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Miami-Dade Parks hosts USATF 'RunJumpThrow Day' featuring Olympic gold medalist and world champion Justin Gatlin

MIAMI (February 09, 2018)

Wannabe Olympians or just your average athlete, ages 18 and younger, are invited to don their running shoes and participate in the USA Track & Field RunJumpThrow (RJT), event on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at Tropical Park Stadium, 7900 SW 40 Street, Miami, FL from 9 am to 2 pm. This hands-on learning program gets kids excited about physical activity by introducing them to basic running, jumping, and throwing skills. World Champion sprinter and Olympic gold medalist Justin Gatlin will appear to offer special tips and techniques on getting started or improving your sport.

The RJT plan offers a selection of 20 learning stations for participants to choose from, including dynamic warm-up, running form and technique, standing broad jump, softball throw and one-legged hop. The program culminates with a non-competitive track meet where kids can apply the new skills they learned and celebrate their achievements.

The event is free. All participants will receive prizes and giveaways. For more information, visit http://runjumpthrow.usatf.org or contact Chris Evans at 305-755-7885 or ChrisEv@MiamiDade.gov.

About Miami-Dade Parks

Miami-Dade Parks is the third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of 270 parks and 13,573 acres of land. It is one of the most unique park and recreation systems in the world. The non-profit Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade supports Miami-Dade Parks’ efforts to further develop Miami-Dade County’s world-class parks system for residents and visitors.

USA Track & Field

USA Track & Field (USATF) is the National Governing Body for track and field, long-distance running and race walking in the United States. USATF encompasses the world's oldest organized sports, some of the most-watched events of Olympic broadcasts, the country’s No. 1 high school and junior high school participatory sport and more than 30 million adult runners in the United States. For more information on USATF, visit usatf.org.

About USATF Youth

USA Track and Field’s (USATF) grassroots outreach efforts shape the next generation of champions and maintain our status as the World’s No. 1 Track and Field Team. These efforts include USATF Hershey Youth Indoor Championships, USATF Hershey National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships, USATF Youth Outdoor Track & Field Championships, and USATF National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships. These championships garner participation from over 20,000 athletes ages 7-18 annually. Learn More about USA Track & Field Youth events at usatf.org

About RunJumpThrow

A collaboration between USATF and The Hershey Company, RunJumpThrow (RJT) is a hands-on program that gets kids excited about physical activity by introducing them to basic running, jumping and throwing skills through track and field. It provides children ages a fun chance to learn and practice these skills, which are the foundations of track and field nearly every other sport

About Justin Gatlin

Justin Gatlin is one of Team USATF’s most successful modern athletes, boasting both Olympic and World Championships gold medals. The four-time Olympic medalist won six NCAA titles in just two collegiate seasons for the University of Tennessee before turning professional. Since then, Gatlin has had a storied career as a prolific athlete. He remains committed to giving back to youth through his Justin Gatlin Foundation and by supporting USATF and The Hershey Company’s RunJumpThrow program. The 2004 Olympic gold medalist at 100 meters, Gatlin in 2005 became only the second man in history to sweep the 100m and 200m world titles, and his winning margin of 0.17 seconds in the 100m was the biggest in world championship history. Gatlin remained unbeaten in the 200m from May 18, 2013, to July 7, 2016. He most recently highlighted his 2017 season with a stunning World Championships win against Usain Bolt in the 100m.