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Tracktown Movie to make World Premiere at Los Angeles Film Festival

I am thrilled to announce that Tracktown will be having its world premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival June 4th, 2016! Tickets will go on sale on May 10th on the Los Angeles Film Festival website — there is only one screening, be sure to grab your tickets before they sell out!

Tracktown is inspired by my experiences and observations as a professional runner, and the story is a fictional patchwork quilt of personalities and encounters woven together to capture the real adventure of growing up chasing the Olympic dream in Eugene, Oregon.

I can’t …


TrackTown USA teams up with Ninkasi Brewing

EUGENE, Ore. – Few things in life go together better than craft beer and running, especially in the state of Oregon.

The Eugene-Springfield community, also known as TrackTown USA, is home to the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Track & Field, and a thriving craft beer community. When Ninkasi Brewing Company, an independent craft brewery, decided it was time to deliver a beer for runners, by runners, a partnership with TrackTown USA was a natural fit.

“We’re excited to partner with Ninkasi Brewing Company and its local wholesale partner Bigfoot Beverages,” TrackTown USA President …


Alexi Pappas: Training with the boys at altitude

I grew up in a house of boys: it was my dad, my brother and me. I shared my Jack-and-Jill bathroom with my brother, Louis, and since he was four years older, I learned to accept his music choices, him showering first, and him telling my middle-school self that my body mist did not smell good. It actually smelled like a bad flower garden so I stopped wearing it which is why I will never (thankfully) smell like a Plumeria again.

Even the television at home was full of boys. I remember distinctly Chris Berman or Jerry Seinfeld’s voice on …


Going green at every turn at Portland 2016

PORTLAND, Ore. – Already a global leader in producing sustainable multi-day sporting events, TrackTown USA turned the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Portland last month into a showcase for “green” events that leave a lasting impact on participants and the community.

The Eugene-based non-profit company delivered on a variety of sustainable initiatives to make Portland 2016 not just a four-day meet, but a community celebration. For the fifth consecutive year, TTUSA will participate in the Council for Responsible Sport’s process of certification for social and environmental responsibility at sporting events.

The 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships were held at …


Rainsberger seeks to inspire other runners - just like Mom

EUGENE, Ore. – Last Friday night at the Oregon Relays, Colorado high school superstar Katie Rainsberger introduced herself to the Hayward Field faithful in stellar fashion. En route to a top-15 all-time prep performance, Rainsberger took down a field of seasoned professionals and collegians in the women’s 1,500 meters. The future Duck took to the start line, positioned herself on the rail and kicked past 2012 Olympian Geena Gall with 250 meters to go, crossing the line in a winning time of 4 minutes, 17.52 seconds.

Rainsberger has gotten progressively better this season, becoming a mainstay atop the national high school …


Vin's blog: Portland 2016 and the importance of innovation

(This is the first of a series of monthly blogs written by TrackTown USA President and U.S. Olympic men’s track and field head coach Vin Lananna. The topics reflect his positions on subjects of critical interest to the local, national and global track and field community. April’s theme: Portland 2016 and the importance of innovation in the sport.)

When Italian high jumper Gianmarco Tamberi arrived at Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland to receive his gold medal in front of thousands of cheering fans at the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships last month, he …


TrackTown USA hits the mark at Portland 2016

PORTLAND, Ore. – When TrackTown USA decided to expand its footprint to the city of Portland a few years ago by putting forth a bid to host the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships at the Oregon Convention Center, we did so with some ambitious goals in mind.

We wanted to grow the sport and create new fans. We wanted to inspire the next generation. We wanted to be innovative in our event presentation. We wanted to bring the world’s best athletes to U.S. soil. We wanted to give Team USA a long-awaited home field advantage.

By all accounts, not only …