Memorial Day Weekend is going to be quite exciting and entertaining in Atlanta, Georgia. Many people know about the Penn Races, however the Atlanta Georgia Relays is planning to make a big statement by dominating the track and field arena by connecting with the international sports community.
Atlanta Georgia Relays International Meet is an annual track and field event that combines world-class events with a meet suitable for people of all ages and athletic abilities. Our aim is to create a program that cultivates discipline and pride. Our meet differs from others because we display youth, masters, and pros creating an environment the whole family can be a part of!
This year the Olympic qualifying meet will take place at Langston Hughes High School Stadium on May 28th & 29th.
Maurice Smith, a Jamaican Olympian who won a silver medal in the decathlon at the 2007 IAAF World Championships in Osaka, Japan, told the Jamaica Observer their efforts have grown into an international track and field event.
“With Atlanta being home to some of the most influential teams in sports, as well as the 1996 Olympics, we felt it was time for an international track and field meet that could be held annually and that the city can be proud of. With the growing support of the city of Atlanta, we hope to create an event that can last for years to come,” said Smith.
“I believe what we are building here is an event that is cost-efficient for Jamaican schools. We have staff members who assist with researching and working with the local hospitality services to keep costs low: accommodation, food, transportation,” explained Smith, Jamaica’s decathlon national record holder with 8,644 points.
“We thought of the cost of flights and even lowered our registration fee to make it affordable. We have created a platform where new athletes can really shine, and showcase their talent in an arena where we can guarantee the best athletes in the south tremendous attention from other international countries who are ready to compete,” he noted.
The Relays has support from teams around the nation, including the Caribbean.
Check us out in the Jamaica Observer! Atlanta Georgia Relays Hopes to Attract More Jamaican Schools. http://ow.ly/XbWA6
Featuring Calabar High School, one of the many schools to participate in this year: https://www.facebook.com/reggae.vibesradio.7/videos/798396523605825/?pnref=story
Founder: Keith Murray
Co Founder: Taneisha Lewis-Murray
Partners: Maurice Smith, Sheldon Smith