The city of Durham will welcome an influx of junior athletes this summer as the host of the 2019 USA Track and Field (USATF) Youth Outdoor National Championship. The Durham Sports Commission (DSC) is hosting the event, which will take place June 25-30 and is expected to draw as many as 6,000 athletes between the ages of eight and 18.
Held at Durham County Memorial Stadium, the six-day meet will be the first national championship for youth track and field in Durham. The USATF National Youth Outdoor Championships are open to all youth athletes. The meet has performance guidelines but no strict qualifying standards. Athlete registration is now open with event opportunities ranging from a 100-meter sprint to a four by 400 relay, hammer throw, pole vault and more.
“With the incredible track and field community we have in Durham and across the state, it was a part of DSC’s early goals — to set the foundation for a great, long-lasting relationship with USATF and bid on its national championships,” says Ashleigh Bachert, executive director of the Durham Sports Commission. “The event will showcase Durham to thousands of visitors, filling 18,000 room nights over six days, and will support and engage our active amateur clubs.”
As a nod to USATF, the Triple A Minor League Durham Bulls baseball team will host participants and fans of the National Championships at USATF Night on Thursday, June 27, when the team plays the Norfolk Tides at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
DSC’s mission is to create economic and social impact by leading the community’s efforts to attract, support, and promote youth, amateur, collegiate and professional sporting events.
Those interested in the event can learn more at USATF’s website. The website includes registration, athlete information, schedule and a video.