Athletes battle for prize money, team titles at TrackTown Summer Series

EUGENE, Ore. – The 2016 TrackTown Summer Series presented by Beynon Sports Surfaces was designed to provide top American track and field athletes with an opportunity to compete on U.S. soil in the summer months.

The inaugural meet will be held at Hayward Field on Friday, July 29 with a new start time of 6:30 p.m.

On top of enhancing one’s own brand in a unique four-team competition televised live on ESPN, the meet promises a handsome cash payout for the participating athletes. In each of the 20 scheduled men’s and women’s events, prize money will be awarded to the top six finishers as follows:

1st place = $4,000
2nd place = $3,000
3rd place = $2,000
4th place = $1,000
5th place = $750
6th place = $500

An additional $1,000 will go to each member of the winning team. The TrackTown Summer Series features scored competition between four teams of 36 athletes each, split evenly between men and women, representing the cities of Portland, San Francisco, New York and Philadelphia. The events will be scored 9-7-6-5-4-3-2-1.

Also, athletes selected in the June 25 draft will receive a bonus based on which round they were chosen. The draft bonus structure is: 1st round = $3,000; 2nd round = $2,000; 3rd round = $1,500; 4th round = $1,000; 5th-8th rounds = $750.

Athletes not chosen in the draft but who were selected to compete in the TrackTown Summer Series will each receive $500 in addition to any prize money they win based on their performance at the meet. Finally, each of the participating athletes will receive a travel stipend, plus complimentary housing, meals and transportation to and from the meet.

In all, the combined prize money and additional benefits provided to participants is in excess of a half-million dollars. For information on team rosters, start lists, a preliminary competition schedule and ticket sales, go to tracktownsummerseries.com.