Q: What is the TrackTown Summer Series?
A: The new U.S. circuit of professional track and field meets made its debut at Hayward Field last July with 140 athletes – on coed teams representing Portland, San Francisco, New York City and Philadelphia – competing for prize money and additional benefits in excess of a half-million dollars. Representatives from each team use an athlete draft and free agency to construct their team’s roster. The 2017 TrackTown Summer Series has expanded to three meets at Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA, Mount Hood Community College in Gresham, OR, Icahn Stadium in New York, NY and has the intention of expanding to other venues in upcoming seasons.
The TrackTown Summer Series is designed to provide top American track and field athletes with fun and innovative competitive opportunities on U.S. soil, with the ultimate goal of making those athletes household names by the time the 2021 IAAF World Championships arrive.
Q: When and where will the TrackTown Summer Series be held?
June 29 – San Francisco (Stanford University)
July 2 – Portland (Mt. Hood Community College)
July 6 – New York City (Icahn Stadium on Randall’s Island)
The first west coast meet will be held at the beautiful Stanford University on Cobb Track and Angell Field. The second west coast meet will be held at Mt. Hood Community College, located just outside the vibrant city of Portland. They will both include all four teams and will benefit each team’s standing going in to the championship. The championship meet in New York City will feature 20 events, including a men’s and women’s 5K road race which the public will be invited to join. Read more about the dates and locations of the meets HERE.
Q: What events will be held as part of the TrackTown summer Series?
A: The tentative list of contested events is as follows:
The competition schedule for all meets will be finalized soon. Stay tuned for more information.
Q: What teams will compete at the TrackTown Summer Series?
A: There are four teams in the TrackTown Summer Series with 36 athletes, split evenly between men and women, on each roster. The teams represent the cities of Portland, San Francisco, Philadelphia and New York City.
Q: Which athletes will compete in the TrackTown Summer Series?
A: Complete rosters for each team will be filled in three stages:
- Contract Extensions – will be offered to select athletes who competed in 2016
- Draft – will be open to all athletes who did not compete in the 2016 TrackTown Summer Series
- Free Agency – rosters will be filled through free agency, which will consist of athletes who don’t get selected in the 2017 draft, and to all athletes who competed in the 2016 TrackTown Summer Series but were not offered a contract extension.
Athletes with college eligibility remaining are not permitted to enter the draft and will not be able to compete in the Summer Series until they have exhausted their college eligibility.
Q: When is the draft FOR THE TRACKTOWN SUMMER SERIES?
A: The draft will be taking place this May. Stay tuned for more information on date, location and format. Sign up for the TrackTown USA email list to be the first to receive information about the draft.
Q: Where can I buy tickets for the TrackTown Summer Series?
A: Tickets will go on sale in late April for each of the three meets and will be available on the TrackTown Summer Series Website. Sign up for the TrackTown USA email list to be the first to receive ticket information.
Q: Where can I watch the TrackTown Summer Series?
A: The meet in New York City will be broadcast live on July 6 from 9-11 p.m. (Eastern) on ESPN. The west coast meets will be available digitally. Stay tuned for details.
Q: Who is organizing the TrackTown Summer Series? How is it being funded?
A: TrackTown USA is organizing all three meets, and there will be an additional Local Organizing Committee at each venue. The chief financial investors for the TrackTown Summer Series were announced HERE.
Q: What opportunities are there for me to volunteer at the TrackTown Summer Series?
A: We are currently looking for volunteers for each of the three meets. If you are interested in volunteering, please send an email to [email protected].
Q: how do I enter the 5k road race at the Championship meet?
A: There will be a men’s and women’s 5K road race prior to the championship meet on Randall’s Island in New York City. The public will be invited to run in the road race and finish on the track as part of the meet. Registration for the 5K Road Race will open mid April.
Q: How does scoring work in THE TRACKTOWN SUMMER SERIES?
A: Last year, we used the following scoring format: 9-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 for all individual events and 18-14-12-10 for relays. We will confirm the scoring format after the schedule is finalized.
Q: Who won THE TRACKTOWN SUMMER SERIES last year?
A: Team San Francisco was the champion of the inaugural 2016 TrackTown Summer Series. Click HERE for a complete recap.
Q: I am an athlete and would like more information.
A: Professional athletes who are interested in participating in the TrackTown Summer Series should have your agent enter you by emailing [email protected]. Athletes who do not have representation can register for the TrackTown Summer Series HERE. If you are an athlete and have a specific question for our team, please send an email to [email protected].