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    Monday, March 22, 2004

    USATF announces 2004 Outdoor Golden Spike Tour schedule

    INDIANAPOLIS – USA Track & Field’s 2004 Outdoor Golden Spike Tour will

    feature events at the world’s premiere relay carnival and four world-class

    invitational meets as part of the U.S. domestic season that reaches its

    zenith at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials.

    Including the Olympic Trials, six domestic USATF events will be

    broadcast

    on

    12 nationwide shows this spring and summer. NBC will air six broadcasts

    throughout the year, with NBC and its cable partner airing 14 hours of

    coverage from the Olympic Trials alone.

    The elite USATF outdoor season kicks off on April 24 with USA vs. The

    World,

    Presented by Verizon, a special event within the Penn Relays that pits

    Team

    USA’s top talent against relay teams from around the world. Crowds of

    40,000-50,000 have typically attended the Penn Relays in Philadelphia

    each

    year on the meet’s final day of competition, supporting USA vs. The

    World

    and all of the 110-year-old Penn Relays’ Championship of America events,

    held at Franklin Field.

    The Golden Spike Tour’s invitational meetings begin May 22 with the Home

    Depot Invitational in Carson, Calif. In its first year in 2003, the meet

    drew a capacity crowd of nearly 11,000 fans. In 2004, meet organizers

    are

    expanding the facility to hold 12,000.

    The Tour continues May 31 with the U.S. Track & Field Open May 31 in

    Stanford, California, where sell-out crowds have supported the Golden

    Spike

    Tour since 2000; on June 5 it moves to the adidas Oregon Track Classic

    in

    Portland, Oregon for a fast-growing event; and on June 19 it hits the

    Nike

    Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Ore., for the country’s most prestigious

    and

    historic invitational meet.

    American athletes will conclude their domestic outdoor schedule with the

    U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Track & Field, held July 9-18 on the campus

    of

    California State University – Sacramento. More than 1,000 athletes will

    compete in front of sell-out crowds for the right to represent Team USA

    at

    the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. Each of the eights days of

    competition at the 2000 Olympic Trials in Sacramento sold out, with more

    than 187,000 fans attending the meet to set a new Olympic Trials record.

    Now in its sixth year, the Golden Spike Tour provides America’s best

    athletes the opportunity to compete in the United States, against fellow

    Americans and top international competition, and earn substantial prize

    money in front of a nationally televised audience. Sponsors of the 2004

    Outdoor Golden Spike Tour are Nike, Verizon, Visa, Sunny D Intense Sport

    Drink, General Motors and Bengay.

    For more information on USA Track & Field and the Golden Spike Tour,

    visit

    http://www.usatf.org

    2004 USA Track & Field Outdoor Schedule

    Date Event

    Site

    April 24 *USA vs. The World Presented by Verizon

    Philadelphia, Pa. (Franklin Field)

    May 22 *Home Depot Invitational

    Carson, Calif. (Home Depot Center)

    May 31 *U.S. Open

    Stanford, Calif. (Cobb Track and Angell Field)

    June 5 *adidas Oregon Track Classic

    Portland, Ore. (Mt. Hood CC)

    June 19 * Nike Prefontaine Classic

    Eugene, Ore. (Hayward Field)

    July 9-18 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Track & Field

    Sacramento,

    Calif. (Alex G. Spanos Complex)

    * Denotes Golden Spike Tour meet

    2004 USATF Outdoor TV schedule

    (All Times Eastern; check local listings)

    Event

    Network Time Date

    USA vs. The World, Presented by Verizon NBC 4:30-6 p.m.

    LIVE April 24

    Home Depot Invitational NBC

    4-6 p.m. LIVE May 22

    U.S. Open

    ESPN2

    9-10 p.m. June 1

    adidas Oregon Track Classic ESPN2 6-7

    p.m. LIVE June 5

    Nike Prefontaine Classic ESPN2

    9:30-11 p.m. June 19

    U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Track & Field

    NBC/cable

    partner July 9-12, 15-18

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