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Camel City Elite Ups Prize Purse for 2018 Meet

March 30, 2017

6th edition on Saturday, February 3 to offer more than $85,000 in prize money

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – JDL Fast Track has begun planning for the sixth edition of Camel City Elite, to be held on Saturday, February 3, 2018. Through its partnership with the Camel City Track Foundation, the 2018 Camel City Elite has raised the bar on prize money for its races to more than $85,000, with champion’s check increasing to $6000 from $4000. The goal is to have the highest first and second place prize money of any indoor track meet held in the United States in 2018 for the 800 meters, Mile and 3000m races.

Camel City Elite will invite 3-5 athletes in each event to compete alongside collegiate athletes with the following 8-deep prize money available: $6000, $4000, $2000, $1000, $750, $500, $400 and $300.

Camel City Elite 2018 changes include the following. First, the events will be limited to just the 800m, Mile and 3000m races for men and women. This eliminates the 60m hurdles races that were held as part of Camel City Elite in 2015-17. Second, Camel City Elite is eliminating appearance fees for the 2018 edition. Last, for the first time in its history, Camel City will allow the finish place of college athletes participating in Camel City Elite to displace the pros for prize money.

JDL Fast Track facility director Craig Longhurst explains the increase and the rationale for each of the changes: “These changes in our prize money structure will take us back to our original goal of Camel City Elite, which was to qualify individuals for the NCAA Indoor Championships using the flat track conversions. By increasing our prize money, we think it will grab the attention of elite athletes in the 800, Mile and 3000 meters races and garner more interest from the athletes.

Seeing that there are many elements that go into planning and budgeting for an event like this, our goal is also to be as transparent as possible with the athletes and agents. By earmarking all of the money for prize money and eliminating appearance fees, we feel we are achieving that goal while also making things easier on the budget side.”

The final change is the displacement by college or high school athletes in the fields. Longhurst explained: “We did a thorough review of results from the past editions of Camel City Elite when our prize money focused solely on the professional finishes. After that review, we feel that overall placement does matter and the money should respectfully be reserved for the true finish of each athlete.”

The Camel City Track Foundation will again be the primary fundraiser for Camel City Elite, which is also used to increase awareness for the sport of track & field and to encourage physical activity through track & field. Prize money will be raised through corporate sponsors as well as the popular Crowd Fund, whose supporters can contribute in exchange for exclusive VIP passes to the infield of the races as well as the post-race dinner with the elite athletes.

For more information about Camel City Elite or the Camel City Track Foundation, contact Craig Longhurst, or (336) 722-2033.

JDL Fast Track is a privately owned facility that is one of the premier indoor track & field venues in the Southeast. Opened in 2012, the facility houses a 200 meter oval track with a Mondotrack FTX surface — the same surface used at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. With a seating capacity of 1,700, ten HD televisions showing real-time field event results and five high definition projector screens for video playback, JDL Fast Track offers fans a unique track & field experience.

To-date, JDL Fast Track has hosted four national championships: 2014 NCAA Division II, 2015 NCAA Division III, 2015 USATF Masters Indoor and 2016 NJCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships. JDL Fast Track is scheduled to host the 2019 USATF Masters Indoor Championships.

In addition, the facility is home to the North Carolina indoor and absolute state Mile records set by the U.S. Olympians below.

3:54.02 Matthew Centrowitz (USA / OR), 2016
4:22.66 Shannon Rowbury (USA / OR), 2015

Tags: jdl fast track (27) , craig longhurst (14) , camel city track foundation (1) , camel city elite (18)

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