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.