USA Track & Field has selected Rochester to serve as host to the 2018 USA Track & Field Youth Outdoor Championships, officials announced Thursday.
Some 3,000 youth athletes, along with spectators, friends and family members, are expected to attend.
Participants of the competition are ages 7 to 18 and represent some of the most competitive youth and track athletes in the U.S., officials said. The championships are to be held at SUNY College at Brockport June 26 to July 1.
“We are thrilled to welcome the USATF Youth Championships to Monroe County,” said Cheryl Dinolfo, Monroe County Executive. “Thousands of young athletes and their families will visit our community in 2018, giving us yet another opportunity to showcase the many attractions that make Monroe County an excellent destination for visitors.”
The bid was achieved by collaboration between Visit Rochester Inc., the Monroe County Sports Commission and USATF’s Niagara Association.
“With their successful bid, Rochester and the Niagara Association have stepped forward to provide another top-flight host for our showcase USATF championship events,” said Max Siegel, CEO of USATF in a statement. “We look forward to taking the Youth Championships to Western New York in 2018.”
The event’s organizers expect to fill 10,000 room nights over the course of the week. There is an estimated economic impact of roughly $4 million, VisitRochester said.
“We are so excited to learn that Rochester has been selected as the site of the 2018 USATF Youth Outdoor Championships,” said Don Jeffries, president and CEO of Visit Rochester. “Rochester’s selection to host this event, following a very competitive bidding process, speaks to this community’s strengths as a sports and recreation destination. We couldn’t be more excited to welcome the top youth track and field athletes from across the country, along with their families, to Rochester for several fun-filled days in 2018.”
Serving as host to this kind of meet in the region is a unique opportunity, says Terry Eason, president of USATF Niagara.
“Board members of the USATF Niagara Association and members of the local organizing committee are very excited to have this rare opportunity to host a National Youth meet in or area,” he said. “I’ve worked many of these meets as an official, and we know youth from all ages in our area will enjoy the chance to compete against peers from all over the country.”
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