Honoring Americans making important contributions to Track and Field history is the primary aim of National Track and Field Hall of Fame. Historic items are displayed such as shorts and shoes worn by Hall of Famer, Steve Prefontaine. A fitness-learning center is a secondary role of communicating aspects in becoming a great athlete from training to dietary preparations.
Entering the first level’s main lobby is the Hall of Fame Theater showing “Welcome to The Hall of Fame” movie. The second level has the Hall of Fame Atrium, the Fall of Fame Champion Gallery and Fred Lebow Marathon Hall. The third level’s Hall of Fame Gallery features a 40-foot long etched glass wall engraved with inductee names. The indoor track facility may be seen looking through the glass wall.
Its third floor is home for New Balance Trace and Field Center. Its wide open area allows room for a 200 -meter, six lane banked mondo track, two large runways, sand pit, pole jump pit, and throws cage. It’s considered one of the countries premier indoor track and field facilities. It hosts over 1000 track meets annually for more than 125,000 athletes. It is used for a number of meets for college, high school and professional meets each year.
National Track and Field Hall of Fame is within the former Fort Washington Avenue Armory in Manhattan NYC, between 168th and 169th streets. The hall of fame is operated by The Armory Foundation and USA Track & Field (USATF).
The museum was at several locations after initially founded in Charleston, West Virginia in 1974. In 2002 the Armory Building in Manhattan was chosen as its permanent location. The building was built of neoclassical style early in the 20th century for Army Corps of Engineers. The three-story high brick structure is inscribed with “22nd Regiment Corps of Engineers NGNY”.
The regiment merged and moved to another location after World War II. The armory remained under New York State Division of Military & Naval Affairs jurisdiction as a homeless shelter. In 2002 the facility became permanent home for National Track and Field Hall of Fame. Its dual role is a museum and a track and field facility.
National Track and Field Hall of Fame
216 Fort Washington Avenue
New York, NY
Mid November – mid March
Tuesday – Sunday
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday – Friday
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
The National Track and Field Hall of Fame is a 5 ¼ hour drive of 337 miles from Rochester NY. Drive east on I-90 Thruway to Albany then south on US 87 into New Jersey and US 287 south. Then US 80 east and US 95 east crossing the Hudson River into Upper Manhattan. Then drive south on Broadway following signs to National Track and Field Hall of Fame at 216 Fort Washington Avenue.
Whether visiting the museum or use the track to run a few miles the hall of fame is a great place to visit.