Inside Track

Alexi Pappas: Embracing change for growth

EUGENE, Ore. – It is with great pleasure and pride that I announce that I will hereby be representing Greece, where I am a dual citizen by birth, in international competition.

I am also proud to continue training in Eugene and continue representing Nike, TrackTown USA and the Oregon Track Club Elite as I compete in the Hellenic uniform. This is a decision I have made with the support of my family, my coach Ian Dobson and my sponsors, manager and role models in the sport, many of whom are Olympians themselves.

Taking big steps to grow has always expanded …


Portland 2016 Pole Vault Competition

For the first time in 30 years, and only the second time in history, the IAAF World Indoor Championships will be contested in the U.S.

You can witness the opening session of this historic occasion with thousands of other fans at no additional charge!

More than 600 of the world’s greatest track and field athletes, representing 154 countries from around the globe, will participate in the four-day competition, March 17-20, at the Oregon Convention Center.

The meet gets off to a roaring start on Thursday, March 17 at 6 p.m. with the awe-inspiring spectacle of the Opening Ceremonies, immediately followed by …


Oregon Track & Field Team Previews Millrose Games

By Jake Willard/ TrackTown USA

EUGENE, Ore. – The Oregon men’s and women’s track and field teams will take a break this week, with three notable exceptions.

UO junior distance runner Edward Cheserek, a 10-time NCAA champion and two-time finalist for The Bowerman, is scheduled to compete in a loaded field in the 3,000 meters at the 109th Millrose Games at the Armory in New York City on Saturday.

Cheserek, who clocked an NCAA-leading time of 13 minutes, 35.86 seconds in the 5,000 meters at last week’s Husky Classic in Seattle, will be racing against several familiar faces in New …


Eugene runners ready for U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials

EUGENE, Ore. – Whether it be a two-time Olympian looking to shine in his marathon debut or a University of Oregon graduate student looking to finish her competitive career with a bang, some of Eugene’s top distance runners will travel to Los Angeles to compete in the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials on Saturday.

Galen Rupp highlights a field of local talent that includes Luke Puskedra, Brett Ely, Craig Leon and Dan Kremske, all hoping to represent the U.S. in the 2016 Rio Olympics in August. The top three finishers in a pool of 168 men and 202 women will qualify …


Alexi Pappas: The longest run

EUGENE, Ore. – The 2016 U.S. Marathon Olympic Trials will take place on Saturday. I am lucky to have the chance to be in Los Angeles to watch, as I have the honor of being the “Resident Millennial” panelist for the Millennial Running Study unveiling at the annual Running USA conference the day before the marathon.

I’ve never run a marathon. I’ve paced half of the Chicago marathon, participated in one marathon relay in Mount Desert Island (I ran one-third of the race), and I was honored to view the New York City Marathon up close this fall when I …


House of Track takes final bow



By Ben DeJarnette / TrackTown USA

PORTLAND, Ore. – The ad hoc indoor track arena at 2400 NW Front Avenue will return to anonymity on Tuesday night, when the 200-meter oval track it housed will begin to be broken into 1,400 pieces and then transported to the Oregon Convention Center for next month’s USATF Indoor Championships and IAAF World Indoor Championships.

But before blending back into its industrial surroundings in northwest Portland, the city’s rags-to-riches warehouse still has four days to call itself the House …