IT'S Illawarra Blue Stars' 60th birthday this year and the club's biggest gift will be hosting the inaugural 60-metre state championship and the Magical Mile.
Hosting the events at Kerryn McCann Athletics Centre, at Beaton Park, on December 15 is a major coup for the South Coast's oldest athletics club and for Wollongong.
Illawarra Blue Stars secretary Valmai Loomes said the 60-metre race had never been held at a state championship, except at masters, but was a popular event in Europe and the United States.
"It's a real fiery event, it's really fast and furious," Loomes said.
"It is a world championship title indoors. Melinda Gainsford-Taylor is the last Australian athlete to win the world indoors 60m," she said.
The event will be open to athletes at under-14, under-16, under-18 and open levels and is expected to attract some of the quickest athletes in NSW.
The NSW Magical Mile championship will also cater for juniors in under-14, under-16 and under-18, as well as open men and women and masters athletes, aged 35 plus.
Loomes said hosting rights were great recognition from Athletics NSW.
"It's giving Wollongong a state title event which is very rare . . . if we do a good job of it this year, hopefully we'll get it forever and a day."
The program will start at 2pm with heats in the 60m, followed by finals. The Magical Mile Championships will be held in the afternoon.
Event ambassador, former Australian 1500m champion Lisa Corrigan, and long-distance champion Scott Westacott, based in Newcastle, will promote the Mile.
Loomes said they hoped to attract NSW's top 800m and 1500m runners.
Masters athletes will compete for the Blue Stars medal.
For more information visit nswathletics.org.au or phone 4262 8498.