Racers Grand Prix upgraded to Gold status

Jamaica’s Racers Grand Prix has been upgraded to Gold status by World Athletics for the 2020 World Athletics Continental Tour, which is slated to begin next May.

Racers Grand Prix was the brainchild of Glen Mills.

The Racers Grand Prix, which was established in 2016 and was the brainchild of Glen Mills, president of Racers Track Club – the home of Usain Bolt at the time — has established itself as one of the best track and field meetings in the Western Hemisphere.

World Athletics, the world governing body, announced details of the 2020 World Athletics Continental Tour, a series of the world’s best one-day meetings outside the rich Diamond League.

“We are very excited and pleased that the world body has recognised the type of meet that we have been putting on.”

— Mills

The Continental Tour will be divided into three levels – Gold, Silver and Bronze – whose status will be determined by the quality of competition and prize money on offer.

Excited and pleased

World Athletics is investing in the Gold level meetings to increase the number of high-quality competitive opportunities available to showcase our sport’s best athletes.

Jamaica’s Racers Grand Prix is scheduled for Saturday, June 13, at the National Stadium, and Mills, who is also chairman of the organising committee, was ecstatic to be recognised by World Athletics.

“We are very excited and pleased that the world body has recognised the type of meet that we have been putting on, which has been of the highest quality,” said Mills.

Usain Bolt was honoured at the Racers Grand Prix during the second staging of the event.

Pulling power

At the second staging of the Racers Grand Prix, dubbed ‘Salute to a Legend’ which was a tribute to Bolt, not many meets had the pulling power to have three other world record holders at the same time in Bolt (100m, 200m), South African Wayde van Niekerk (400m) and Kenyan David Rudisha (800m), plus Olympic champions Mo Farah (5000m, 10,000m) and Christian Taylor (Triple jump).

“For them to include us in such a prestigious series is an acknowledgement of what we have been able to achieve over the four years of staging this meet,” said Mills.

Host broadcasters have been appointed for each meeting, and Infront, the tour’s international TV rights holder, will sell the rights into markets around the world, broadening the reach and appeal of the meet.