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International track and field registration now open

Sacramento will be hosting the 2011 World Masters Athletic Championships, and registration is now open.

The worldwide event draws track-and-field athletes from about 80 countries every two years and is rarely held in the United States, with the last time being 16 years ago, according to Bob Burns, spokesman for the Sacramento Sports Commission.

“It’ll mean quite a bit of business here locally,” he said, explaining that most of the estimated 5,000 athletes and their families will be staying in the area for at least a week, as the event is held from July 6-17.

The biannual event is open to everyone 35 and older, and Burns said there is usually at least one athlete 100 years or older.

Registration costs are available at the event’s website, but Burns said the average cost per athlete is about $125.

So, why Sacramento?

“There are probably three factors we had,” Burns said. “We’re in California, and that’s attractive. We’ve put on the Olympic trials, and our group knows how to put on a complicated, multi-day event, and we have good facilities.”

The facilities include Sacramento City College’s Hughes Stadium. American River College’s Beaver Stadium and Sacramento State’s Hornet Stadium, where more than 80 percent of the events will be held.

To register for the event, click here.

Brandon Darnell is a staff reporter for The Sacramento Press.

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