2001 Outdoor Golden Spike Tour
Two IAAF Grand Prix meets highlight USA Track & Fields 2001 Outdoor Golden Spike Tour. Sponsored by adidas, GMC Envoy, Visa, SoBe Sports System, and Pontiac Grand Prix, this years edition of USATFs signature event features the strongest schedule of the Tours three-year history. Three nationally televised Golden Spike Tour meets lead up to the GMC Envoy USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, where Team USAs roster for the 2001 World Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Edmonton, Canada, will be selected.
The Golden Spike Tour gets rolling May 12 with the Princeton Invitational in New Jersey and continues June 3 with the adidas Oregon Track Classic (Grand Prix II) in Portland, Ore.; June 9 with the Peregrine Systems U.S. Open (Grand Prix I) in Palo Alto, Calif.; and June 21-24 with the GMC Envoy Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore. Athletes competing at Golden Spike Tour meets will be announced at a later date.
As a prelude to the Golden Spike Tour, the elite USATF outdoor season kicks off April 28 with USA vs. THE WORLD at the Penn Relays, a special event within the Penn Relays that pits Team USAs top talent against relay teams from around the world. At USA vs. THE WORLD in 2000, the Marion Jones-anchored Team USA 4x200m relay broke a 20-year-old world record. Expanded sponsor backing has helped build upon last years successful event. In 2001, Nike, GMC Envoy, Visa, SoBe Sports System and Pontiac Grand Prix are contributing their support to the event.
In addition to organizing the Golden Spike Tour, USA Track & Field is joining forces with the nations top relay meets in an effort to further elite athlete development. The Fresno Relays April 7; Kansas Relays April 18-21; Mt. SAC Relays April 20-22; Drake Relays April 27-28; and Modesto Relays May 12 all will receive Golden Spike Tour satellite designation and will put on events featuring Americas stars of the future.