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News and Notes - April 15, 2014


Eugene among 3 cities vying for 17th IAAF World Championships in 2019

INDIANAPOLIS -- Eugene, Oregon is among three cities to submit letters of intent to the IAAF to host the 2019 IAAF World Championships, the IAAF announced today.

The IAAF’s premier event, the 17th edition of the championships will be in one of three cities: Doha, Qatar; Barcelona, Spain; or Eugene, Ore.  Next steps are that each city will gain more information from the bid packets then proceed to complete bid documents for the IAAF.  

Late last year, Portland, Ore., was awarded the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships after a successful bid was submitted by USATF and TrackTown LLC.  The event will mark the first time a senior World Athletics Series (WAS) event has been held in the United States since the World Cross Country Championships in 1992. Eugene will host the 2014 World Junior Championships this summer.

Greensboro, N.C., also submitted a letter of intent to bid for the 2017 IAAF World Youth Championships. Other cities to declare interest are Nairobi, Kenya and Buenos Aires, Argentina. Greensboro most recently was the site of the 2013 US Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships and has seen many USATF youth and junior championships held on the campus of North Carolina A&T State University.

The IAAF Council will decide the host cities in its next meeting in Monaco in November.

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Athletes serving their communities through Athletes for Hope

AUSTIN -- Natasha Hastings is one of many USATF elite athletes volunteering in their hometowns and training communities by joining forces with Athletes For Hope, a non-profit organization with a deep commitment to giving back to make a difference in the world. Hastings recruited five of her training partners Monday as Michael Tinsley, Bianca Knight, Mike Rodgers, Stacey Ann Smith, and Nichole Derby all visited the Boys and Girls Club of Austin.

Other athletes serving their communities this week are Kori Carter at the Riekes Center for Human Advancement and Tiombe Hurd working with Leveling the Playing Field, Inc.

Follow @USATF on Twitter for updates and photos from community activities.

Carmelita Jeter participates in Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Olympic gold medalist Carmelita Jeter participated in the 2014 Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach this past weekend. The charity race benefits Miller Children’s Hospital in Long Beach and Children’s Hospital of Orange County.

Jeter was hoping to translate her track speed to a race track but crashed into a wall early into the competition. Jeter walked away just fine from the car and enjoyed meeting the families impacted by the great care provided by Long Beach’s Miller Children’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Orange County.

Great pics of @jetg5 participating in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach for charity this weekend. Translating her speed on the track to speed on the race track! (Randy Johnson/Grand Prix Association of Long Beach).

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