s Greater Framingham Running Club Summer Track
 
 


The Greater Framingham Running Club and
The City of Framingham Parks and Recreation Department are
happy to announce the return of our
Wednesday Night Family Track Meets!


2021 Wednesday Night Family Track Meets will begin Wednesday, June 16 and go every Wednesday until August 18. No track on July 7th due to the 4th of July holiday.

Registration & Fee
5:30-6:00 onsite, weekly
Fee $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. Parents of competitors under 18 years of age must sign the waiver of liability form that accompanies every registration. 


The meets begin at 6 p.m

 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 (approx.):
Softball Throw and Standing Broad Jump- Ages 4-13. (Age Groupings for these two events are 4&5, 6&7, 8&9, 10&11 and 12&13).  These events will occur depending on volunteer staffing.

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

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 division winners in the softball throw and standing broad jump and ribbons are awarded to all members of winning relay teams.


Inclement Weather: 

Meets may be cancelled due to inclement weather.  Track is still on in drizzle or light rain.  It will be cancelled for heavy rain and especially if there are thunderstorms.

A decision will be made by 4:00 PM.  Check the Framingham Parks and Rec website: www.FraminghamRec.com for updates; cancellations will show as a notification banner by 4 PM.

This being New England, weather can change quickly.  On occasion, we will not cancel by 4 PM only to cancel later during the meet.  One sighting of lightning or thunder and we are done for the night; safety first.


Officials: Volunteers from the Greater Framingham Running Club staff all events. The Framingham Parks and Recreation Department serves as a series co-sponsor - without their support we would not be able to hold the meets.
For more information, please call Arnie Pollinger, series co-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.  For this year only, to help with crowds, we are allowing parents and spectators to stand along both sides of the track (bleacher side and field side).  Standing in the "bench" area of the field is fine but please stay off the football field proper (in between the lines of the actual 'gridiron'). No dogs, bikes or strollers are allowed anywhere in the stadium or on the track.   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.  Please note the 8-minute time restriction for entering the one mile race.  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.




History.  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.
  



 
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