The Jerome Classic


The Jerome Classic in Vancouver, BC, began in 1964 titled the ‘The International Olympic Preview’ as a build-up and preview of the Tokyo Olympics. Harry Jerome used the event for a triumphant comeback on route to a Bronze medal in the 100 metres for Canada at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. The event was later named the ‘Achilles Meet‘.

The Jerome Classic was first hosted by the Achilles International Track & Field Society, a non-profit society registered in British Columbia. This group hosted the event through 2023 before partnering with the non-profit Vancouver International Marathon Society RUNVAN.


In 1984, the ‘Achilles Meet‘ event was renamed the ‘Harry Jerome Track Classic‘ in loving memory of the legendary Canadian Olympic sprinter Henry ‘Harry’ Winston Jerome who passed in ’82 after inspiring generations with his remarkable talent and commitment community.

Over time, the Harry Jerome Track Classic became a renowned stage for global track and field stars, attracting top athletes, Olympic champions, and rising stars, witnessing historic performances by Olympic medalist athletes like Damien Warner, Andre De Grasse, Evan Dunfee and others.


In 2024, under new partnership with non-profit RUNVAN and the Achilles International Track and Field Society, the event was renamed to ‘The Jerome Classic‘ to also incorporate the accomplishments of Harry’s sibling, Valerie Jerome, another Canadian Olympian, and their grandfather, John Armstrong Howard, Canada’s first Black Olympic athlete.

The Meet continues to be named after Harry Jerome for his epic athletic performances, and commitment to supporting youth development and the local athletic community. The meet reminds generations to pursue excellence, demonstrate sportsmanship, plus assist community and youth development

You’ll want to be here.

The Jerome Classic is a place where the best push what’s possible. In June every year, the Jerome Classic attracts track and field’s top athletes both locally and internationally. The Jerome Classic is consistently named by World Athletics as ranking in the Top 10% of all track and field competitions in the world.


The Jerome Classic is a ticketed spectator event. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to be a part of track and field history. Grab your tickets and witness the action. 2024 saw four Meet records broken, after five Meet records were broken in 2023. Pre-purchase to save. 

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