EUGENE—TrackTown USA announced Tuesday that recently retired Washington State alum Bernard Lagat (left/photo by Paul Merca), along with Nick Symmonds of the Brooks Beasts will serve as general managers of two of the four teams set to compete in the TrackTown Summer Series.
Lagat and Symmonds, along with Sanya Richards-Ross and Allyson Felix, who are four of the most recognized names in American professional track & field, collectively bring to the table global star power to each of the four franchises in the 2017 TrackTown Summer Series—Portland (Lagat), San Francisco (Symmonds), Philadelphia (Richards-Ross), and New York (Felix).
“I love the concept of team competitions to give our domestic athletes a chance to showcase their talents right here in the US,” said Lagat. “The teams will be comprised of world-class athletes and I hope I can help guide them to top performances and give our fans some great events to watch.”
In a statement released by TrackTown USA, Symmonds said, “I have argued for over a decade that professional runners need more domestic opportunities to compete.”
“It is no surprise that TrackTown USA is the entity that finally got it done. Vin Lananna and his team have done a wonderful job hosting events in Eugene and I have no doubt that their execution of this year’s Summer Series will be a resounding success.”
The four GMs will work in partnership with TrackTown USA and its financial investors by finalizing team rosters, announcing draft picks, advising on free agents, and helping determine which athletes from last year’s pool will be offered contract extensions.
The TrackTown Summer Series will expand to three meets in 2017—June 29th at Stanford University; July 2nd at Mount Hood CC outside of Portland; and the finals on July 6th at Icahn Stadium in New York.
NOTE: TrackTown USA contributed to this report.