One thing is for sure in the world of Track and Field. We are not very popular in America. Most people don’t even know that we compete outside of the Olympic year. Most of our fans exist in another country where we can seldom get the opportunity to interact with them. It is a mystery to me how to solve this sad state of affairs. That the country that produces the best Track and Field athletes in the entire world gets the least amount of support from their home country. Paul Doyle is one of many people who has worked tirelessly to change this. And so ladies and gentlemen, the American Track League was born. A series of meets hosted in America throughout different states. There has been much talk about the new “Track League” especially in light of the NCAA’s attempts to eliminate the ability for post - collegiates to compete at college meets.
I was honored to participate in the American Track League for the very first time this summer in Houston on June 7th. The atmosphere was so free. I felt like I was in high school again. There were so many people there supporting all of us, screaming our names, watching from both the in field and the stands a like. I signed so many autographs and took so many pictures I was dizzy by the end of the night. But it was a high like no other. It reminded me that this is why I do Track and Field. For those summer nights when the stadium lights come on, the air is thick with humidity, and little kids are everywhere being inspired by you. Not to my surprise I jumped a season’s best that day and walked away feeling so revived. It proved to me that the American Track and Field problem does not lie within a lack of Track and Field fans, rather in our inability to cater to our fans in an effective manner. I believe the American Track League is a needed step in the right direction for our sport. I cannot wait to be apart of the next experience.