Spring is track season, and Atlanta Track Club heads to the oval for the All-Comers Track and Field series beginning Tuesday, May 6 and continuing each Tuesday evening starting at 5:30 p.m. through June 17 at the Emory University Woodruff Physical Education Center.
With All-Comers, the name says it all: they are open to everyone, no prior experience or team membership required. It's a great chance to learn about this branch of the sport, get some fun exercise, or work on sharpening your skills. With a range of participants from toddlers to Olympians, it's fun to watch as well.
A full complement of track events and most field events are offered. While all events are hand timed, results are not recorded. Blocks, relay batons, and shots are provided courtesy of Emory University; vaulters need to bring their own poles. Track spikes are not required. Due to time constraints, not all running events are contested at every meet; see the schedule below for a complete event listing.
New this year, All-Comers Track and Field series will be FREE to all participants and spectators. Participants are only required to register one time for the entire series. If online is not an option, registration forms will be available on site. Participants will need to check in at the gate to receive a wristband each week showing they are officially registered for the event. Parking is available in the Peavine parking deck adjacent to the track; very nominal fees may apply. Volunteers are also welcomed, and as with the participants, no prior experience is necessary.
Heats for the running events are based on predicted times, gender and age groups. The parent/child relays enhance the meets, promoting shared family experiences in a way that is rare in sports. Moms and dads join their kids - sometimes in the same race - creating a festival of cheers, hugs, and high fives. The relay is a unique opportunity to literally "pass the baton" on to the next generation.
A popular feature of the meet series is the Kilometer Kids Junior Decathlon Competition, where kids of all ages will have a chance to win some great incentive prizes based on the number of events they participate in over the seven weeks. Several of Atlanta Track Club's Kilometer Kids groups/schools will use the All-Comers meets to log extra miles toward their goal of running 26.2 miles over 11 weeks each spring.
Event is rain or shine