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SB Track Club Celebrating Olympian Barbara Nwaba With Community Event

UCSB alum and Santa Barbara Track Club member Barbara Nwaba is headed to the Olympic Games. Click to view larger
UCSB alum and Santa Barbara Track Club member Barbara Nwaba is headed to the Olympic Games. (David Monico photo)

The Santa Barbara Track Club is hosting a community event on Saturday to support and celebrate U.S. Olympian Barbara Nwaba, who will be competing in the heptathlon at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Nwaba, a UCSB alum, is the club's first Olympic qualifier. She won the heptathlon title at the USA Olympic Track & Field Trials in Eugene, Ore.

To celebrate her achievement, the SBTC on Saturday, July 23 is staging the "Pathway of the Podium" at Westmont College at 9:30 a.m. The event will include an obstacle course, 800-meter time trial and a friends & family 4x400 relay. The activities are open to all ages. Entry fee is $10 per event, or families can purchase a pack of three tickets for $16.

If supporters cannot make the event but would like to support the Santa Barbara Track Club’s trip to the 2016 Olympic Games, you can look into the following options:

T-Shirt Campaign –
Santa Barbara Track Club online donations -

Here is a description of the events planned for Saturday:

Pathway to the Podium Obstacle Course (1 Ticket): You’ll be racing through the rain forest, crawling under barriers, sprinting around the trees, hitting targets on the road to your destination – The Rio Olympics Games. Action begins at 9:30 a.m.

800m Time Trial (1 Ticket): Race the 800m in our community race around the track. Barbara Nwaba has a personal best in the 800m of 2:07 and to punch her ticket to the Rio Olympic Games, she clocked a 2:11!. Can you beat her time? Races begin at 10 a.m.

Friends & Family 4x400m (1 Ticket): We’ll supply the relay baton – you supply the team! Pick your order and get the squad warmed up by 10:10. The race begins at 10:15. One lap per team member; if you only have three, someone can run twice.

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