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Edmonton Welcomes Strongest Fields In History Of TrackTown Classic!

 

This weekend, July 11th and 12th, Edmontonians are encouraged to witness the extraordinary at University of Alberta’s Foote Field. TrackTown Classic, a world class Track & Field meet, will feature the strongest lineup of athletes in the history of the event. Every record established over the past four years could be broken as TrackTown Classic organizers seek to be ranked amongst the Top 25 in the world!

The Men’s 100m features 3 athletes who have ran under 10 seconds this year, headlined by 2 time Olympic Gold Medalist & 3 time World Record Holder, Nesta Carter. Joining Carter are NCAA stars Quentin Butler and BeeJay Lee, who have run 9.96 and 9.99 respectively. In the Men’s 200m will be American Wallace Spearmon, who recently ran 20.10 at the USA Track & Field Championships, challenged by Canadian Aaron Brown and World Ranked #5 from Jamaica Rasheed Dwyer. The Men’s 400m will feature NTL Record Holder & World Ranked #2 LaShawn Merritt, who ran 44.30 at last year’s meet, along with American Vernon Norwood who ran 44.44, and Trinidadian quarter-miler Deon Lendore, who ran 44.41 earlier this year. The Men’s 800m will feature American Champion Nick Symmonds, American 600m Record Holder Casimir Loxsom, the Indoor World Record Holder over 500m Brycen Spratling and 2014 Canadian Champion Anthony Romaniw.

The 110mH will feature Decathlon World Record Holder Ashton Eaton along with Jamaican Tyler Mason, Mikel Thomas from Trinidad and Sekou Kaba from Canada. The Men’s Hammer Throw welcomes the return of the 2015 NCAA Champion and NTL Record Holder Conor McCullough from Ireland along with Marcel Lomnicky from Slovakia. The Men’s Pole Vault will showcase the talents of Canadian Record Holder Shawn Barber, who will be challenged, most notably, by multiple World Medalist Brad Walker. The Men’s High Jump will welcome back Derek Drouin, the Canadian Record Holder, who will face-off against Americans JaCorian Duffield 2.34m and Jesse Williams 2.31m.

TrackTown Canada is extremely pleased to announce 6x Olympic medalist / 10x World Championships medalist Allyson Felix to compete in Canada for the first time at the 2015 Track Town Classic!
TrackTown Canada is extremely pleased to announce 6x Olympic medalist / 10x World Championships medalist Allyson Felix to compete in Canada for the first time at the 2015 Track Town Classic!

The Women’s 100m will feature one of the most decorated Americans in track & field history, Allyson Felix. She will be challenged by Canadian Khamica Bingham, Jamaicans Sherone Simpson and Samantha Henry-Robinson. The Women’s 200m is a battle of Canadians Kimberly Hyacinthe, Crystal Emmanuel and World Ranked #10, Jamaican Simone Facey.

The Women’s 400m will welcome back World Ranked #2 Sanya Richards-Ross to Edmonton competing against Jamaican Anastasia Le-Roy, American DeeDee Trotter and World Medalist in the Heptathlon Brianne Thiesen-Eaton. The Women’s 800m will feature the newest member of the sub 2:00 club, Canadian Fiona Benson along with Americans Maggie Vessey and Pheobe Wright. The Women’s 400m Hurdles will be the strongest race of the day featuring Americans Kori Carter, Lashinda Demus and Tiffany Williams battling Jamaican Shevon Stoddart, all who will be challenged by the top 3 Canadians. The Women’s 100mH will feature Canadians Phylicia George, Nikkita Holder and Albertans Angela Whyte and Christie Gordon. They will compete against American Ginnie Crawford, Jamaican Shermaine Williams and many other track & field stars from around the world.

Catch the non-stop action this weekend in person or watch the meet live online at athleticscanada.tv for the thrilling series finale of the NTL!

The world’s top track & field athletic stars are ready to continue achieving record times and personal bests in the presence of excited fans of all ages at Foote Field’s state-of-the-art facility this July 11th and 12th at TrackTown Classic hosted, appropriately, in Edmonton by TrackTown Canada!

Tickets are on sale now for as low as $12 per person and available through TrackTown Classic’s website: www.tracktownclassic.com or through the TrackTown Canada mobile app available at the Apple App Store or Android Store.

TrackTown Canada is committed to setting a standard of excellence in the sport of athletics by hosting premier events, creating a supportive environment for elite athletic performances, improving facilities and inspiring the next generation of track & field athletes, coaches, volunteers and fans.

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