers are gearing up to get more than 100 events running across the country in the coming year.
And they’re doing it in a way that makes sense, given that the 2020 Olympic Games are set to start in just over two months.
The 2018 Winter Olympics were held in the same year.
“We’re in an era of increased accessibility and the ability to have our events in all 50 states,” said Matt Gresko, the director of events at the Winter Olympics organizing committee.
“The Winter Olympics are going to be a huge opportunity for us.”
The Olympic venues have a few more months to go until the opening ceremonies of the 2020 Games are held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
That’s still months away, however, and the Winter Games are already in their final weeks of planning.
“There are a lot of moving parts that need to be done, and we’re just not there yet,” Greskoesaid.
“A lot of our planning is still being done, so we’re working through that.”
A lot is still happening for 2020 Olympic organizers.
For one, the games will begin with a two-day Olympic marathon, with events scheduled from the start of February through the end of March.
This includes two days of racing and a day for the Olympic Committee to announce the athletes who have qualified.
The race will run in the center of Rio, a city that has become synonymous with Olympic games, and will be held in a city where many Olympic competitors have run to make it to the finish line.
“For us, it’s about being able to offer an experience that we haven’t had in the past,” Grestko said.
“It’s about creating something special, and it’s going to allow people to get involved in the Games.”
The Games will also include a relay event.
Running in a relay is a race in which runners from the same event are split into two groups.
After running the course in their respective groups, they are matched up against each other in a timed race to decide who is going to take home the medal.
“When you’re running in a two mile race in a stadium, it really makes a difference,” Greko said of the medal competition.
“You don’t have to do that in a marathon.
It makes a huge difference.”
The organizers also plan to offer more than 20 different sports for the Games, including horse races, weightlifting, weight-lifting events, obstacle races, and more.
These events are not only exciting for spectators, but are also a way to attract more people to the Games.
“We’re hoping to bring more people in than ever,” Gretko said, adding that the number of people who show up for races will be higher than ever.
“I think we’re going to have some very good numbers for us in 2020.”
The Olympics are expected to cost an estimated $15 billion, which means that a lot more will have to be invested than in the last three Winter Olympics, Greska said.
For the organizers, that’s a good thing.
“They’re going in to get a really good product, and hopefully the people that are coming here to see it are going in because they love the sport,” he said.
“The amount of investment we’ve put into the Olympic Games is really something that’s really rewarding to the Olympic Movement,” Grenko added.
“People are excited for what’s to come, and they’re going into the Games with an understanding that we’re coming to get them there.
We have a vision that we want to build on.”
Gresko said that the organizers have already been meeting with the IOC to try to get the money they need to begin preparations.
“Every time we have meetings, we’re able to say, ‘We understand, this is what we need to do,'” he said, pointing to the Olympics in Sochi, Russia, in 2014 and Rio de la Plata, Brazil, in 2020.
“These are things that we can do.”
In addition to the funding and infrastructure, organizers are working on bringing more events to people who might otherwise not have a chance to attend.
“If you have a passion for something, and you’re really passionate about it, then the Games are a great opportunity for you,” Gremko said about the Olympics.
“But we know that there’s a lot that we need.”
For example, organizers have been working to make the Winter Olympic games more accessible.
Gresksaid that the Winter games were not the only time that people have been able to watch the games, because of the technology and the ease of accessing the internet.
“Now, we have the Olympics and we have this huge platform,” he added.
That said, organizers plan to make changes to the event to make sure that the games can be enjoyed by people who otherwise might not be able to attend events.
“At this point, we are making the Olympics accessible for everybody,” Grend