This year’s Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome International Track Classic will mark the annual event's 35th anniversary and to celebrate, will be held over two days for the first time. The expanded format of one of Canada’s premier track and field events will pit some of the country’s best athletes against one another and will be held in conjunction with Canada’s national sprint team taking on the fastest men and women from China in a unique Team Sprint Challenge.
The China-Canada Team Sprint Challenge will feature a ten-event dual meet between the two countries over the two days on the new state of the art surface at Swangard Stadium. The Team Sprint Challenge will actually be a meet within the regular Jerome meet, which will have 10 events on June 26 and 12 events on June 27. The team with the highest score will be awarded the Pacific World Cup.
“The high level of competition expected at this year’s event will be further elevated by the inclusion of Team China for the China-Canada Team Sprint Challenge. We are excited to have Team China attend this year’s event and I think the entire community will be energized by this unique competition format. It’s going to be something very special to see and I would encourage people from around the entire region to come out to the Harry Jerome International track meet.”
Both Glenroy Gilbert, Canada’s Head Coach, and Chinese officials in Beijing have said they hope to have tentative teams named by mid-April.
During its 35-year history, the Jerome Track Classic has seen many Olympic and World champions participate, and is Canada’s longest running track and field meet. These Olympic and World medalists include Donovan Bailey, Carl Lewis, Debbie Brill, Daley Thompson, Charmaine Crooks, Lynn Kanuka, John Walker, Ashton Eaton, Brianne Theisen-Eaton and Dylan Armstrong.
“We are thrilled that the Harry Jerome is returning to Burnaby bigger and better than ever,” said Jennifer Scott, Senior Manager, Sport Burnaby. “This International competition is a pillar in Burnaby’s annual hosting calendar with these incredible athletes staying, training and competing in our city.