Atlanta and Oregon track clubs set for ‘Return of the Dual’ clash on Saturday
The Atlanta Track Club and Oregon Track Club Elite will square off in a remote dual meet on Saturday 20 June.
The head-to-head event will feature athletes from the rival clubs competing remotely in two distances and a mixed relay to raise money to fight homelessness and hunger in the greater Atlanta and Lane County areas. The one-time-only competition will be broadcast live on Atlanta Track Club’s YouTube channel and Facebook page at 19:00 US east coast time.
The “Return of the Dual” will consist of a men’s and women’s 600m and 1200m races each featuring one athlete per club. The winner of each discipline receives one point. The evening will conclude with a 2x2x400m split gender relay made up of two athletes from each team. The winning relay team receives three points. The team with the highest point total will be crowned champion. Athletes in Atlanta and TrackTown USA will begin their races simultaneously. The winner will be decided by hand time.
The event will serve as a fundraiser for non-profit organizations in each community with a goal of raising $10,400 or $1 for every metre run during the meet. Half the funds raised will go to Food for Lane County, an organisation in Oregon dedicated to reducing hunger by engaging the community to create access to food. Half the funds raised will go to Atlanta Mission, a community united to end homelessness.