Sound running, The Track Meet, 5 Dec 2020, 10,000m, Men’s heat 1, photo by Sound running
Supposed a PROFESSIONAL TRACK SERIES was held in the US, and the media and actual fans actually supported it? It has happened before, and it could happen again.
2020 Sound running The Track Meet, 4 Dec 2020, 5000m, Women’s heat 2, photo by Sound running
The Track meet, recently held in Southern Californa, on 4-5 December again showed the promise in pop up events. What I liked is that the meets will expand, to include more than middle distance events, to include various field events.
We will keep you updated, but the Professional Track Series has our complete support. Watch here to see more updates!
DOMESTIC PROFESSIONAL TRACK SERIES TO DEBUT IN 2021
Professional Track & Field will finally have a domestic professional season with the newly created 2021 Pro Track Series. The series is built around the established meets athletes have counted on for years but, with expanded event offerings and an overall series prize purse.
The series has set dates for their events with the following schedule, with more meets to possibly be added:
May 14/15 Track Meet (Los Angeles, CA)
May 29 Portland Track Festival (Portland, OR)
May 31 Iowa High Performance (Des Moines, IA)
June 4/5 Music City Carnival (Nashville, TN)
July 10 Under Armour Sunset Tour (Southern California)
July 17 Under Armour Sunset Tour (Southern California)
Aug 14 Ed Murphey Classic (Memphis, TN)
Talks between race directors during this past pandemic ignited the idea to bring these events together and form a formal professional season. Athletes from different event groups will compete for the overall Series prize purse. This is in addition to each meet’s individual prize money offering.
“The real goal is to keep the sport relevant by keeping the action right here in the U.S. Because there are few competitive opportunities here in America, pro athletes often have no choice but to go and race – and race when they are the fittest – on a different continent. Imagine if our basketball or baseball players routinely did that. It’s unthinkable, but that’s the way our sport has been for the last 25 years.” – Jesse Williams (Sound Running)
“We are excited to bring to Track & Field athletes and fans a collection of meets that will attract the country’s best talent. The Series will also focus on entertaining the fans attending and all those watching at home.” – Craig Rice (Portland Track)
“Although each of the meets has been grounded in middle to long distance events up until now, each will be expanding their offerings so that each of our sport’s disciplines is offered. What makes Track & Field so unique is the variety in the sport – the Citius, the Altius, and the Fortius. We want to celebrate that, especially as we head, hopefully, into another Olympic year.” – Dave Milner (Music City Carnival)
The events, schedules, rules, and prize purse will be announced in the coming months.
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