Youth Challenge

Hey kids!

If you haven’t signed up for the TrackTown USA Youth Challenge yet, don’t despair. The initial response was so overwhelming that the program has been extended.

The “challenge” is simple: sign up and run one mile.

It’s open to kids age 12 and under, and once the task has been completed and verified, each participant receives a voucher good for a pair of free single-day tickets – one adult and one youth – to the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships at historic Hayward Field.

The six-day meet will be held July 22-27, the first time ever on U.S. soil. It features the world’s best track and field athletes, age 19 and under, from as many as 212 different countries around the globe.

“We couldn’t be more pleased to extend the TrackTown USA Youth Challenge,” said Vin Lananna, president of TrackTown USA. “We want to give every kid a chance to participate in this tremendous program which is focused on inspiring our youth to stay active and be mindful of their overall health and fitness.”

In less than a month, nearly 600 vouchers have been distributed to kids from all over Lane County, said Kim McManus, senior program supervisor for the city of Eugene.

Sign-up forms for the TrackTown USA Youth Challenge are available online at and They can also be picked up in person at the Sheldon Community Center.

When the mile run, jog or walk has been completed, simply fill out the form – making sure it is signed by a parent or legal guardian to verify the achievement – and return it to the Sheldon Community Center, via mail or in person.

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet the TrackTown USA Youth Challenge and receive two free single-day tickets to attend the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships.