Portland Track Festival Ready to Roll in 2013
Annual distance showcase brings the best to the Pacific Northwest June 7-8
PORTLAND, ORE., May 20, 2013 - The sixth annual Portland Track Festival is set to take place on Friday, June 7 and Saturday, June 8 at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon.
The distance-only event hosts a collection of races, giving America's best distance runners the opportunity to run fast and compete towards the U.S. Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
At the 2012 Portland Track Festival, three 2012 Olympians took part in Dathan Ritzenhein, American steeplechase record holder Evan Jager and Kim Conley, with Ritzenhein winning the men's 5,000m event, Conley winning the women's 1,500m and Jager finishing second in the men's 1,500m.
The women's 10,000 was a signature event of the 2012 meet, where Conley helped pace five women to Olympic Trials qualifying berths as part of her own build up toward the Olympic Trials.
"We were proud of the role the meet played in bringing these athletes together and we look forward to supporting more athletes in 2013," says Portland Track Festival meet director Craig Rice.
The 2013 edition will once again feature elite men's and women's 800m, 1,500m, 3,000m steeplechase, 5,000m and 10,000m events, boy's and girl's elite high school miles and a handful of youth, masters and open events.
"When speaking of the Olympic Trials we always say that the 'Road to Eugene goes through Portland', which is factually true," says Rice. "This year the road goes a little further to Des Moines, but we can get you directions."
For more information on the Portland Track Festival, please visit:www.portlandtrackfestival.com.