- March 22, 2007 at 12:11 am #6134
NEW YORK – The 2007 USATF National Club Track & Field Championships will be held at New York City's Icahn Stadium on July 13-14, USATF has announced. The meet will be conducted by the Metropolitan Association of USA Track & Field, in cooperation with the USATF Club Council and a coalition of local USATF Elite Development track clubs, such as the Nike Central Park Track Club, Executive Track Club and Shore Athletic Club of New Jersey. USATF Metropolitan Association president Adam Sanford will serve as meet director.
“We are extremely pleased that our Club Championships are returning to one of America's premier track & field venues, in an area that is a hotbed for our sport and its club programs,” said USATF Director of Grass Roots Programs Andy Martin. “The 2005 Club Championships held at Icahn Stadium were a big success, and the meet continues to grow. We hope to continue that growth in 2007.”
The 2006 National Club Track & Field Championships, held at Mt. San Antonio College in California, featured more than 300 athletes from 30 states, representing 47 different clubs. Eleven meet records were set at the event as the Executive Track Club from New York City won the men's club title, while the Greater Boston Track Club won the women's club title.
Icahn Stadium is located on Randall's Island, a 480-acre park anchoring the boroughs of Manhattan, the Bronx and Queens. The Stadium features a state-of-the art, IAAF-certified championship track & field venue that annually plays host to the Reebok Grand Prix, a professional meet that is part of USATF's Visa Championship Series. The $42 million facility was built with public and private funding and a final $10 million naming rights sponsorship by financier Carl Icahn. It features a 400-meter Mondo surface track flanked by covered spectator seating that overlooks the East River. The stadium is illuminated by a pair of dramatic light towers, and partially sheltered by a cantilevered roof.
“The meet's return to New York is part of a site rotation strategy designed to grow the meet's regional exposure and participation,” says Skip Stolley, chairman of the USATF Club Council. Los Angeles hosted the Club Championships in 2006, and it will likely be held at a premier Midwest location in 2008.
The mission of the USATF Club Council is to enhance and expand opportunities for open level, club-based team competition in track & field, cross country, long distance running, and race walking. The Council seeks to support and promote the club system of elite athlete development by fostering the creation of Elite Development Clubs everywhere elite athletes reside, and in every major metropolitan area of the United States.
The schedule of events for the 2007 National Club Track & Field Championships, and meet headquarters hotel information, soon will be posted on the USATF website at:
For additional information: Skip Stolley, (310) 453-7655 [email protected]
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