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Every Wednesday June 7th - August 16th (No track July 5th) - 5:30 Registration
at Bowditch Field
475 Union Avenue, Framingham, MA
$1 entry fee per person per night
ALL AGES WELCOME!!


GFRC Summer Track Series - A 37 Year Tradition
 

The GFRC Summer Track series boasts a long history as the premier low-key, high-energy all-comers summer track series in the western suburbs of Boston. The series, which has always been held in Framingham and most frequently at Bowditch Field, was initially conceived in 1980 as an event to help serious adult road runners and track devotees hone their fast twitch muscle fibers through sprint events and shorter distance runs, over the course of a ten-week series of meets.  

Over the years, the focus of the meets has shifted from serving as an adult athlete-dominated spectacle to providing an outlet on a weekly basis for more than 200 kids, some as young as two years old, to enjoy the flavor of competition without the demands or pressure of a highly structured athletic competition. While most participants now are of teen age or younger, this all-comers series welcomes participants of all ages and talent including masters track athletes from all over New England. Parents of competitors under 18 years of age must sign the waiver of liability form that accompanies every registration.  

Due to the construction at the Bowditch Track, a few meets will be held at the Framingham State Track on Maple Street. See dates below:

1. June 7                                                          6. July 19

2. June 14                                                        7. July 26

3. June 21 (Framingham State)                       8. August 2

4. June 28 (Framingham State)                       9. August 9

5. July 12 (Framingham State)                     10. August 16

 

The meets begin at 6 p.m., with registration opening around 5:30 p.m. Registration Fee is $1.00 per week.  The $1 registration fee entitles participants to compete in as many events as he or she desires that evening.  A season pass may be purchased for $8.00 the first or second week.

 Order of events & Age Limits

1.      50 Meter- All ages

2.   100 Meter- All ages

3.   1 Mile - 8:00 minutes or faster only please

4.   200 Meter- All ages               

5.      800 Meter- All ages

6.      400 Meter- All ages

7.      Relay 4x 100 ( time permitting) – All ages

 From 6:15- 7:00: Softball Throw and Standing Broad Jump- Ages 4-13

.(Age Groupings are 4 & 5, 6 & 7, 10 & 11 and 12 & 13)

. All events, whenever practicable, are staged in age-graded and often gender-segregated heats. This system facilitates organization of the simplest and often fairest competition among the hundreds of competitors.  

Volunteers from the Greater Framingham Running Club staff all events. Arnie Pollinger serves as the meet director. Due to staffing and time constraints, only first place finish times are recorded for each heat.   (Blue, red or yellow ribbons are awarded to the first three finishers in every running heat as well as to the age-graded division winners in the softball throw and standing broad jump and blue ribbons are awarded to all members of winning relay teams. The Framingham Parks and Recreation Department serves as a series co-sponsor - without their support we would not be able to hold the meets.

Meets may be cancelled due to inclement weather.  Call the Parks and Recreation after 4:00 P.M. at 508-532-5962 for cancellation notices. For more information, please call Arnie Pollinger, series director, at 508-517-5818

  
Basic Rules for Competitors and Spectators

  1. The primary goal is for all athletes to have fun while acquiring or perfecting their running skills.  Winning is not everything.  Good sportsmanship is a must.
  2. All runners must run “unassisted”.  Parents or guardians may accompany a toddler down the track, but the child must “run” on their own.
  3. For safety reasons and “track etiquette” only runners are allowed on the track and only during the event which they are competing.  All spectators and other runners must remain in the stadium stands. No Dogs or bikes are allowed on the track or football field.  Your cooperation is needed to keep everyone off the field.  Failure to adhere to these restrictions could result in the cancellation of the Summer Track Meets.
  4. All runners are responsible for listening to the race officials and following instructions for each event.
  5. The safety of all runners is important.  Please do not allow your children to compete in events that are too long or difficult for them.  In the event of injury, a first aid kit is available at the registration table.
  6. All Race Officials are non-paid volunteers.  The meets could not take place without their assistance.  Judges decisions are final.

 
Thank you for helping us make this a fun, healthy activity for you and your children. 

 
Greater Framingham Running Club