San Francisco Track & Field Celebrates 30 Years by Hosting Fifth Annual Pride Meet on July 22

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San Francisco’s First and Only Amateur Track & Field Club Provides USA Track & Field-Sanctioned Competition for More than 100 LGBT and LGBT-Friendly Athletes

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At last year’s meet, seven new Pride Meet records, and even one new American Record, were broken. Joy Upshaw, 50, of Lafayette, lowered her own American Record (50-54 age group) in the 300M IM Hurdles with a time of 46.38. We can’t wait

San Francisco Track & Field Club will hold its fifth-annual Pride Track & Field Meet on July 22, 2012 at Chabot College in Hayward, Calif. The meet - designed to provide athletes of all sexual orientations with an opportunity to compete in a welcoming environment - is fully sanctioned and recognized by USA Track & Field and expects more than 100 LGBT and LGBT-friendly athletes to compete.

All athletes aged 18 years and older are eligible to register and participate in the event. Athletes in the 18-29 age group will compete in the Sub-Masters Division; athletes aged 30 years and older will compete in five-year increments (e.g., 30-34, 35-39, etc.); relays for those age 30 and older will be held in 10-year increments.

2012 events begin at 8:30 a.m. and will include:
Track - 100-meter, 200-meter, 400-meter, 800-meter,mile, 5,000-meter, 80-meter/100-meter/110-meter hurdles, 300-meter/400-meter hurdles and 3,000-meter/2,000-meter steeplechase.
Relays - 4-x-100-meter, 4-x-200-meter and 4-x-400-meter.
Field - high jump, long jump, triple jump, discus, shot put, pole vault, javelin and hammer throw.

For a full schedule of events, visit San Francisco Track & Field’s Pride Meet website: http://www.pridemeet.org/.

“The Pride Track and Field Meet was established in 2007 as a way to build on our club's mission to promote and foster the sport of track and field among LGBT athletes,” said Andy Bundy, Pride Meet director and founder. “Having spent more than 25 years competing as openly gay and lesbian athletes (since the inception of the Gay Games in San Francisco in 1982), our club recognized the need to provide an LGBT-friendly event that not only encourages LGBT athletes to compete, but also encourages support and participation from our allies. Now in its fifth year, we expect the meet to draw more athletes than ever before.”

Medals will be awarded to the top-three finishers in each men's and women's age group (including the Sub-Masters divisions).

“At last year’s meet, seven new Pride Meet records, and even one new American Record, were broken,” continued Bundy.“Joy Upshaw, 50, of Lafayette, lowered her own American Record (50-54 age group) in the 300M IM Hurdles with a time of 46.38. We can’t wait to see what records are broken at this year’s meet.”

Athletes can register online and offline. Registration information can be accessed at http://pridemeet.org/registration. Spectators are encouraged to attend; there will be no charge for spectator admission to the event.

About San Francisco Track & Field Club
The San Francisco Track & Field Club - founded by Dr. Tom Waddell, founder of the Gay Games - seeks to dignify and promote gay and lesbian athletes and athletics, and be inclusive of all ages, genders, races and abilities. The club stresses the joy of sport while attempting to nurture athletic ability, always encouraging each other to strive for personal best achievements. The club provides an avenue for athletes (men and women) to showcase their talent, pride, courage and ability to endure. The San Francisco Track & Field Club will officially celebrate its 30-year anniversary in August 2012. Learn more at http://www.sftrackandfield.com/

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