This Sunday, The Armory New Balance Track & Field Center in Washington Heights (Manhattan) will once again host the Uptown Games as youth in the 1st through 8th grades will participate in various track & field events including sprints, relay races and field competitions. Additionally, adults will also display their skills and show age is not a limitation when they engage in the Super Senior shuttle race for athletes 60 and over.
The Halloween-themed afternoon is expected to attract more than 500 children from Washington Heights and surrounding communities. Students in grades 1-8 who live or attend school in Washington Heights, Inwood or Harlem are eligible to take part. Families can register at armory.nyc/uptown.
“We are delighted to once again host hundreds of our children from the community for a beautiful day of Halloween fun and track & field during the Uptown Games,” said Armory Foundation Co-President Rita Finkel. Congressmember Adriano Espaillat and New York State Assembly Member Carmen De La Rosa are two of the local elected officials scheduled to attend.
The Uptown Games were canceled in June of 2020 and June of last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic but returned last October. In the past it was held in June to cap The Armory’s track & field season. Conversely, this year it is kicking off the slate.
The Armory, located on 168th Street and Fort Washington Avenue, offers fitness and educational programs for youth and adults. Among them are the Armory College Prep for students in grades 5-12, as well as Seniors AIM High for older adults, a new initiative in partnership with Associates in Internal Medicine (AIM) from Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Seniors AIM High takes place on Tuesday mornings and features walking, jogging, stretching, dancing and Columbia doctors-led discussions about relevant health and longevity topics.