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. 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.
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