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Maine to Host Junior Olympics Championship

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BRUNSWICK – Hundreds of young athletes from seven Northeast states will compete at Bowdoin College’s Magee-Samuelson Track at historic Whittier Field, June 25-27 in the 2010 Region I Junior Olympic Track & Field Championship. Boys and girls ages 18 and under from New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Maine will have the chance to qualify for USA Track & Fields’ Junior Olympic National Championships to be held July 27-August 1st in Sacramento, CA.

Since the mid-1960′s the USATF Junior Olympic program has been the most prominent youth athlete developmental program in the world. Nearly 70,000 young people compete each year in the Junior Olympic Track & Field and Cross Country programs. Many of America’s Olympians began as Junior Olympic athletes, including stars such as Maurice Greene, Allyson Felix, Bryan Clay, John Godina, Deena Kastor, and Allen Johnson.

Hosted by the Town of Brunswick Parks and Recreation Department, Bowdoin College and the USATF – Maine Association, the Region I meet offers a special opportunity for Maine youth to showcase their talents and step up to the national track and field stage.

Young Mainers can earn a trip to the Region 1 meet by participating in the USATF-Maine State Qualifying Meet June 19-20 at Scarborough High School. Pre-registration is encouraged. All participants must be MEUSATF members ($15 fee) and there is an entry fee of $6 per event. Proof of age is required in the form of a birth certificate, passport, certified baptismal, driver’s license, or US government ID. For a complete list of events for this meet visit www.meusatf.org

The Region 1 Host Committee has built a special web site www.brunswickevents.org featuring registration information, directions, and details on lodging and local attractions for families traveling from across Maine.

For More Information:

Contact Name: Brunswick Parks & Recreation

Telephone Number: (207) 725-6656

Website: http://brunswickevents.org/

Email: JOlkkola@brunswickme.com