Founded in 1999 by Susan Waterfall, CityTrack offers a high-quality track and field program to inner-city students in Harlem and Washington Heights. In our 2015-2016 season we had 225 student-athletes from 7 different schools or clubs.
Schools – both public and parochial - that serve children grades 3rd through 8th in the Harlem or Washington Heights neighborhoods are eligible to participate, with a maximum of thirty children per school. Chaperones from each school accompany the runners to and from practice. Students learn basic running drills and track events, from the long jump to hurdles to the 100-meter dash. Experienced coaches lend their expertise and guide the student athletes in learning the basics and challenging themselves to excel.
By partnering with the Armory Foundation to administer the CityTrack program, our coaches and runners are able to utilize the Armory’s resources in unprecedented ways. Not only do CityTrack athletes have get to practice in a world-famous facility, they have the chance to see world-class athletes perform around them!
Over 250 Rio Olympians have competed at The Armory. The track currently hosts over 100 meets annually, with between 500 and 5,000 competitors per meet. Last year, more than 125,000 athletes, coaches, parents and fans from 1,000 high schools and 36 states visited the Armory.
2018 PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS & ORGANIZATIONS
Incarnation, St. Charles Borromeo, YM & YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood, Team Dreamers, Police Athletic League, St. Mark School, M.S. 319, Community Health Academy of the Heights, PS/M.S. 278, M.S. 328, Uptown Dreamers.