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