The first of four All-Comers Track Meets was put on by Marysville Parks, Culture and Recreation, Marysville-Pilchuck Track and Field, and Lakewood Track and Field on July 11.
This was the first of four track meets to be held over the summer and each will be open from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. There is a low entry fee of $5, which allows each participant to compete in as many events as they want throughout the day.
“We run a fun and friendly meet with great competition, and we try to make sure that we are inclusive by having a division for every ability level. It’s great to see everyone from the community come out here and contribute in their own way, whether that be competing or volunteering in events throughout the day,” said Lakewood Head Coach Monica Rooney.
Normally you have to be an athlete attached to a school or have to be a professional to compete at a track meet, but the All-Comers Meets give everyone a chance to take part in the sport. Every athlete, no matter the age, is encouraged to participate as it is common for entire families to take part on the track. There is also no need for prior experience as there are volunteers at every event ready to teach you everything you need to know.
This year the All-Comers Meets were moved to a new venue, Lakewood High School. After a few years of renovations and upgrades, Lakewood is now one of the best facilities in the county.
“We couldn’t have asked for better weather. It’s not super-hot, and I think that made a huge difference for everyone out here feeling a little more energetic and not melting under the sun. We moved the meet out to Lakewood this year, it’s a beautiful facility and the move was refreshing,” said Marysville-Pilchuck Head Coach Mike Cull.
If you would like to compete, there are still three more track meets to be held this summer. Each meet will be held on a Thursday as they are scheduled for July 18, July 25 and Aug. 1. If you want more information you can visit the city's website at https://marysvillewa.gov/971/All-Comers-Track-Meets or contact the city of Marysville’s Athletic Supervisor Dave Hall at email@example.com.