Track clubs will host local meet
Published: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 2:07 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 2:07 p.m.
The Gainesville Striders and Pure Athletics track clubs will host the inaugural Pure Gainesville Community Track Meet for track and field athletes of all ages.
What: Pure Gainesville Community Track Meet, which will feature local athletes of all ages.
When: 8 a.m. May 18.
Where: Cone Park, 2841 E. University Ave.
Miscellaneous: The registration fee is $14 for ages 18 and under and $15 for 19 and older. Register by May 15 at www.coacho.com.
Information: Call 352-281-2630.
Larry Holsey, longtime executive director of the Striders, said the meet will begin at 8 a.m. May 18 at Cone Park at 2841 E. University Ave. The registration fee is $14 for ages 18 and under and $15 for 19 and older. The deadline to register is May 15, and registration can be completed online at www.coacho.com by clicking on “Calender” and strolling down to “Pure Gainesville May Meet.” There is no cost to attend the meet as a spectator.
Holsey said the meet is an opportunity for local athletes to showcase their talent in front of family and friends at a high quality track and field venue. He said it is important for the community to take advantage of the investment that has been made in the track at Cone Park because it is a “gem” sitting right in the heart of the community.
Holsey said the meet will be organized just like any other meet.
“We’ll have officials, automatic timing and we will be giving medals to the top three finishers,” he said, adding that anyone who wants to take part as an official or volunteer at the meet also can register at www.coacho.com. “The meet will feature all field and running events and we are hoping the community will come out to support our local athletes.”
Gary Evans, coach of Pure Athletics, formerly known as Speed City Athletics, said the event is an opportunity for young athletes to learn more about the college scholarship opportunities available in track and field.
Evans, who trains track stars, including U.S. Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay, said Pure Athletics is a satellite club sponsored by Adidas, the athletic shoe company.
Evans said Speed City changed its name to Pure Athletics when Adidas became their sponsor.
“There will be a lot of great young talent on display at this meet from around Alachua County and Gainesville,” said Evans.
Holsey said there will be skilled athletes competing in the meet, as well as newcomers to the local track and field scene. He said one of the goals of the meet is to educate people about track and field and about the track at Cone Park.
Completed more than a year ago, the track is an eight-lane, competition-quality, 440-meter track with an interior field and also includes space for such field events as pole vault, shot put, high jump and long jump.
The facility includes bleachers for spectators as well as parking.
Holsey said the Striders and Pure Athletics athletes are very excited about competing in front of hometown fans as they gear up for the heart of the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) track season, which will end July 26 through Aug. 3 at the 2013 National AAU Junior Olympic Games Track & Field Multi-Events at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Mich.
“They are very excited and looking forward to this upcoming meet,” Holsey said.