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Local Kids Invited to Run, Jump & Throw at Bend Youth Track & Field Meet

May 11, 2015

Celebrating the spirit of track and field competition, the Bend Park & Recreation District is hosting the Bend Youth Track and Field Meet on Wednesday, May 27th at the Bend Senior High School track. Previously held as the Hershey’s Track and Field Games, the event is open to boys and girls born in 2001 through 2008 and free to all participants. The meet features 50, 100, 200 and 400 meter dashes, 800 and 1500 meter runs, the standing long jump and the turbo javelin. Held each spring for the past thirty-eight years, the event has hosted thousands of local children, even Olympic gold medal decathlete, Ashton Eaton.

Participants compete against their own gender in four age groups: 2001-2002, 2003-2004, 2005-2006 and 2007-2008. Competitors may pre-register at the BPRD office now through Tuesday, May 26th or register on-site at the event from 4:00 – 5:15 pm on May 27th. A birth certificate is required at the time of registration.

Field events (long jump and turbo javelin) begin at 4:00 pm and running events begin at 5:30 pm. Participants may compete in up to three different events of their choice and can combine field and running events. Track spikes and/or shoes designed for spikes are not allowed.

Adult and high school age volunteers are needed to help with event activities. To volunteer, contact Kim Johnson, BPRD Volunteer Coordinator at (541) 706-6127.

For event information, visit www.bendparksandrec.org or contact Rich Ekman, BPRD Sports Coordinator at (541) 706-6126.