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17 October 2023 • Track and Field

Summer track and field event grid

Rosie Elliott sets a New Zealand 200m record at the ITM in Christchurch last year. The ITM is one of five World Tour events in New Zealand next year. Credit: (Alisha Lovrich).

Athletes and coaches will better be able to map out the summer season as we unveil the full event grid for our 2023-24 summer season of athletics. The three-month long domestic season – which features five World Tour events and an additional four National Permit meets – is kick started with the popular Bays Night of 5s on Saturday 16 December at AUT Millennium, Auckland.

The two most high profile domestic one-day meets during the 2023-24 track and field campaign – the ITM in Christchurch on Saturday 24 February and the Sir Graeme Douglas International presented by Harcourts Cooper & Co at Douglas Track & Field in West Auckland on Sunday 10 March – carry World Continental Tour bronze status.

The Potts Classic 25th Anniversary Meet on Saturday 20 January will feature the New Zealand U20 mile championships with the PAK’nSAVE Cooks Classic seven days later in Whanganui highlighted by the New Zealand senior mile championships – which last year witnessed Sam Tanner securing the men’s crown and Rebekah Greene posting a New Zealand resident record time en route to the women’s title.

The New Zealand senior 3000m titles will be on the line at the Team Ledger Harcourts Capital Classic 20th Anniversary meet on Friday 2 February with the New Zealand U20 3000m Championship events up for grabs at the Porritt Classic, Hamilton on Saturday 10 February.  Both Porritt Stadium in Hamilton and Aorangi Park in Timaru – which hosts the Lovelock Classic on Saturday 6 January – will boast brand new freshly laid track surfaces.

A mouthwatering summer of athletics climaxes with the 2024 Jennian Homes New Zealand Track & Field Championships at Newtown Park, Wellington (14-17 March). We will release the provisional event timetable before the end of the month. All those planning to attend the event are encouraged to book their accommodation early. Homegrown – a big music festival – takes place in the capital on Saturday 16 March.

Athletics NZ Competition Manager Jason Cameron said: “We are delighted to be able to reveal our full event grid for the summer track and field season. We know this offers real clarity to athletes and coaches around their competition plans and we have so much to look forward to for what I’m sure will be a memorable track and field campaign in the countdown to the 2024 Paris Olympic and Paralympic Games.”

Read the full event grid for key New Zealand events here