More than 500 kids representing 125 communities from across the Northwest will converge this Saturday, June 9 under the lights at Hayward Field at the University of Oregon for the 2018 TrackTown Youth League Championship, presented by Providence Sports Medicine. The TrackTown Youth League Championship will be the final track meet to take place within the current confines of Historic Hayward Field, which will be transformed into the finest track and field facility in the world over the next two years. Saturday’s special event will mark the culmination of 15 free all-comer track meets across Oregon for kids ages 7-14, with the top two finishers in each event and age group earning a qualifying spot in the Championship.
The TrackTown Youth League Championship meet will begin at 7:00 p.m., following the NCAA Division I Track & Field Championships. A live webcast of the Championship meet will be shown online at tracktownyouthleague.com. More than 2,300 kids — including many who had never before tried track and field — participated this April and May in TrackTown Youth League meets in Bend, Coos Bay, East Portland, Eugene, Hermiston, Hillsboro, Hood River, Klamath Falls, La Grande, Medford, Newberg, North Portland, Salem, Warrenton and Willamina.
Now in its fifth year, the TrackTown Youth League was created in 2014 by the Oregon Sports Authority and TrackTown USA to encourage Oregon youth to become healthy and active members of the community, inspire them to have Olympic-sized dreams and further Oregon’s position as the spiritual home for track and field in this country.
“The TrackTown Youth League provides a tremendous opportunity for boys and girls across Oregon to be introduced to the joys of running, jumping and throwing,” said Vin Lananna, President of TrackTown USA. “We are thrilled to welcome them to Historic Hayward Field to compete in this Championship and to provide them with an opportunity to watch the NCAA Division I Track & Field Championships earlier in the day.”
The TrackTown Youth League is supported by: Providence Sports Medicine, Beynon Sports, Willamette Valley Track and Field, Oregon Sports Action, Comcast, NBC Sports Northwest, Youth Runner Magazine, Oregon Road Runners Club, Enterprise Holdings Foundation and the Clark Foundation.
The Oregon Sports Authority Foundation facilitates increased physical activity among Oregon’s youth through sports, physical education, and related programs with an emphasis on opportunities for underserved youth through advocacy, financial support, and program creation.
TrackTown USA is a Eugene-based non-profit organization committed to setting a standard of excellence in the sports of track and field and running. It has been instrumental in bringing some of the world’s most prestigious track and field events to the state of Oregon.
For more information: tracktownyouthleague.com