FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
NYC PARKS’ OCEAN BREEZE ATHLETIC COMPLEX SET TO HOST ITS FIRST GRAND PRIX EVENT
The Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex and USA Track & Field New York is pleased to announce that the inaugural Ocean Breeze Grand Prix is set for February 18, 2017 at 6 p.m. The event will bring some of the world's best track and field athletes to Staten Island, including 15 Olympians and some local fan favorites.
With a prize purse of over $30,000, the Ocean Breeze Grand Prix will feature elite events for both men and women including:
- 60m Dash
- 60m Hurdles
- 300m Dash
- 600m Dash
- 1000m Dash
- 1 Mile Run
- High Jump
In addition, the schedule will also feature the historically charged CHSAA George T. Eastment Boys 4 X 800m Relay. George T. Eastment was an outstanding coach at Manhattan College and Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School. The annual relay has been held every year since 1945 and each year the winner is awarded with the memorial rotating trophy, presented by the Manhattan College Alumni Spiked Shoe Club.
This year's relay will include local hometown pre-meet favorite, St. Peter's High School. St. Peter's posted the fastest time in the country at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex early last month. They’re attempting recapture the trophy and bring it back to Staten Island for the first time since they last won in 1998 at Madison Square Garden.
Highlighting the event is the 55 meter dash where Staten Island youth athletes ages 8 and under will compete for the title of "Fastest Boy" and "Fastest Girl" on Staten Island.
Tickets for the Grand Prix are currently available for purchase online.
About NYC Parks’ Ocean Breeze Track & Field Athletic Complex
The $118 million NYC Parks’ Ocean Breeze Track & Field Athletic Complex was funded by the New York City PlaNYC initiative, with construction managed in coordination with the New York City Department of Design and Construction (DDC). The facility is a premier destination for athletic events, drawing competitors from around the country. The elite-level hydraulically-banked competition track will be able to be converted from eight to six lanes, can incline up to 4.5 feet, and will have commanding views of the nearby Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and even the Freedom Tower in lower Manhattan. The facility is outfitted with state of the art field event areas, timing systems, and a warm-up area that will feature fitness and cardio rooms and a covered parking to accommodate 160 cars.