NAIA Track & Field National Championships return to Johnson City this week

JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) – The 51st Annual NAIA Men’s and Women’s Indoor track & Field National Championships will return to East Tennessee State University on March 3 after a six-year absence.Capture

The Johnson City Convention and Visitors Bureau welcomed the return of the track and field event during a press conference on Wednesday morning.

The NAIA Championships were last held in Johnson City in 2010 and this year more than 1500 athletes from 100 schools are expected to attend.

The JCCVB anticipates a $1.2 million impact on the local economy during the event which runs through March 5.

The following is a press release on the event:

The Johnson City Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) is excited to welcome the 51st Annual National Association of Intercollegiate Athletes (NAIA) Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track and Field National Championships back to Johnson City. Athletes from nearly 100 schools across the country will compete at East Tennessee State University’s David E. Walker Track inside The Mountain State Health Alliance (MSHA) Athletic Center March 3rd-5th, 2016.

The 2016 championship marks the first time since 2010 that Johnson City has hosted the event. Previously, it was held in Johnson City for a decade from 2000 until 2010. “We are proud to partner with them once again and look forward to providing an unforgettable experience for the fans, families, coaches, and especially the student athletes,” said Gavin Andrews, Johnson City CVB Director of Sports Development.

Athletes who qualify for the NAIA Indoor Track and Field National Championships will compete in several events including: shot put, high jump, pole vault, weight throw and several running events. The indoor track at ETSU will also serve as the championship’s home for the 2017 season. The CVB expects more than 1,500 athletes, coaches, staff and fans to visit next weekend, creating great economic impact for the city.

In addition, the event positively impacts students in our community. Seven Johnson City elementary schools participated in NAIA’s Champions of Character program. The program aims to instill values that build character so students, coaches and parents know, do and value the right thing on and off the track. The school with the most participation in the program will receive a special visit from NAIA student-athletes and Olympians Timothy “Tim” Mack and Tony Cosey. The CVB will also present the winning school with a $1,000 check to go towards its physical education program. The winner of the Champions of Character will be announced during the championship ceremonies, 12:00pm on March 5th.

For the full schedule of events and more information, click here. To buy tickets for The NAIA Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track and Field National Championships, click here. Children 5 & under are free, students and seniors (65+) are $8.00, adults are $12.00, and a 3-day event pass is $24.00.

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