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JUL 2018

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Page 10 of 59 July 2018 11 American cyclists," said Derek Bouchard-Hall, president and CEO of USA Cycling. As the development director, Johnson will lead USA Cycling Foundation's efforts to engage new potential donors and share USA Cycling's vision for the growing sport. During his 18 years as a professional cyclist, Johnson competed for Team USA in 13 UCI Cyclocross World Cham- pionships – earning a bronze in the U23 event in 1999 – and in two races for the UCI Road World Championships in 2002 and 2003. He was also a six-time U.S. National Cyclocross Champion and won Australia's Herald Sun Tour on the road in 2003. After retiring in 2015, Johnson served as an ambassa- dor for multiple leading cycling brands, led fundraising and awareness rides, and served as a broadcast analyst for Tour of Utah, JingleCross World Cup and USA Cycling's National Cyclocross Championships. For more information, visit foundation. Ron Sertz Steps Down at Erie Sports Commission ERIE, Pa. — The Erie Sports Commission (ESC) announced that Ron Sertz, the organiza- tion's first and only executive director, will step down from his position. Mark Jeanneret will assume the executive director position. Sertz will continue to serve ESC as a consultant. "Mark has worked for me for many years, both at the Sports Commission and previously as my communication and media director with the Erie Otters," said Sertz. "I've always admired his hard work, dedication and talents. I hired him five years ago at the ESC with the special intent of training him in the operations and management of the sports commission, in order that he could eventually serve in the lead role. I feel he is ready and the time is ripe for a smooth transition. I know he'll do a great job, and I plan to assist him in any way I can as a consultant in order to take the sports commission to even greater heights." For more information, visit www.eriesportscommission. com. Events US Trail Running Confer- ence Slated for August 29-31 in San Luis Obispo ESTES PARK, Colo. — The sixth annual US Trail Running Conference will be held Aug. 29 – 31 in San Luis Obispo, Calif., the first time the event has taken place outside of Estes Park since its inception. The City of San Luis Obispo (SLO), partnering with Race SLO and the SLO Ultra, will cover topics dedicated to trail running, including interactive sessions covering specific subjects regarding holding successful, viable races that are also kind to the environ- ment. Also, speaker panels will feature top guest race directors and experts. A full expo of vendors and service providers will also be on hand. The conference will feature fundraising initiatives for American Trail Running Association. For more information, visit www.ustrailrunning ► t SPORTS Talk PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. — The official groundbreaking of the $37 million Panama City Beach Sports Complex took place in June. The complex is slated to open its first phase in May 2019. A ceremony – welcoming more than 100 attend- ees with remarks by representatives from Visit Panama City Beach, Bay County Tourism Development Council (TDC), The St. Joe Company, Bay District Schools and Bay County Commission – marked the milestone. As a special moment kicking off the event, a sign naming the park entrance road as Chip Seal Parkway was presented to the late Visit Panama City Beach executive's wife, Amy Seal, by TDC Vice Chair Buddy Wilkes and members of the staff. "This is an important milestone for Panama City Beach, breaking ground on the new sports park, and I am glad we can honor our late colleague Chip Seal, who had a passion and enthusiasm for our destination that we carry on every day," said Visit Panama City Beach President and CEO Dan Rowe. "Now we look forward to soon welcoming many more athletes from across the country competing and enjoying all that Panama City Beach has to offer." The Panama City Beach Sports Complex is located on 210 acres on the east end of Panama City Beach within the Breakfast Point development and will consist of an outdoor field complex, an indoor sports center and a new elementary school. The combination of high-quality visitor amenities, state- of-the-art amateur athletic facilities and creative site design will set a new standard for sports complexes throughout the coun- try. Phase One will include 13 rectangular fields, including nine with artificial surfaces, and two stadiums seating up to 1,500 spectators. The flexible design will allow for soccer, lacrosse, rugby, football, as well as baseball and softball. Sports Facilities Management, located in Clearwater, Fla., has been chosen to take charge of operating the new facilities. A study by the company projects an economic impact of $23.2 million for the first year, with 81,611 non-summer visitors as the contributors to 60,000 room nights. Phase One could also create between 100 to 150 additional jobs for the area. For more information, visit www.visitpanamacitybeach. com. n Panama City Beach Sports Park and Stadium Complex Breaks Ground

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