Posted June 21, 2023 in Press Releases


Elite youth track and field athletes from across the United States set to compete for national titles

CLEVELAND Greater Cleveland Sports Commission (GCSC) will welcome the 2023 USA Track and Field (USATF) National Youth Outdoor Championships on June 26 - July 1 at SPIRE Academy in Geneva, OH. This event will feature youth athletes, ages 8-18, from across the United States competing in track events such as 1500m race walking, 100m hurdles, 400m dash and 2000m steeplechase; and field events including high jump, shot put, pole vault and hammer throw, as well as heptathlon, pentathlon and decathlon events.

Awards and All-American honors will be given to the top six finishers in both individual and relay events. A full schedule of events can be found online.

This championship is open to 2023 USATF members who fall within the youth age divisions (8-18). Athlete registration is available online until June 24, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Spectators can purchase admission online. Single-day tickets range from $17 for adults to $10 for children (ages 6-11), military personnel and seniors. All-session passes range from $50 for adults to $40 for children (ages 6-11), military personnel and seniors.

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.

In partnership with USATF and SPIRE Academy, GCSC will host this event expected to generate an estimated $1.9 million in economic impact to Northeast Ohio. More event information is available at www.clevelandsports.org/usatrackandfield

Media interested in attending the event can apply for credentials via communications@usatf.org.

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About Greater Cleveland Sports Commission: Since 2000, Greater Cleveland Sports Commission (GCSC) is responsible for attracting over 210 sporting events which provide more than $860 million in economic activity to Northeast Ohio. GCSC serves to measurably improve the economy of Greater Cleveland and enrich the community by attracting, creating, managing and enhancing significant sporting and competitive events. For more information, visit clevelandsports.org.

About SPIRE Academy: SPIRE Academy is a comprehensive academic, athletic, personal skills and career development experience located within a world class event and wellness complex. Constructed on more than 800 acres and 800,000 sq. ft. under roof, SPIRE (spireacademy.com) encompasses four divisions: SPIRE Academy, an accredited college preparatory international boarding school and multi-sport/specialty training and development academy for 9-12 graders and a post grad program; SPIRE Institute, the research and development arm studying performance improvement across multiple disciplines; SPIRE Events, a facility and team that hosts local, national and international tournaments and events with the NCAA, the Big East, Big Ten and Atlantic 10 conferences, Olympic trials and world championship qualifiers; and SPIRE Fit, a community membership-based fitness, swim and health center open to the public. Sports currently featured on campus include swimming, track and field, basketball, esports, drone racing, wrestling, soccer and lacrosse.

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