PORTLAND – The House of Track officially opened for business on Monday night.
A total of 92 boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 17 became the first members of the community to compete on the new 200-meter banked oval track. Judging by the wide smiles and enthusiasm shown by all those in attendance, the youth-oriented “Monday Night Rush” was an overwhelming success.
“It was a very exciting night for the youth community,” said Dion Keeton, youth committee chairman for USATF/Oregon. “We had a great diverse group of kids.”
The bright green track, which will be taken apart and reassembled for use at the USATF Indoor Championships (March 11-12) and IAAF World Indoor Championships (March 17-20) at the Oregon Convention Center, was the star of the show.
The final touches to the six-lane banked 200-meter oval track and eight-lane straightaway in the infield were added prior to the first event of the night with the painting of stripes and start and finish lines. Once the events began, ribbons were handed out to all participants.
For the next month, the House of Track will be utilized seven days a week with competitive and training opportunities for all age groups, ranging from kids and other newcomers to college and professional athletes.
There will be four High Performance meets on Friday nights – Jan. 15, Jan. 22, Jan. 29 and Feb. 5 – with four corresponding developmental meets on the following Saturday afternoons – Jan. 16, Jan. 23, Jan. 30 and Feb. 6.
For more information, go online to www.HouseOfTrack.com