i wanted to comment on and old post, i know the blocks like bill gates knows computers. you want the block of the future , i got 50 designs of different sets of startingblocks. i was the greatest starter that ever tried a pair out. i started with 2×4’s as tomatoe stakes for foot pedals. i have a dream to one day to invent my ideals because track and feild has been good to me. Andrew Crichton, im the guy you need on blocks . man i got away to make blocks cheaper than the market ever seen. everything from pressure pads , starters command system , reaction time , 10 degree to 45 degree angles built in lane markers, speakers , detection lights, suction cup vacumed seal to the track, led lights, custom wings on footpedals. let me stop i even got a block that 2 people can use at the same time the double block and it tells in practice everything were talking about. big boy blocks come from big boy thinkers . i want to be the creator of the best most duriable most prettiest startingblock on the market.
With the rise of numerous regional championships, as well as the growth in Olympic-style multi-sport events (such as the Commonwealth Games and the Pan-American Games ), competitions between international track and field athletes became widespread. From the 1960s onwards, the sport gained more exposure and commercial appeal through television coverage and the increasing wealth of nations. After over half a century of amateurism, the amateur status of the sport began to be displaced by growing professionalism in the late 1970s.  As a result, the Amateur Athletic Union was dissolved in the United States and it was replaced with a non-amateur body solely focused on the sport of athletics: The Athletics Congress (later USA Track and Field ).  The IAAF soon followed suit in 1982, abandoning amateurism, and later removing all references to it from its name by rebranding itself as the International Association of Athletics Federations.  The following year saw the establishment of the IAAF World Championships in Athletics —the first ever global competition just for athletics—which, with the Olympics, became one of track and field's most prestigious competitions.