TrackTown fitness program off to rousing start at Hayward Field

TrackTown USA President and 2016 Olympic coach Vin Lananna speaks to nearly 200 local residents at the inaugural TrackTown Fitness program at Hayward Field on Sunday. (Photo courtesy of Tim Lay/TrackTown Productions)

EUGENE, Ore. – The inaugural TrackTown Fitness program made an auspicious debut at historic Hayward Field on Sunday.

Beautiful weather and the promise of coaching from TrackTown USA President Vin Lananna drew nearly 200 local residents to the track for an inspirational morning of movement and exercise.

TrackTown Fitness – Day1 from Tim Lay on Vimeo.

Those in attendance reacted with enthusiasm as Lananna referred to the group as leaders in the movement to make Oregon the healthiest state in the nation by the time Eugene plays host to the 2021 IAAF World Championships.

This won’t be the only team Lananna coaches in 2016.

Last July, the Hall of Fame coach who directed highly successful collegiate programs at Dartmouth, Stanford and Oregon, was named head coach of the men’s track and field team for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

At the conclusion of Sunday’s session,Lananna had one final message for his new training group.

“It is important that you come out here and bring someone else with you,” he said. “We have no limits on our capacity, so let’s try to do our best to make this the healthiest state in the nation by 2021. We start here. You guys just took the first step.”

TrackTown Fitness will be held each Sunday beginning at 8 a.m. at Hayward Field through Dec. 13.

The free program is open to all. New participants are encouraged and welcome every week.

Austin Meek, sports columnist for The Register-Guard newspaper, was among those to attend Sunday’s TrackTown Fitness program. Check out what he wrote here.

The TrackTown Fitness program attracted nearly 200 participants to Hayward Field last Sunday for a morning of inspiration and exercise.

The TrackTown Fitness program attracted nearly 200 participants to Hayward Field last Sunday for a morning of inspiration and exercise. (Photo courtesy of Aleksandria Grabow)