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Welcoming the world’s top track and field stars

Welcoming the world’s top track and field stars

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On June 13, Alberta will be the next stop on the World Athletics Silver Continental Tour, welcoming over 200 of the best track and field athletes from around the world.

Alberta continues to build its reputation as a world-class host for major sporting events and a premier destination for sports fans by welcoming Olympic-level track and field athletes to the province for the Edmonton Athletics Invitational. This one-day meet will bring athletes, coaches, and officials from 15 countries to Edmonton’s Foote Field to participate in the action.

The Invitational is expected to draw more than 2,000 spectators and inject over $1 million into Edmonton’s economy through increased activity at local businesses and hotel bookings. Alberta’s government is providing $155,000 in funding towards the planning, staging, and delivery of this competition.

“Alberta’s government is proud to invest in events like the Edmonton Athletics Invitational, which not only bring economic benefits and give our athletes a home-field advantage, but inspire the next generation of Alberta athletes. Major sporting events spark an interest in sport and recreation, getting more kids out playing and being active,” said Joseph Schow, Minister of Tourism and Sport.

The World Athletics Silver Continental Tour provides athletes with an opportunity to earn World Athletics Rankings points, essential for qualifying for the Paris Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer. The tour spans from March to September with a total of 39 stops, and Edmonton will be the 23rd stop. Among the 15 Alberta athletes competing are Edmonton’s Marco Arop and Sherwood Park’s Amanda Rummery, both Podium Alberta grant recipients.

Marco Arop is the reigning world champion in the 800m, having won gold at the 2023 World Athletics Championship in Hungary—Canada’s first-ever gold medal at that distance. Arop made his Olympic debut in 2020, advancing to the semi-finals, and now sets his sights on Paris. Amanda Rummery is one of Canada’s top para-runners, holding Canadian records for the 100m, 200m, and 400m races. Last month, she set a new T46 400m Canadian record at the Franson Last Chance Meet in California.

The Edmonton Athletics Invitational, organized by Athletics Alberta, will showcase a range of events, including the men’s and women’s 100m, 400m, 800m, and Hammer Throw; the men’s 110m Hurdles, 400m Hurdles, and High Jump; and the women’s 100m Hurdles, 400m Hurdles, Pole Vault, and Shot Put.

Join us for a day of exceptional athletic performance and support our athletes on their journey to the Paris Olympics.

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