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The new Track & Field Basics Clinics at Gately Park start on August 7.
The new Track & Field Basics Clinics at Gately Park start on August 7.
Photo: Chicago Park District

Clinics run for 4-weeks, starting August 7

The Chicago Park District in partnership Windy City Run announces the launch of two new Track & Field Basics Clinics at Gately Park. The 4- week, 90-minute sessions start on August 7 and run through August 28 at the newly opened, state of the art Track and Field at Gately Park, 10201 S. Cottage Grove Avenue, in the Pullman community. In addition to connecting youth with leaders in the sport, the clinics will support and develop Chicago’s aspiring track and field athletes. 

“The clinics are the next step in fostering Chicago’s emerging track and field talent,” said Chicago Park District General Superintendent and CEO Michael Kelly. “This partnership with Windy City Run will provide young athletes with access to the best athletes in the game, and bolster their track and field scholarship opportunities.”

The Saturday morning sessions, offered by age group for 6 to 10 year olds and 11 to 14 year olds, will focus on setting the foundation for young athletes through a program designed for general conditioning and biomotor training. The lessons learned during the weekly sessions aim to provide the young athletes with a glimpse into the type of training that is required to develop and compete in the sport. Each weekly session will focus on a different element of track and field, including running form and the history of the sport.  Each group will have age-appropriate activities focused on the weekly lessons. 

“Our vision was to always find a way to use to the sport as a means of guiding Chicago youth. As a former track & field athlete and enthusiast, I was beyond thrilled to be a part of the project. During the planning stages, I made a promise to Dr. Conrad that I would continue to support his vision for Chicago Track & Field and to bring this program to life. It was with those factors, along with others, that made it natural for BOWA to partner with the Park District on these initiatives. “, said Bowa Construction President and CEO Nosa Ehimwenman. Nosa was a Big Ten All-American track &field athlete from The Ohio State University where he achieved Olympic ‘B' qualification and won the Big Ten Championship in the triple jump.

These clinics offer Chicago area participants an opportunity to get familiar with the basics of all the track and field events. Participants will practice each event in a series of drills focused on developing technique with guidance from former collegiate and award-winning track and field athletes. In the session for 11 to 14 year old participants, trainers will provide insight into the skills necessary to become a NCAA student-athlete. 

Interested participants must register at https://bit.ly/TracknFieldClinicsGately

The Indoor Track and Field at Gately Park is a 140,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility that offers the only hydraulically banked indoor track in Illinois and allows Chicago to compete with similar major markets, such as New York City and Boston, to host championship events. Additionally, the Indoor Track and Field includes a 4,000-square foot warm-up area, eight sprint lanes, two long and triple jump runways and pits, two pole-vault runways, a high jump area, throws cage, and a seating capacity of 3,500.