Pro Series

TrackTown Summer Series HP meet set for July 29



The TrackTown Summer Series will make its debut July 29 in the form of a four-team high performance meet at Hayward Field.

TrackTown USA CEO Michael Reilly made the announcement Tuesday during the monthly TrackTown Tuesday town hall at the Downtown Athletic Club.

The professional meet will feature teams representing Portland, San Francisco, New York and Philadelphia and have 36 athletes each — 18 men and 18 women — selected through a draft on June 25.

They’ll compete in a scored team meet with $500,000 worth of prize money on the line for individual and team winners.

The meet will last two hours and be televised live on ESPN.

“This is going to be really exciting and we’re really excited to launch it,” Reilly said.

The TrackTown Summer Series is just one of the initiatives for TrackTown USA as it prepares to host the 2021 IAAF World Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field.

In the years to come, the plan is for the TrackTown Summer Series to turn into a handful of meets held throughout the United States, culminating in a championship meet at Hayward Field, allowing the top American athletes to stay home and compete for money instead of having to travel to Europe to earn a paycheck.

“The 2021 World Championships, one of the great platforms it provides for us is five years of opportunity to show the rest of the United States how impressive Team USA is,” Reilly said. “This is a great opportunity for these athletes to become rock stars in their own country.”

For the meet this summer, athletes will be able to declare themselves draft eligible June 1-15. Each team will also be allowed to have small number of international athletes on its roster.

The community will be able to get in on the action by participating in the 4-mile road race just before the start of the meet on July 29. Runners who register for the race will be assigned to a team and compete alongside the professionals.