Every summer the Cumberland Valley Athletic Club puts on the Pete Wright Memorial Track & Field Series. This is a way to introduce track and field to kids and to honor Pete Wright.
On Tuesday, the Boonsboro High School track was filled with people of all ages competing in track and field events. Ryan Rasco comes every year and says he loves seeing the youth be active.
“Everyone’s sort of on their phone electronically. And it’s really cool to see people getting outside and pursuing something and being recreational,” said Rasco, a participant.
Tuesday was the kickoff event for the summer. Every other Tuesday for the next ten weeks kids of all ages are able to run free of charge.
“Through some sponsorships, through structural elements, they can make it possible for us to not charge any entry fees, so kids can come out and learn the sport. I have collegiate all American athletes.
I have elite level coaches that officiate these things,” said Mike Spinnler, founder of the track series.
The children were able to compete in everything from the long jump to different relay races. The event is held every year to honor the late Pete Wright, who was an athlete in the 1970s and a track official later on.
“He passed away right before the meets started for our fourth year in 2002, and we decided to rename the meets after him, put his name on there to honor him,” said Spinnler.
One participant had a message for everyone interested in competing in the track & field series.
“It’s all about work ethic. You got to have good work ethic cause that’s going to be the driving force to push you in life and in sports,” said Matthew Frushour, a participant.