Race directors are struggling to compete with other venues across the country.
Several years ago, California’s state capital, Sacramento, was the place to go for elite track meets.
Back in 2000 and then again in 2004, the city hosted the U.S. Track and Field Olympic Trials. It’s also held four NCAA Championships in the past 10 years.
But according to the SacBee website, the glory days of Sacramento track meets appear to be gone.
The 54th annual Golden West Invitational kicked off this week, but it’s been struggling to maintain sponsorship.
“We definitely need to re-energize things,” commented race director Jerry Colman. “The competition has gotten a lot more intense.”