US sprint stars Noah Lyles, Gabby Thomas and Rai Benjamin to headline USATF NYC Grand Prix on Sun., June 9
Apr 22, 2024

US sprint stars Noah Lyles, Gabby Thomas and Rai Benjamin to headline USATF NYC Grand Prix on Sun., June 9

NEW YORK, New York. (Apr. 22, 2024) – World championships medalists Noah Lyles, Gabby Thomas and Rai Benjamin are set to return to Icahn Stadium for the USATF NYC Grand Prix, organizers announced today.

A gold-level stop on World Athletics’ Continental Tour Gold, the USATF NYC Grand Prix will take place at Icahn Stadium on Randall’s Island in New York City on Sunday, June 9. Tickets for the event on are now on sale at

Attempting his third-straight victory at the USATF NYC Grand Prix, Noah Lyles will lead the field in the men’s 200m. Lyles enjoyed a season for the ages in 2023, becoming the first man since 2015 to win the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay at the World Athletics Championships. Lyles, now a six-time world champion the Olympic bronze medalist from Tokyo 2020, is coming off a fantastic indoor campaign in which he captured his first USATF Indoor title at 60m, as well as silver medals in the 60m and 4x400m relay at the World Athletics Indoor Championships.

Also returning to the USATF NYC Grand Prix after a fantastic 2023 season, will be Gabby Thomas. At last year’s World Athletics Championships, Thomas won silver and gold medals over 200m and as part of Team USA’s 4x100m relay, respectively. Thomas’ lifetime best of 21.60, set last year at the USATF Outdoor Championships, makes her the fourth-fastest woman in history over 200m.

Making his USATF NYC Grand Prix debut, local favorite and second fastest 400m hurdler of all-time Rai Benjamin will be racing at Icahn Stadium for the first time since his high school days. Benjamin, who hails from nearby Mt. Vernon, New York, won silver and gold medals in the 400m hurdles and 4x400m relay, respectively at the 2020 Olympic Games, a feat he also accomplished at 2019 and 2022 World Athletics Championships. At last year’s World Athletics Championships, Benjamin anchored Team USA to gold in the men’s 4x400m after having won bronze in the men’s 400m hurdles final.

The 2024 USATF NYC Grand Prix will be shown live both on NBC from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EDT, as well as on Peacock from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 9 and is a gold-level member of the World Athletics Continental Tour.

About the Randalls Island Park Alliance
The Randall’s Island Park Alliance (RIPA), founded in 1992, is a public-private partnership with the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation that seeks to realize the unique potential of 330 waterfront parkland acres anchoring Manhattan, the Bronx, and Queens. RIPA works with the City and local communities to provide an innovative and exciting destination through a wide range of sports venues, cultural events, and environmental exploration. As the dedicated steward of Randall’s Island Park, the Alliance sustains, maintains, develops and programs the Park to support the well-being of all New Yorkers.The Park offers miles of waterfront pathways, almost nine acres of wetlands, an urban farm, Icahn Stadium - an International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Class 1 certified running track with a 400-meter Mondo Super X Surface - a golf center, a 20-court tennis center, and over 60 new playing fields, as well as the Harlem River Event Site. For more information, please visit 

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