EUGENE, Ore. – Fifty years ago, legendary University of Oregon track and field coach Bill Bowerman sparked one of the most transformative movements in the history of American sports – the running boom.
By teaching community classes on jogging at Hayward Field, he was able to introduce first-time runners and walkers to the basic principles of aerobic exercise. To pay homage to the iconic Bowerman, Vin Lananna, president of TrackTown USA and renowned Olympic coach, would like to take all “Citizens of TrackTown” on a similar journey.
And there is no better place to do it than TrackTown USA.
Oregonians have long embraced the concept of better fitness as a means of leading healthier lifestyles, and participating in local road runs – as a runner, jogger or walker – is one way to achieve that goal.
The annual Eugene Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K represent some of the country’s best road racing opportunities. In order to make those events more accessible to all, Lananna plans to work together with local groups to launch a training program designed to attract new runners and walkers, and help others find a way to better overall health and fitness.
Beginning this fall, if you’ve never run a step in your life, or you’re already training for a personal best, all “Citizens of TrackTown” will be invited to come to Hayward Field to be inspired and motivated and to learn the basics of running from Lananna and others.
It’s free to all!
Details to come at GoTrackTownUSA.com.