Sunday marks the last day you can catch thousands of athletes from across the country compete at the 91st annual Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays.
Expect to see everything from the 100-meter dash to long jump to pole vaulting at the Mike A. Myers Track and Soccer Stadium located at 707 Clyde Littlefield Dr.
It’s a weekend filled with competition. And, for some, the trek to the field was an easy one.
“Not a bad trip at all,” said James Williams, who drove in from West Texas.
“It took us a little over an hour,” said Becky Dixon, who traveled from Llano to support her son.
“About two and half hours,” said Angela Williams, a college track coach at Prairie View A&M University.
“Thirty minutes,” stated a group of teenage boys who traveled in from McNeil High School in Round Rock.
However, it didn’t pan out the same for others.
“It took us hours,” said one young man traveling from New Orleans, Louisiana. “Hours, nine hours.”
For a group of runners from South Carolina’s Clemson University, “It was a long flight, a long trip,” they said.
“We drove to Atlanta which took an hour,” said a young track star from Georgia. “And, then we caught the plane.”
The Texas Relays represents an international event with 7,011 athletes from 35 states and 21 countries, consisting of 712 high school teams and 195 college/university teams there are additional people in town supporting, cheering and simply spectating.
“The annual economic impact is $30 million for the Texas Relays,” said Drew Scheberle with the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce.
He says visitors contribute to various things across the city. “It’s a big chunk and those are the kinds of things that help pay hotel/motel taxes and helps us keep our restaurants in business,” he said.
It’s something Williams agrees with. He says he spends money on “hotels, feeding the kids, you know that.”
Which leaves him questioning, “Who do I get a refund from?” he said laughing.
The finals kick off Sunday at 8:15 a.m.