Galen Rupp, Matthew Centrowitz Set to Compete at Portland Track Festival

Hometown Stars Set to Test Fitness in Olympic Trials Build-Up

Galen Rupp, photo by Image of Sport

Galen Rupp, photo by Image of Sport

PORTLAND, Ore. – Two of America’s finest distance runners, Nike Oregon Project teammates Galen Rupp and Matthew Centrowitz, are set to compete at the Portland Track Festival, June 11-12 at Lewis and Clark College.

After winning the U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Marathon in his debut at the distance back in mid-February, Rupp ran one indoor 3,000m contest in Portland a month later and hasn’t raced since. The 2012 Olympic 10,000m silver medalist over will compete in the 5,000m on June 12.

For Centrowitz, the 26-year old is coming off an incredible indoor campaign, which concluded with a gold medal in the 1,500m at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Portland. The multi-time U.S. champion is set to race the 800m and 1,500m at the Portland Track Festival.

Both Rupp and Centrowitz were initially scheduled to compete at the Nike Prefontaine Classic last month, but pulled out according to their coach Alberto Salazar to focus on building fitness as the U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Track and Field approach, July 1-10 in Eugene.

To learn more about the Portland Track Festival and to buy tickets, please visit http://www.portlandtrack.com/ptf-2016.

About Portland Track and Portland Track Festival

Portland Track is a non-profit organization that supports the sport of track and field and organizes some of the top track meets in the United States. With a focus on growing the sport, Portland Track organizes the Portland Track Festival, Stumptown Twilight, Rip City Twilight, 10K Twilight and PTF Youth Meet.

The Portland Track Festival launched in 2008, with the objective of bringing America's best track and field athletes to Portland, Oregon. Starting small and with a goal to grow each and every year, the Portland Track Festival now ranks as one of the best professional meets in the United States and hosts numerous USA Outdoor Track and Field Championship qualifiers and Olympic hopefuls.

Athlete Details Released for TrackTown Summer Series

Registration opens for TrackTown Summer Series athlete draft

EUGENE, Ore. – Calling all U.S. track and field athletes!

If you’re looking for a world-class competitive opportunity on American soil prior to the Rio Olympics, we’ve got the perfect scenario – the 2016 TrackTown Summer Series on Friday, July 29 at Hayward Field.

Besides being held in the U.S., this meet is unique in a number of ways:

  • It will be televised live on ESPN.
  • Athletes will compete for approximately $11,000 in prize money in each event.
  • The total purse will be $225,000, which includes a bonus for the winning team.
  • It will be a four-way, team-scored competition.
  • Teams will represent cities of Portland, San Francisco, New York City and Philadelphia.
  • Each team will have a roster of 36 athletes, split evenly between men and women.
  • Participating athletes will be chosen in an eight-round draft on June 25.
  • Athletes drafted in the top rounds will receive a bonus.
  • The roster will be filled out via free agency; total of 144 athletes.
  • A travel stipend, housing and meals will be provided for each athlete.
  • Competition at the meet features 10 men’s and 10 women’s events.
  • One of the events is a 4-mile road race open to the public.

The TrackTown Summer Series is designed to attract the best American athletes and give them a chance to compete in a domestic meet in front of a live television audience.

But first you have to register for the athlete draft!

To sign up, visit TrackTownSummerSeries.com and select “Athlete Draft Registration” from the right side of the page. All entries must be received by June 15 at 5 p.m. (Pacific). A list of accepted athletes into the draft will be announced on June 20. The draft will take place on June 25.

Several top Americans have already registered for the TrackTown Summer Series athlete draft, including 2012 Olympic high jump silver medalist Erik Kynard; 2016 IAAF World Indoor 800m gold medalist Boris Berian; 2013 IAAF World Championship 800m bronze medalist Brenda Martinez; and 2016 IAAF World Indoor 800m finalist Laura Roesler.

There is just a single championship meet this summer, but in 2017, plans call for the TrackTown Summer Series to grow to two regional meets and a championship meet, and in 2018, four regional meets and a championship meet. Go to TrackTownSummerSeries.com for more information.

What to Watch: Javelin Star Julius Yego

Week after week this season amazing videos will undoubtedly come out around different track and field medal contenders. Here's one of our earlier favorites on Kenyan javelin thrower and reigning world champion Julius Yego.

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Discover the incredible story and journey of Julius Yego as he recounts his humble beginnings being raised in a Cheptonon village in Kenya, training with simple wooden sticks, to becoming the Javelin World Champion in 2015.

TrackTown Summer Series Offers Unique Opportunity, Big Payday

Image of Sport

Image of Sport

EUGENE, Ore. What happens when innovation and aspiration intersect with the sport of track and field?

It’s called the TrackTown Summer Series.

The new professional track and field league will provide top American athletes with a unique opportunity to compete on U.S. soil during the summer months; a rare chance to build their individual brands in front of American fans; and finally, the prospect to earn a substantial paycheck.

And it will all be televised live on ESPN!

The TrackTown Summer Series makes its highly anticipated debut on Friday evening, July 29 at Hayward Field with an exciting four-team competition. The meet will feature 144 athletes representing teams from Portland, San Francisco, Philadelphia and New York City. Each squad will carry 36 athletes on its roster, split evenly between men and women, with competitors battling for prize money and additional benefits in excess of a half-million dollars.

The four teams will be chosen via a combination of a June 25 athlete draft and free agency. Athletes can register for the draft on June 1-15 online at gotracktownusa.com.

“I can’t wait to compete in the TrackTown Summer Series,” said University of Oregon alum Laura Roesler, the 2014 recipient of The Bowerman. “Besides the obvious advantage of being able to compete in the U.S., the fact that ESPN has agreed to televise the series is truly amazing for the sport.”

The TrackTown Summer Series will also connect recreational runners and walkers with some of the best distance runners in the country!

One of the events – the 4-mile road race – will be open to the public. Each person who signs up for the race will be assigned to a team and given a t-shirt to fly their team colors. The road race course includes a section on the famed Hayward Field track.

The TrackTown Summer Series will expand in each of the next two seasons.

About TrackTown USA:

TrackTown USA, Inc. is a non-profit organization committed to setting a standard of excellence in the sports of track and field and running by hosting premier events, creating a supportive environment for elite athletic performances, improving facilities, being a leader in sustainability and inspiring the next generation of track and field athletes and fans. The organization is responsible for organizing the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships, the 2015 USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships, the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Portland, the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials—Track & Field and the 2021 IAAF World Championships.

TrackTown USA, Ninkasi Form Partnership

TrackTown USA teams up with Ninkasi Brewing & Bigfoot Beverages to bring runner-approved craft beer to Fan Festival at Hayward Field in July

EUGENE, Ore. – Few things in life go together better than craft beer and running, especially in the state of Oregon.

The Eugene-Springfield community, also known as TrackTown USA, is home to the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Track & Field, and a thriving craft beer community. When Ninkasi Brewing Company, an independent craft brewery, decided it was time to deliver a beer for runners, by runners, a partnership with TrackTown USA was a natural fit.

“We’re excited to partner with Ninkasi Brewing Company and its local wholesale partner Bigfoot Beverages,” TrackTown USA President Vin Lananna said. “Ninkasi and Bigfoot have already shown an innovative connection to the running community and we look forward to their activations at the Fan Festival at Hayward Field.”

Ninkasi set out to produce a beer specifically crafted with runners in mind – aptly named Beer Run IPA. An initial test batch was produced with the intent to garner feedback from runners across the country. Throughout March and April, comments were collected from runners at 25 different Beer Run Test Batch events, hosted in partnership with local running communities.

The result? A 7.3%, 80 IBU India Pale Ale featuring an earthy, tropical and juicy hop profile paired with a bright, clean bitter finish.

“We wanted to brew a beer to celebrate the running community that is so integral to Ninkasi and Eugene,” said Jamie Floyd, Ninkasi’s Founding Brewer, himself a runner. “We brewed, we ran, we tasted as a running community, and then we adjusted Beer Run’s recipe; this IPA is even more flavorful and quenching than the test batch.”

TrackTown USA, the local organizing committee for the Trials, expects more than 172,000 fans to attend the meet – July 1-10 at historic Hayward Field – and all will be looking for an immersive “TrackTown USA” experience. Thanks to its partnership with Bigfoot Beverages, Ninkasi’s local beer wholesaler, Beer Run IPA will be featured on-tap at four locations throughout the Fan Festival during the Trials. Until then, the beer can be found across Ninkasi’s distribution footprint in 22-ounce bottles and on-draft.

We’ll celebrate the crafting of Beer Run IPA with a three-mile run from the Ninkasi Tasting Room on Friday, April 29 at 5:30 p.m. All levels of runners are invited to join this free event.

For more information about Beer Run IPA, visit www.NinkasiBrewing.com.   

About Ninkasi Brewing Company:

Founded in 2006 by Jamie Floyd and Nikos Ridge, Ninkasi Brewing Company continues to grow from its first batch of Total Domination IPA, to two brewhouses, a 55-barrel and a 90-barrel brewhouse, located in Eugene, Ore. Ninkasi’s Flagship beers – Total Domination IPA, Tricerahops Double IPA, Dawn of the Red Red IPA, Easy Way IPA, Helles Belles Helles Lager, Oatis Oatmeal Stout, and Vanilla Oatis Oatmeal Stout – are sold throughout Alaska; Alberta; Arizona; California; D.C.; Colorado; Idaho; Maryland; Nevada; New York; Oregon; Texas; Utah; Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia. The brewery remains privately-owned and is committed to community support and giving. Ninkasi’s Beer Is Love program offers in-kind donations and support for organizations throughout its footprint. For more information, call 541.344.2739 or visit www.NinkasiBrewing.com

About TrackTown USA:

TrackTown USA, Inc. is a non-profit organization committed to setting a standard of excellence in the sports of track and field and running by hosting premier events, creating a supportive environment for elite athletic performances, improving facilities, being a leader in sustainability and inspiring the next generation of track and field athletes and fans. The organization is responsible for organizing the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships, the 2015 USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships, the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Portland, the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials—Track & Field and the 2021 IAAF World Championships.