Durham to Host 2019 USATF National Youth Outdoor Championships
The USA Track & Field (USATF) recently announced that Durham will host the 2019 USATF National Youth Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Durham County Memorial Stadium on June 25-30, 2019. The Durham Sports Commission led the successful bid. As many as 4,500 athletes, aged 7-18, are expected to travel to Durham and compete in the event, which would generate a forecasted economic impact of more than $7 million.
“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, as well as support and engage our active amateur clubs.”
The USATF National Youth Outdoor Championships are open to all youth athletes. The meet has performance guidelines, but no strict qualifying standards, making the event attractive to those who can register without having to attend other qualification events.
“We’re thrilled to welcome USATF and thousands of our nation’s best athletes and their families to Durham,” says Shelly Green, president & CEO, DCVB. “The successful bid is a testament to the hard work of the DSC, as well as to those who worked behind the scenes for years with a vision to create such an organization to champion sports-based initiatives that benefit the community.”
Registration for the 2019 USATF National Youth Outdoor Championships will open at a future date. For more information about the USATF, please visit usatf.org. Please visit DurhamNCSports.com for more information about DSC.
Source: Durham Sports Commission