Archive for Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Lawrence community able to host track event originally scheduled for Joplin

June 22, 2011


Lawrence will be hosting two track-and-field events in the coming weeks that are expected to draw a total of 2,800 athletes and 5,700 spectators.

“You will be able to see some of the best young athletes in this area compete on consecutive weekends,” said Bob Sanner, sports marketing manager for the Lawrence Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The AAU Area 11 Junior Olympic National Games qualifying meet will be June 30-July 3 at Lawrence High School and Kansas University’s Memorial Stadium.

The event originally was scheduled to be in Joplin, Mo., which was devastated by a tornado on May 23. The event is expected to draw up to 1,800 athletes and 2,700 spectators.

Sanner said making the arrangements to host the event was a “major undertaking.” He said Kansas Athletics and the Lawrence School District were able to respond quickly.

“It was a great community effort,” he said.

The following weekend — July 7-10 — the city will be hosting the USATF Missouri Valley Junior Olympic Trials Region 16 Championship. The top five athletes in each track-and-field event will qualify for the championship.

Sanner said the event is expected to bring 1,000 participants and 3,000 spectators.


JayhawkAlum03 6 years, 12 months ago

consumer - I got caught up on that the first time, too, then realized I missed a section in the middle. The total you listed is for one of the two events:

Weekend One: 1,800 athletes and 2,700 spectators. Weekend Two: 1,000 participants and 3,000 spectators.

Grand total of 2,800 participants and 5,700 spectators across two weekends.


Westley 6 years, 12 months ago

I'll be competing in the cliff-climbing competition at this event.

Clickker 6 years, 12 months ago

5700 people spending $100 is a nice little 1/2 Mil Dollar boost to the local economy. Good theing we have the facilities

John Reher 6 years, 12 months ago

I would hope that some of the proceeds of this event would go to help out the people in Joplin.

Commenting has been disabled for this item.