Winston-Salem Hosts 2014 USA Track & Field Masters Outdoor Championships July 17 - 20
"Winston-Salem, the host city for the 2014 USA Track & Field (USATF) Masters Outdoor Championships and the 2015 USATF Masters Indoor Championships, is the first destination to hold both prestigious sporting events in back-to-back years. It is also the first time that Winston-Salem has hosted either event. The 2014 Masters Outdoor Championships are July 17 - 20 at Wake Forest University and the 2015 USATF Masters Indoor Championships are March 20-22 at JDL Fast Track.
"Hosting the Masters Outdoor Championships showcases our exceptional outdoor track & field facilities, attractions and city to these athletes and their families, said Richard Geiger, president of Visit Winston-Salem. Securing sports-related groups is a key component to our sales strategy and accounts for more than a quarter of our definite hotel room bookings."
Hosted by North Carolina USATF, Visit Winston-Salem and Twin City Track Club (TCTC), the Outdoor National Championship event is expected to draw more than 2,000 total participants including athletes, coaches and volunteers from across the country. This event has an estimated economic impact of $632,000.
Registration is open and interested athletes do not have to qualify in order to participate. Local volunteer opportunities are also available for the event. The registration form, volunteer details and event information are available at usatf.org and VisitWinstonSalem.com/Masters.
"We're looking to reach a goal of 1,500 athletes and 200 volunteers. It's a great opportunity for the local Winston-Salem community to support a national sporting event by volunteering," said Bonny Bernat, sports sales manager for Visit Winston-Salem.
Competing athletes in the USATF Masters competitions range from age 30 to some participants in their 90s. Track & Field events to take place include the 100 meter dash, a 10,000 meter race-walk, throwing, jumping, steeplechase and a pentathlon.
USA Track & Field (USATF) is the National Governing Body for track & field, long-distance running and race walking in the United States. USATF encompasses the world's oldest organized sports, the most-watched events of Olympic broadcasts, the No. 1 high school and junior high school participatory sport and more than 30 million adult runners in the United States."