Lawrence, KS, June 20, 2016 – Lawrence will be hosting the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Region 16 Track and Field Championships at Free State High School June 23-26, 2016. This meet will showcase talent from Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas.
More than 1,700 youth athletes in nine different age groups will compete in running and field events. The top six athletes in individual running events, the top five in field events and the top four relay teams and multi-event finishers in each age division will qualify for the 2016 AAU National Junior Olympic Games to take place in Houston, TX, July 30-August 5.
“The AAU Region 16 Track and Field Championships will be a great run-thru for Lawrence as 9,500 athletes will be competing in the 2017 USA Track & Field Junior Olympic Championships at Lawrence’s Rock Chalk Park next July,” said Bob Sanner, Sports Director, Explore Lawrence. “Everything is in place to make this the first-class sporting event that people have come to expect from Lawrence. We couldn’t do it without our 300 gracious volunteers.”
Lawrence has a long history of attracting quality sporting events including the Kansas Relays, Tour of Lawrence and a multitude of youth championships which provide a positive economic impact for the city. The addition of Rock Chalk Park and Sports Pavilion Lawrence to the community’s collection of sporting facilities has elevated sporting event organizers’ interest in the city. The AAU Region 16 Track and Field Championships has a potential economic impact of $1.5 million.
In Lawrence and Douglas County, visitors spent $227 million in 2014. This spending directly supports more than 2,500 jobs providing an income of $56 million to staff.
eXplore Lawrence represents the travel and tourism for Lawrence and Douglas County, Kansas. We are dedicated to creating economic development by attracting visitors, conventions and events to our city.