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    Geography scholars might beg to differ but for anyone involved in the sport

    of track and field North America’s Pacific Coast has just become the “Gold

    Coast.”

    Athletes seeking to qualify for the upcoming Summer Olympics in Athens now

    have a bevy of opportunities on the west coast as meets in British Columbia

    and Oregon are slated to offer generous prize money and competitive

    opportunities in June and July.

    The five-event PacifiCanada Track and Field Series, which includes the July

    1 Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome International Track Classic presented by Golder

    Associates, is offering more than $100,000 in prize money. This marks

    the largest prize-winning opportunity for Canadian track and field athletes

    ever offered in Canada. Combine that with an even greater prize windfall

    offered by meets in Portland and Eugene, Ore., and it is no wonder North

    American athletes are re-assessing their travel plans and heeding Dorothy’s

    advice from Oz that “there’s no place like home.”

    “For the first time Canadian and American athletes have a real alternative

    to traveling to Europe to chase the elusive Olympic standards,” declared

    Doug Clement, chair of the 2004 PacifiCanada Track and Field series.

    “Portland, Eugene, Victoria and Burnaby are now Olympic qualification

    competitions

    and the total prizes awarded are almost half a million dollars. It is also

    likely three of the meets will be on national television in either the

    United States or Canada.”

    The June 5 Oregon Track Classic kicks off action south of the border,

    followed by the June 14 Seattle International Track Classic and the June 19

    Prefontaine Classic at Eugene, Ore.

    On June 11 the first event in the PacifiCanada series goes with the Victoria

    International Track Classic. Competition shifts to Richmond on June 23 for

    the Review-Kajaks Track International Classic followed by the June 26

    Lafarge Abbotford International Track Classic in Abbotsford.

    Burnaby’s Swangard Stadium is the place to be on Canada Day, July 1, as the

    Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome International Track Classic presented by Golder

    Associates will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Miracle Mile

    contested as part of the 1954 British Empire Games. The 2010 LegaciesNow

    Miracle Mile: Gold Edition will be just one of many memorable events at the

    meet which traditionally showcases many of Canada’s best athletes and

    international competitors.

    The fifth and final event in the PacifiCanada series, the Victoria TrackFest

    Twilight Meet, goes July 3 at Centennial Stadium. The event is the last

    competition prior to the July 9-11 Canadian Olympic Trials, also in

    Victoria.

    The June 11 Victoria International and July 1 Harry Jerome meet in Burnaby

    are also Olympic qualification competitions recognized by the Canadian

    Olympic Committee.

    Athletes wishing to compete in the PacifiCanada series should make contact

    through the website: http://www.pacificanada.ca < http://www.pacificanada.ca>

    immediately to ensure invitation to the Victoria International Track Classic

    and the Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome International Track Classic presented by

    Golder Associates as these two meets are by invitation only. The

    Review-Kajaks, the Lafarge Abbotsford International and Victoria TrackFest

    Twilight accept entries.

    CONTACTS

    June 5 :

    adidas Oregon Track Classic-

    Golden Spike Tour

    Mount Hood Community College, Gresham, Oregon

    Meet Director: Paul Banta

    13217 S.W. 63rd Place, Portland, OR 97219

    Email: [email protected]

    Website: http://www.oregontrackclassic.com

    June 11

    Victoria International Track Classic-

    PacifiCanada Track and Field Series

    Centennial Stadium, Victoria, British Columbia

    Meet Director: James Davison

    352 Arnold St., Victoria, BC V8S 3L7

    Phone:250-592-6399 Fax: 250-592-6396

    Email: [email protected] Website: http://www.trackclassic.com

    June 14 :

    Seattle International Track Classic

    Shoreline Stadium, Seattle, Washington

    Meet Director: Brad Barquist

    Phone:206-972-2858 Email: [email protected]

    June 19 :

    Prefontaine Classic-

    Golden Spike Tour

    Hayward Field, Eugene, Oregon

    Meet Director: Tom Jordan

    P.O. Box 10825, Eugene, OR 97440

    Phone:541-687-1989 Fax: 541-687-1016

    Email: [email protected] Website: http://www.preclassic.com

    June 23 :

    The Review Kajaks Track International Classic-

    PacifiCanada Track and Field Series

    Clement Track, Richmond, B.C.

    Meet Director: Richard Collier

    Phone:604-271-0851 Fax: 604-271-0851

    Email: [email protected]

    Website: http://www.kajaks.org/events/kajaksinternational.htm

    June 26 :

    Lafarge Abbotsford International Track Classic-

    PacifiCanada Track and Field Series

    Rotary Stadium, Abbotsford, BC

    Meet Director: Gerry Swan

    #24, 73330 – 122nd St., Surrey, BC V3W 1B4

    Phone:604-859-9801 Fax: 604-850-7880

    Email: [email protected] Website: http://international.valleyroyals.org

    July 1 :

    Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome Track Classic

    presented by Golder Associates-

    PacifiCanada Track and Field Series

    Swangard Stadium, Burnaby, B.C.

    Invitations Director: Marek Jedrzejek

    6801 University Blvd. Vancouver, BC

    Phone:604-822-6259 Fax: 604-822-6011

    Email: [email protected] Website: http://www.harryjerome.com

    July 3 :

    Victoria TrackFest Twilight Meet-

    PacifiCanada Track and Field Series

    Centennial Stadium, Victoria, British Columbia

    Meet Director: James Davison

    352 Arnold St., Victoria, BC V8S 3L7

    Phone:250-592-6399 Fax: 250-592-6396

    Email: [email protected]

    Website: http://www.trackclassic.com

    PSA

    CANADA DAY IS MILE DAY

    The 50th anniversary of the Miracle Mile will be just one of the anticipated

    events at the July 1 Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome International Track Classic

    presented by Golder Associates, at Burnaby’s Swangard Stadium.

    In the spring of 1954 Britain’s Roger Bannister became the first athlete to

    run the mile in under four minutes. Weeks later Australia’s John Landy also

    ran the distance in under four minutes, setting up an internationally

    anticipated race held in Vancouver during the British Empire Games in August

    of 1954. Bannister won that thrilling showdown, known ever after as the

    Miracle Mile.

    The 2004 Jerome meet will pay tribute to this great moment in sports history

    in staging the 2010 LegaciesNow Miracle Mile: Gold Edition, featuring

    outstanding milers representing the Commonwealth countries that took part in

    the celebrated race 50 years ago. New Zealand runners Peter Snell and John

    Walker, and American Steve Scott – three of history’s greatest runners over

    the mile distance — will also be on hand as special guests.

    The July 1 Jerome meet will also serve as an opportunity for families and

    track and field fans to celebrate Canada Day and to cheer on athletes in a

    variety of events as they seek to attain qualifying standards for the

    upcoming Summer Olympic Games in Athens. Start time is1pm

    Tickets- $10 children 12 years and under free at TICKETMASTER

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