Olympian David Torrance setting the meet record of 3:53 in the mile in 2017

Adrian Martinez Classic returns for 13th Edition

May 25, 2023

The Adrian Martinez Classic is back for its 13th edition, after a four-year hiatus in Concord. 

This distinctive track meet has earned a reputation as a unique convergence of Olympians, high school athletes and runners of all ages, for an evening filled with competitive spirit and community camaraderie.

The event will showcase some of the region’s top athletes in high performance events, including 800-meter, 1500, and 5000 races. In previous years, the Classic has been a stage for elite performances, with as many as 10 men breaking the 4 minute barrier in the ADRO mile race.

In addition to the high-performance contests, the Adrian Martinez Classic welcomes runners of all abilities to participate in community mile races, and younger competitors under 8 years old in an 800-meter (half mile) race. The event is an inclusive space for kids as young as 5, masters as old as 75. The spirit of local family competition will be rekindled in the Family 4×400.

Marathon Sports and OOFOS are primary sponsors.

Olympians Elle Purrier-St. Pierre and Abbey Cooper celebrate after the women’s 5000m in 2019.

At its core, the Adrian Martinez Classic is a tribute to the life and legacy of Adrian Martinez, a champion miler who graduated from Concord-Carlisle High School in 2002. Known for his humility, caring nature, and love for learning, Adrian was a beacon of leadership, both academically and athletically. This event serves as a heartfelt homage to his love for running and his ability to bring people together.

All proceeds from the Adrian Martinez Classic will support the Adrian Martinez Scholarship Fund, administered by The Scholarship Fund of Concord and Carlisle, and the Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS) Track & Field programs. These initiatives embody Adrian’s passion for distance running and education, continuing his legacy of kindness, humility, and leadership. Interested parties can donate online at paypal.me/martinezclassic.

For further information for the event, please visit https://www.martinezclassic.com/ or contact Steve Lane at stevelane6@gmail.com.