Athletics, but not as you know it - at Nitro Athletics Melbourne

Athletics, but not as you know it - at Nitro Athletics Melbourne

It’s been described as the new sports and entertainment series set to revolutionise track and field.  A high energy, team-based competition that will see a new spin on traditional athletics presentation.

Traditional and odd-distance events, races against the clock, hurdle and 2x300m relays, Nitro power plays, steals and turbo-charges are all part of the programme for the three night show as each team strives to take out the Nitro Athletics Melbourne crown.

And England Athletics will be a part of it - click here to find out more

Promoting athletics in a different format

Nitro Athletics Melbourne event and competitions director Glenn Turnor says the aim of Nitro Athletics is to promote athletics in a different format. "This will be a different spin on traditional athletics and will include a mix of power, endurance, technique and teamwork disciplines across sprints, distance, field and para-athletics events."

He continued, "What we’ve tried to do is keep the authentic-ness of each of the disciplines, but focus more on the point scoring and the team element.  There have been countless iterations of team competitions, both in Australia and around the world, but this predominantly focusses on what all of the 24 athletes will do as part of the team."

"We wanted to showcase the talent of a jumper, a sprinter, a middle distance runner and a thrower and present it much faster, with results much quicker and build the athletes’ personalities around the events in which they are participating,” Turnor added.

The Nitro Athletics Melbourne event list and descriptions are listed below, with the hallmarks of Nitro Athletics Melbourne including:

Teams: Six international teams - Australia, Bolt All Stars, China, England, Japan and one more to be announced. Each of the Nitro Athletics teams will have a captain and be made up of 24 athletes (12 women and 12 men).  Athletes sit as a team in the team bunker on the infield when not competing.

Events: Twelve events each night based on the athletics principles of power, endurance, technique and teamwork.

Point score: Team performance rather than individual performance is rewarded, with some events featuring individual results, but many focused on combined placings and performances to reach the final event score.  Points will range from 100 for 1st to 40 points for 6th place in each event.

HOWEVER! Nitro Athletics won’t simply be about highest, fastest or strongest. 

Strategy and Tactics: Each team will have two opportunities to level the playing field by using one Nitro Power Play and one Nitro Steal. Power Plays and Steals will be drawn by random lot by each team captain at the Gala event on Thursday 2nd February.

  • Nitro Power Play: Double points for one selected event per team. These selections will be made in advance and drawn by lot – team by team.
  • Nitro Steal: Steals 50% of another team’s points from particular event – with those points added to the total of the stealing team. These selections will be made in advance and drawn by lot – team by team.
  • Nitro Turbo Charge: Applying only in the long jump - nominating one jump where the athlete will attempt to clear a declared distance i.e. 8m for men / 6.60m for women. The Turbo Charge is declared on the run way before a jump.


False Starts: Point penalties apply – 50pts first false start / 100pts second false start.

The world’s greatest athlete, Usain Bolt, will compete and captain the ‘Bolt All-Stars’ with further athlete announcements to be made in the coming weeks. The Australian squad will be announced in early December with a final team set to be announced in early January.

Nitro Athletics Melbourne will be staged on Saturday 4th and Thursday 9th, with a final on Saturday 11th February.  Night one and the final of Nitro Athletics Melbourne will feature the same programme with the Thursday night program offering a selection of alternative events from the event listing below.

Events

Discipline

Event

Women/Men Mixed

Description

Power

100m

150m

W & M

W & M

• 2 races – one for women one for men
• Combined placings determine placing / points for team; 1st + 4th = 5pts | 2nd + 3rd = 5pts etc
• Ties based on highest place from both races

Technique

Pole Vault

W & M

Running concurrently in two adjacent pits

• Pre-defined starting heights
• 4 attempts only at heights chosen by the athlete
• Combined height from W & M determine results, placing / points for team

Endurance

3 Minute Run

W & M

• Men start and run for 3mins
• Finish distance to closest 25m determines start positon of women
• Longest distance covered determines placing / points for team

Teamwork

Medley Relay

200/200/400/800

Mixed 4x400m

W & M

 

W & M on 9 Feb

• Women run 200m legs / Men run 400m/800m legs
• Finish position determines points for each team

Technique

Long Jump

W & M together

2 pits in use

• 4 attempts per athlete
• Combined placings determine placing and points
• Athlete can turbo-charge their points before one jump by predicting achievement of bonus distance - such as 8m for men, 6.60m for women

Teamwork

2 x 300m Relay

300m Sprint

W & M

• Starting at the 200m mark
• Combination of mixed and/ or men and women
• Combined placings determine placing / points for team

Technique

Hurdle Relay

100mH / 110mH

W & M

• On the back straight
• Two heats… three teams in each heat

Power

60m Speed Sprint

W & M

• 2 races – one for women one for men
• Combined placings determine placing / points for team

Power

Para Sprint

100m

200m

 

W & M

W & M on 9 Feb

• Seeded pro-style staggered start sprint
• Seeding and marks based on times
• Combined placings determine placing / points for team

Technique

Javelin

W & M

• 4 attempts
• Combined placings determine placing and points
• Bonus points for landing in defined target area
• Focus on accuracy

Endurance

Elimination Mile

Elimination 2 Mile

W & M

W & M on 9 Feb

• 2 races
• Last placed runner eliminated on designated laps
• Women and men placings combined

Teamwork

Mixed 4x100m Relay

W & M

• Mixed relay with two women and two men
• Women legs 1/2; Men legs 3/4
• Finish position determines points for each team

 

Find out more and register for tickets now at www.nitroathletics.com.au


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