NEW YORK, June 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- On Thursday, July 6, exciting new sports property TrackTown Summer Series brings its one-of-a-kind track and field circuit to the scenic Icahn Stadium in New York City for the Championship of the series. Broadcast live on ESPN, the event will feature a team-based competition led by world-renowned Olympians Allyson Felix, Bernard Lagat, Nick Symmonds and Sanya Richards-Ross.
After a highly acclaimed debut last summer, the TrackTown Summer Series was expanded to include three events in 2017. The first two events take place in San Francisco and Portland, culminating in the July 6 final at Icahn Stadium in New York City. The series is designed to provide top American track and field athletes with fun and innovative competitive opportunities stateside. The TrackTown Summer Series is a U.S. circuit of professional track and field meets which features scored competition between four teams representing the cities of New York, Portland, Philadelphia and San Francisco. Prior to the start of the series, General Managers from the four cities held a Facebook Live athlete draft selecting their teams. The remainder of the rosters were filled via contract extensions and free agent signings.
Competing teams and General Managers include:
- New York Empire – Allyson Felix, Six-time Olympic gold medalist
- Philadelphia Force – Sanya Richards-Ross, Four-time Olympic gold medalist
- Portland Pulse – Bernard Lagat, Five-time Olympian
- San Francisco Surge – Nick Symmonds, Six-time U.S. 800-meter champion
For the full roster of each team, please visit:
The series offers a non-traditional approach to track and field not only through the team-based format, but by also allowing fans to participate in the event. Prior to the meet, fans can sign up to participate in a 5K Road Race on Randall's Island Park (home of Icahn Stadium), running alongside Olympian Alexi Pappas and TrackTown Summer Series athletes. For more information on how to register for the 5K Road Race, visit https://www.gotracktownusa.com/events/5k-road-race/. The event also allows fans to enjoy music, food and drinks and have access to a more intimate and personalized experience than the traditional track meet.
"With the unique team format, the championship of this year's Summer Series is sure to bring an unprecedented level of energy and excitement that track and field fans usually don't get to experience stateside," said TrackTown CEO Michael Reilly. "We're excited to provide an opportunity for our world-class athletes to perform on a high-level while helping to grow the sport in the U.S."
Tickets are now available for purchase for the TrackTown Summer Series Championship meet. Prices are as follows:
- $20 – General Admission
- $40 – Reserved Seating (includes one complimentary beverage)
- $100 – Premier Reserved Seating with VIP Hospitality
About TrackTown Summer Series:
The TrackTown Summer Series is a U.S. circuit of professional track and field meets which features scored competition between four teams representing the cities of New York, Portland, Philadelphia and San Francisco. Team rosters are split evenly between men and women. The TrackTown Summer Series is designed to provide top American track and field athletes with innovative competitive opportunities on U.S. soil.
About TrackTown USA, Inc.:
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 Track & Field Championships.
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