Inside Track

Lananna names Fasulo to new role as Chief Strategy Officer

EUGENE, Ore. – TrackTown USA President Vin Lananna is pleased to announce the appointment of Robert Fasulo to a new leadership position within the organization — Chief Strategy Officer and Special Adviser to the President. Fasulo was the lead consultant for TrackTown USA’s highly innovative campaign for the 2021 IAAF World Championships and was instrumental in helping Lananna secure the right to host the event.

“Over the past year I have witnessed Bob’s expertise in action in national and international settings,” Lananna said. “Bob’s unique talents and relationships will prove invaluable to TrackTown USA’s long-term strategy and viability as well …


Alexi Pappas: My growth as a runner

When I reflect on my growth as a runner, I often find myself thinking about my work as a filmmaker. Often, an actor will need to repeat a scene many times before he or she gets the performance just right. The director’s job is to guide the actor from take to take, observing the performance and then offering directions that will lead to the desired outcome. The way a director communicates with actors is extremely important – some directions can lead to fear and anxiety, whereas the right directions can empower actors and set them free to surprise themselves with …


Lananna to lead U.S. Olympic men’s track and field team

EUGENE, Ore. – TrackTown USA President Vin Lananna has been named head coach of the U.S. men’s track and field team for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, it was announced today by USA Track & Field.

One of the world’s foremost visionaries in the sport of track and field, Lananna’s appointment by the U.S. Olympic Committee comes at the pinnacle of a long and storied career that has seen unprecedented success as a coach, administrator, organizer and leader.

Lananna will be assisted by a talented array of coaches, including Curtis Frye (sprints/hurdles), Mario Sategna (throws), Cliff Rovelto …


OTC Elite athletes eye World Championships

EUGENE, Ore. – Six athletes from Oregon Track Club Elite have already punched their tickets to the 2015 IAAF World Championships, Aug. 22-30, in Beijing.

Three others are hoping to join the travel party.

As reigning 2013 World Champions, Team USA’s Ashton Eaton (decathlon) and Ethiopia’s Mohammed Aman (800m) were guaranteed wild-card berths into the meet.

Canada’s Brianne Theisen-Eaton, meanwhile, only needed to show fitness at the Canadian National Championships to secure her spot in the heptathlon. She did that by winning the 100m hurdles and taking second in the long jump.

Two other OTC Elite athletes – Hassan Mead and Jesse Williams – earned …


TrackTown USA looking to inspire new runners

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.


TrackTown Summer Series set to launch in 2016

EUGENE, Ore. – If an American track and field athlete wants a world-class competitive opportunity in the months of July or August, they usually have to board a plane bound for Europe to do so, because there is nothing comparable at home.

The lack of domestic track and field meets during the summer has long plagued the world’s No. 1 track and field team, but TrackTown USA President Vin Lananna has found a solution – the TrackTown Summer Series, which will be launched in the summer of 2016, shortly after the conclusion of the U.S. Olympic Team Trials at historic …