Featuring more than 6,000 athletes representing all 50 states, the 2021 USATF National Junior Olympics Track & Field Championships will take place Monday, July 26, through Sunday, Aug. 1, at Hodges Stadium at the University of North Florida. The event has an estimated economic impact of over $11 million for the Jacksonville community.
“We are so excited to bring this national event back to Jacksonville this year,” said Angela Harris, Meet Director for the 2021 USATF Junior Olympics. “As a Jacksonville native, it’s an honor to welcome over 6,000 athletes from around the country to our wonderful city, to the track at the University of North Florida and to Jacksonville's passionate and supportive running community. We look forward to welcoming all of the athletes and spectators next week.”
Competitors ranging in age from 7 to 19 will compete in their signature event(s), which could include running, field and combined-events (the triathlon, pentathlon, heptathlon and decathlon).
To help make this event a success, USATF is working with Epitome, JTC Running and Visit Jacksonville to ensure athletes, coaches, families, officials, volunteers and spectators have an enjoyable and memorable experience throughout the week.
JTC Running donated $22,500 to USATF Florida to help bring the Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships to Jacksonville.
“JTC Running is proud to be a part of the USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships and to encourage these young athletes through both our organization’s financial contribution, as well as the volunteer support by our JTC members,” said Larry Roberts, JTC Running Board President.
This is the second time Jacksonville has hosted this national event, the first was in 2015.
“We’re proud to have the opportunity to host these talented athletes and for the partnership with USATF and the University of North Florida Athletics,” said Michael Corrigan, CEO and President of Visit Jacksonville. “Not only is this a great showcase of talent, but it’s a great showcase of the facilities and abilities we have as a city to host groups and events of this magnitude.”
Tickets can be purchased on-site each day, $15 for adults, $10 for children and children ages 6 and under are free. For a complete list of events for the championships, and more information, visit http://usatfjojax.com/.
Based in Indianapolis, USA Track & Field (USATF) is the National Governing Body for track and 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 number one high school and junior high school participatory sport, and more than 30 million adult runners in the United States. USATF drives competitive excellence and popular engagement in our sport in a safe environment for all.
About JTC Running
Established in 1975 as Jacksonville Track Club, JTC Running is an all-volunteer-run nonprofit organization that promotes health and community through running. JTC Running established the Jacksonville River Run in 1978, now the Gate River Run, one of the leading road races in the country with more than 25,000 participants annually. The Gate River Run has been a U.S. National 15K since 1994.
All proceeds from the Gate River Run stay locally to support running classes and events, high school track meets, and important community initiatives like bringing the USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships to Jacksonville.
About Visit Jacksonville
Visit Jacksonville is a Destinations International accredited Destination Marketing Organization contracted by the Duval County Tourist Development Council (TDC) to champion the growth of business and leisure tourism in Jacksonville. For a closer look at all there is to see and do in Jacksonville, go to http://www.VisitJacksonville.c... or contact 800-733-2668.