EUGENE, Ore. – After a highly acclaimed debut last summer, the TrackTown Summer Series returns in 2017 with two additional meets and a renewed commitment to provide top American track and field athletes with fun and innovative competitive opportunities on U.S. soil.
The 2017 TrackTown Summer Series has been expanded to three meets with regional competitions in San Francisco and Portland and a championship meet – televised live on ESPN – in New York City.
The dates and venues are as follows:
– June 29 in San francisco (Stanford University)
– July 2 in Portland (Mt. Hood Community College)
– July 6 in New York City (Icahn Stadium on Randall’s Island)
Similar to last year’s epic championship clash in Eugene, each of the meets in the 2017 TrackTown Summer Series will focus on scored competition between four coed teams representing the cities of Portland, San Francisco, Philadelphia and New York City.
Each squad will carry 36 athletes on its roster, split evenly between men and women, with participants battling for prize money and additional benefits in excess of a half-million dollars. The 144 competitors will be chosen via an athlete draft on June 17, supplemented by free agency. In addition, each team will be given the option to retain select athletes from last year’s roster for the upcoming 2017 TrackTown Summer Series.
The inaugural 2016 TrackTown Summer Series was held at Hayward Field with a total of 31 Olympians – including 25 who competed at Rio – producing some of the top marks of the season. Hundreds of kids were given front-row seats on the infield grass next to the triple jump, shot put and pole vault and they had a great time interacting with the athletes. In addition, spectators were invited down onto the track to cheer on the competitors in the final three events: the men’s and women’s 1,500-meter races and the climactic coed 4×400-meter relay which delivered the overall team title to San Francisco.
The TrackTown Summer Series is designed to provide top American athletes with a chance to compete on U.S. soil during the summer months, thus avoiding the need to travel overseas which can be both costly and fatiguing. The ultimate goal is to turn those U.S. athletes into household names among American sports fans by the time the IAAF World Track & Field Championships arrive in Oregon in 2021 for the first time in history.