EUGENE, Ore. – Calling all U.S. track and field athletes!
If you’re looking for a world-class competitive opportunity on American soil prior to the Rio Olympics, we’ve got the perfect scenario – the 2016 TrackTown Summer Series on Friday, July 29 at Hayward Field.
Besides being held in the U.S., this meet is unique in a number of ways:
- It will be televised live on ESPN.
- Athletes will compete for approximately $11,000 in prize money in each event.
- The total purse will be $225,000, which includes a bonus for the winning team.
- It will be a four-way, team-scored competition.
- Teams will represent cities of Portland, San Francisco, New York City and Philadelphia.
- Each team will have a roster of 36 athletes, split evenly between men and women.
- Participating athletes will be chosen in an eight-round draft on June 25.
- Athletes drafted in the top rounds will receive a bonus.
- The roster will be filled out via free agency; total of 144 athletes.
- A travel stipend, housing and meals will be provided for each athlete.
- Competition at the meet features 10 men’s and 10 women’s events.
- One of the events is a 4-mile road race open to the public.
The TrackTown Summer Series is designed to attract the best American athletes and give them a chance to compete in a domestic meet in front of a live television audience.
But first you have to register for the athlete draft!
To sign up, visit TrackTownSummerSeries.com and select “Athlete Draft Registration” from the right side of the page. All entries must be received by June 15 at 5 p.m. (Pacific). A list of accepted athletes into the draft will be announced on June 20. The draft will take place on June 25.
Several top Americans have already registered for the TrackTown Summer Series athlete draft, including 2012 Olympic high jump silver medalist Erik Kynard; 2016 IAAF World Indoor 800m gold medalist Boris Berian; 2013 IAAF World Championship 800m bronze medalist Brenda Martinez; and 2016 IAAF World Indoor 800m finalist Laura Roesler.
There is just a single championship meet this summer, but in 2017, plans call for the TrackTown Summer Series to grow to two regional meets and a championship meet, and in 2018, four regional meets and a championship meet. Go to TrackTownSummerSeries.com for more information.
Curtis Anderson | TrackTown USA
Director of Communications