Thousands compete in National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships in Greensboro

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Approximately 8,500 young athletes, ages 7 to 18, from California to Maine are competing in several track and fields sports for a national title at the 2013 USA Track and Field Junior Olympics at NC A&T’s Irwin Belk Track.

President of the Greensboro Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Henri Fourrier said this year’s event has already broken attendance records in youth sporting events.

The event, which takes place Monday through Sunday (July 22-28) this week, brings about $22 million to area.

Sales director Ann Allen with the downtown Greensboro Marriott said their rooms have been booked all week.

In addition to the economic impact, the city officials hope those who are visiting Greensboro for the first time, will want to make another trip sometime in the near future.

Jackie Gibson-Burrow and daughter Lisa-Anne from Maryland have been staying in Greensboro all week, and are already planning their return trip.

“We didn’t get to see much of Greensboro. We just get to see the hotel and the track, but we’re hoping to come back and visit the colleges in the area,” Gibson-Burrow said.