Thousands are sprinting to Durham for the USATF National Youth Outdoor Championships — and you're going to want to be here to see the magic these visitors bring to the Bull City.
Some of the fastest, strongest athletes from all over the country will descend upon the Bull City to qualify for their spots on the podium. It's easy to be awed by professional athletes with years of experience to fuel them; but what about those under 18 that are already more explosive than 98% of their peers? The talent is a sight to behold, and you'll have a front-row seat to the action.
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Get a front-row seat to the Olympians of the future
Durham’s already created Olympians, and true to our nature, we believe the next generation of Olympians will soon compete in this community of trailblazers. We’re where student-athletes come to excel at prestigious universities and tournaments, taught by Olympic caliber coaches like Dr. LeRoy Walker and Al Buehler. Records were also set here by world-class track stars Lee Calhoun and Dave Sime.
Do you know local track athletes who want to see what this caliber of action looks like? This is a tremendous opportunity to see the preparation and successes of similar-aged kids, up close and personal. There will also be ample opportunities to meet coaches and interested scouts from Universities near and far who have their eye out for the next wave of runners.
Spectate in style
Durham County Stadium will host the 2019 USATF National Youth Outdoor Championships, and has almost completed a $1.4 million dollar improvement, resurfacing the track, completing a hammer throw cage, and enhancing a facility intended for championship caliber competition. Durham County Memorial Stadium was built in 1985, seats 8,500 people, has a Beynon Sports Surfaces’ Outdoor Track and Field surface and an artificial turf field with full lighting. It's the kind of environment memories are made in. Thinking about taking a day trip and need parking? We've got that covered too: with parking for over 5,000 cars, the facility was built for large-scale events and to have a positive community impact.
Fun for the family
After a June afternoon watching the action at the stadium, chill out at Locopops. Kids (and parents!) will love the array of gourmet popsicle flavors, which range from mojito and mango chili to chocolate brownie. Then, take everyone to discover the science behind clouds at The Museum of Life + Science’s outdoor water exhibit Into the Mist. Kids and adults are encouraged to learn about cloud formation by playing in the mist that forms over the green landscape.
Post-playdate, take the kids to Pelican’s, a short five-minute drive away from the museum. You can order New Orleans-style sno-balls in flavors like tutti frutti and cherry cola. If you really want to go for gold, try all 100 flavors and win a free t-shirt! Feel free to also try any of our top picks for celebratory Durham dining experiences. Who knows ... you may see more than one visiting athlete while you're winding down from a great week of competition.
We'll see you out there!