Starting July 25, the best runners in the country are battling it out for the chance to rep Team USA.
For many runners, late July is too hot and steamy to even think about racing hard. But for the best pro runners in the country, this time of year calls for some seriously fast splits at the Drake University stadium in Des Moines, Iowa. Starting July 25 through July 28, top track and field athletes will compete at the 2019 USATF Track and Field National Championships for a chance to win national titles and the opportunity to represent Team USA at the World Championships in Doha, Qatar, later this year. (The top three finishers in each event will be named to the world championships team for the U.S.)
This year’s meet is full of stacked events, with top distance runners such as Jenny Simpson and Molly Huddle going head-to-head against strong competitors like Shelby Houlihan and Emily Sisson. You’ll also want to keep an eye on speedsters like sprinter Noah Lyles and 400-meter hurdler Sydney McLaughlin, who will try to keep up their winning ways from the summer. Here, we’ve gathered a few of the people and races you don’t want to miss, plus information on how to watch the meet.
How to Watch: NBC, NBC Sports, and NBC Sports Gold are all airing the meet. You can find what times NBC is broadcasting the meet here. For more extensive coverage, you can live-stream the meet on NBC Sports Gold, which charges viewers $65 for a track and field pass subscription. Not only would you get access to the entire U.S. championship, but you’d be able to watch the World Championships in Doha, which start on September 27, and major marathons like Chicago and Berlin.
Of course, no matter how you watch the action you’ll want to stay tuned to Runner’s World for live updates and coverage throughout the weekend.