The Gene Whipp Sports Center is located in Venice, Florida, 3 miles from the Gulf of Mexico and the Venice area beaches. This world class facility is just 12 miles south of Sarasota. It was home to the 2000 US Olympic Decathlon Squad and now houses the Special Olympics offices for Sarasota County. Open from 8:30am - 5:00pm and available for rent 7 days a week with exclusive use of the facility for the rental period.
- 8 lane, 400 meter all weather track
- 5,000 square foot field house
- Indoor weight training room
- Pacer hurdles, high jump, pole vault, long jump, discus, javelin, shot put, starting blocks, Pacer pads.
Elite Athletes who have recently trained at the Gene Whipp Sports Center include:
- Adam Setliff (USA), Two-time Olympian, Three-time National Champion Discus.
- Justus Koech (Kenya), 6th Place IAAF World Championships in 800imeters, Paris 2005.
- Alex Kipchirchir (Kenya), Ranked No. 1 in World 2005 for 1000.meters.
- Richard Smith (USA), Former USA National Junior Champion 800.meters.
- Julius Achon (Uganda), NCAA Champion, Olympian and World IAAF Finalist, 800 and 1500imeters.
- Bernard Kiptum (Kenya), Former World Junior Champion 1500imeters.
“I highly recommend this facility for visiting colleges and elite athletes and have used the track on multiple occasions with my Nike athletes.”
— John Cook, Nike Oregon Project Middle Distance Coach. Former George Mason NCAA Champion Track Coach.