National Track League announces LIVE coverage of series on FloTrack

National Track League announces LIVE coverage of series on FloTrack
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April 10, 2012

 
Ottawa - The National Track League (NTL) is very excited to announce today that the entire 2012 series will be carried live on FloTrack.  The 2012 NTL series will begin in Vancouver on June 10 and make stops in Victoria (June 13), Edmonton (June 16), Moncton (July 5), Halifax (July 8) and conclude in Toronto on July 11.  By overlapping the Olympic/Paralympic Track & Field Trials (June 27-30), NTL 2012 will provide athletes with three great standard opportunities followed by three opportunities to sharpen performances leading into the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
  
FloTrack will cover each NTL competition LIVE and include pre-interviews, post interviews and archived race footage on a specially designed landing page at www.FloTrack.org.   Mark Floreani, FloTrack Co-Founder and CMO, "Flotrack is very excited and honored to be part of the 2012 National Track League.  We love to partner with innovators who are passionate about the sport of track and the NTL is moving the sport in the right direction with six great events.  We encourage athletes from around the world to take a look at the NTL and compete at their events.  All events will be streamed live and archived on Flotrack, we can't wait for the races to begin on June 10th in Vancouver."
 
The first edition of the NTL in 2011 crowned ten champions and provided close to $300,000 in overall prize money.  The series saw 26 World Championship standards, 46 personal bests, 70 seasonal bests and one new Canadian record.  The series offers Canadian athletes an opportunity to compete against elite international competition at home, while also providing breakthrough opportunities for young up and coming athletes.  “The NTL played a huge role in getting me prepared for the 2011 World Championships giving me the opportunity to race against many top ranked athletes.  The opportunity enabled me to set a personal best in Halifax and catapulted my confidence heading into the World Championships, and for the remainder of my season,” said Canadian hurdling star Phylicia George.  The seventh place finisher at the World Championships adds, “I am very happy for the experience and am looking forward to 2012, it’s a big year with the Olympics around the corner and we are fortunate to now have such a great series at home.    
 
The 2012 series has already confirmed the participation of Jamaican sprint sensation Yohan Blake who will race the 100-metres in Edmonton at the Donovan Bailey Invitational.  Blake will attempt to be the first man to run under ten seconds on Canadian soil since Maurice Greene, Bernard Williams, Ato Boldon, Dwain Chambers and Mark Lewis-Francis completed the feat at the 2001 World Championships.  Blake, who has a personal best of 9.82 seconds, is the youngest 100-metres World Champion in history.  Last year he ran more races under 10 seconds than any other sprinter on the planet.
 
Kamloops native Dylan Armstrong has also confirmed his participation in the 2012 series.  “It’s always great to throw at home; this will be an important part of my Olympic preparation.”  Armstrong captured silver at the 2011 World Championships in the shot put, won gold at the Pan American Games setting a new Games record along the way and finished the season as the number one ranked shot putter in the world.  
 
In the coming weeks the NTL will announce the participation of other international and Canadian track and field stars.  For more information on the NTL visit www.nationaltrackleague.ca.
  
2012 National Track League
Event
Location
Date
Start time*
Harry Jerome International
Vancouver, B.C.
June 10
13:45
Victoria International
Victoria, B.C.
June 13
18:00
Donovan Bailey Invitational
Edmonton, Alta.
June 16
13:30
Hub City Classic
Moncton, N.B.
July 5
18:30
Aileen Meagher
Halifax, N.S.
July 8
18:30
Toronto International Track + Field Games
Toronto, Ont.
July 11
18:00
*local time
 
About the National Track League
 
Modeled after the IAAF’s Diamond League, the NTL delivers a coherent and sustainable grand prix series of high performance competitions.  The NTL was created to serve three core pillars of Athletics Canada’s strategic plan; athlete development, deliver strong competitive opportunities on home soil and enhance athletics in Canada resources. 
 
-NTL-

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