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TrackTown USA, UO earn sustainability awards

EUGENE, Ore. – TrackTown USA and the University of Oregon reprised their pioneering roles as national and world leaders in producing sustainable multi-day sporting events this past summer.

Both the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships (June 10-13) and the 2015 USATF Outdoor Championships (June 25-28) were awarded Silver Level Certification by the Council for Responsible Sport.

This is the fourth consecutive year that TrackTown USA’s commitment to sustainability has been recognized by the Council’s certification program for social and environmental responsibility at sporting events.

“We couldn’t be prouder of this important achievement,” TrackTown USA President Vin Lananna said. …


TrackTown fitness program off to rousing start at Hayward Field

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 …


Vin Lananna to rekindle a Bowerman Tradition

To all citizens of TrackTown,

As we continue to grow and develop and look for new ways to make our great community even better, Vin Lananna would like to personally invite you to take part in our inaugural TrackTown Fitness program.  He will conduct the first session Sunday, Sept. 20 at 8 a.m. at Hayward Field.  This free program is open to all and will continue every Sunday through the fall.  It’s designed to teach anyone the fundamentals of how to run or walk for better health.  It will also serve as an on-ramp for other community training programs in January.

The …


Youth races help kick off 2015 Oregon cross country season

EUGENE, Ore. – The University of Oregon men’s and women’s cross country teams kick off the 2015 season at the 10th annual Bill Dellinger Invitational on Pre’s Trail at Alton Baker Park on Friday.

The Ducks take on Pacific Northwest rivals Gonzaga and Portland State in the women’s 6,000-meter race at 6:10 p.m., followed by the men’s 8,000-meter competition at 6:45 p.m. Oregon junior Edward Cheserek, the reigning two-time NCAA cross country champion, headlines the men’s race, while redshirt freshman Sarah Baxter makes her highly anticipated debut for the UO women.

But it won’t just be collegians on the course.


Alexi Pappas: Staying connected to yourself

Springtime in TrackTown USA is fascinating.

Eugene becomes filled with athletes, coaches and fans from all across the world, leaving their mark on historic Hayward Field. As a runner training in TrackTown, I feel the magic of Hayward Field skyrocket when a big race is coming up. The whole town becomes valiantly dressed in robes of flags, grandstands, vending trucks and tents. Even the UO frat houses become residences for visiting teams. It is remarkable.

I feel both energized and overwhelmed by this transformation. This is the time when we athletes are primed for the biggest races of the year …