Three Reasons to Bring the Family Out to the USA Track and Field Championships
The 2014 USA Track & Field National Outdoor Championships will be held in Sacramento at Sacramento State’s Hornet Stadium June 25-29. The events will highlight the best track and field athletes, including Olympians, and give fans a total experience with interactive exhibits and great food from America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital.
“The best athletes in the world will be here – Olympians and future Olympians – and the energy at the event will be great with lots to do, and it’s something Sacramento can be proud of,” said Mike Sophia, director of the Sacramento Sports Commission. “This is a world-class event, and we’re a great city for track and field.”
Sacramento hosted the Olympic Track & Field Trials in 2000 and 2004, which saw Stacy Dragila set her first world record in the pole vault. Other records have been set in Sacramento, including the “Night of Speed” in 1968, when three American men all beat the world record in the 100 meters.
Sacramento State’s Hornet Stadium has a brand-new Mondo track, so there could very well be new track and field world records set this month. In addition to the excitement on the track, there is plenty for fans to do at the event – from interactive exhibits, vendor booths and the Farm-to-Fork Marketplace. Here are three great reasons to grab the kids and head on over the Sac State to enjoy this exciting event.
See world-class athletes and catch a free event at a unique venue – Athletes Allyson Felix (200 or 400 meters), LaShawn Merritt (400 meters) and Lolo Jones (100 hurdles) will compete in Sacramento this month, so now is your chance to see some of the best athletes in the world, whose names will be synonymous with Olympic cities in years to come.
Sacramento is the capital of California, and to showcase that, the shot put event will be held on the west steps of the State Capitol in Downtown Sacramento, a first for USA Track & Field. That event, on Wednesday, June 25, will be free to the public.
Don’t just spectate – participate The Fan Fest will give visitors the chance to try their skills at track and field events. The six-station course allows participants to sprint, hurdle, long jump, shot put, high jump, throw a discus and throw a javelin. Photography and different sensors tell each participant how he or she would fare against the pros, such as Allyson Felix, Ashton Eaton and David Oliver. A kids zone will let future track and field stars get their first chance to get their hands on track equipment and the fun of the events.
Eat like a champ – Food in the stadium won’t be limited to the typical hot dogs and nachos. The Farm-to-Fork Marketplace in Hornet Stadium will serve a variety of foods made with the freshest ingredients America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital has to offer. Gourmet food trucks will be on-hand as part of the marketplace, and spectators can expect to find a marketplace full of unique offerings.
Would you like to attend? What is your favorite track and field event? Tell us in the comments section and you’ll be entered into a drawing to win four tickets to the event. The winner will be announced on Monday, June 23, 2014. Good luck!
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