AN OPEN LETTER FROM VIN LANANNA

Thank you to the citizens of Portland and Oregon for welcoming over 500 track and field athletes from 144 countries to our city, our state and our country to experience the sport at its absolute best during the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships.

Thank you to our 1,200 volunteers, 100 competition officials, 39,233 spectators, our host hotels and our government agencies for making this event successful.

Thank you to Mayor & First Lady Hales and the Portland Commissioners for supporting the event.

Thank you to our Portland 2016 Steering Committee and the TrackTown USA staff for your countless hours of service.

Thank you to all our International and National Partners and Suppliers for their invaluable support.

Thank you to Beynon Sports Surfaces for creating a lightning fast, dazzling green track.

Thank you to the staff at the Oregon Convention Center, where we transformed a “blank canvas” into the best indoor stadium in the world.

Thank you to the local, national and international media – and especially NBC Sports – for telling the stories of the global athletes.

Thank you to the Pioneer Courthouse Square team for creating an atmosphere of splendor and celebration for each of the medal ceremonies in Portland’s living room. Thank you to Orchestra Next, a non-profit group affiliated with the University of Oregon, for playing the national anthems each night.

Thank you to USA Track & Field for its ongoing support and partnership.

Thank you to President Seb Coe, the IAAF competition delegates and staff for the collaborative work on presenting a new and exciting vision for our sport.

Most important, thank you to the athletes and coaches who inspired us during six amazing track and field sessions at the Oregon Convention Center. The citizens of Portland rallied with the citizens of TrackTown to create an awe-inspiring event for the global community.

Vin Lananna
President, TrackTown USA
2016 Olympic Head Coach – Men’s Track and Field