PORTLAND--Portland Track, the organization behind the Portland Track Festival contested in June, recently announced that it will stage two new events in 2015.
Portland Track will host the Portland Summer Twilight meet on Thursday July 2nd, with a wide range of events, as opposed to the Portland Track Festival, which mainly focuses on distance events.
On August 8th, the organization will stage the Portland 10000, with one men's and women's 10000 meter race on the track. This event came about after the Memorial Van Damme Diamond League meet cancelled their 10000m race, and athletes and agents spoke for a mid-to-late season track race at that distance.
Portland Track president Craig Rice said, “U.S. athletes and coaches have been looking for domestic, high-performance events as an alternative to the European circuit and we are happy to welcome everyone back to Portland for our 2015 series of meets.”
All three meets will be run in the evening at Lewis & Clark's Griswold Stadium, according to Ken Goe of the Oregonian.
The 2014 Portland Track Classic was highlighted by Olympic & world champ Mo Farah (above/photo by Randy Miyazaki, trackandfieldphoto.com) of Great Britain and the Nike Oregon Project, as he ran 13:23.42 to win the 5000.
NOTE: Portland Track contributed to this report.