Inside Track

Financial Investors For TrackTown Summer Series Announced

TrackTown USA announced today that Bob Greifeld and Franklin “Pitch” Johnson, Jr. will continue their roles as chief financial investors of the TrackTown Summer Series, continuing decades of work to elevate the sport of track and field in the U.S. and create opportunities at home for American athletes.

The two financial investors share a lifelong passion and commitment to the sport, and they will continue to provide a guiding vision for the growth and development of the TrackTown Summer Series as members of the Board of Directors. Greifeld and Johnson provided the financial resources which helped launch the TrackTown Summer …


Alexi Pappas: On adaptation in winter

EUGENE, Ore. – This winter in Eugene has more resembled the New Hampshire winters of my Dartmouth days than a typical Oregon winter. We’ve had ice storms, snowstorms and freezing rain in all combinations. Eugene is not used to winter and it shows: each day, it’s a roll of the dice whether the roads will be run-able (there are only a few snow plows), whether we will have electricity (wires are falling), or whether too many trees will have toppled across the trails to allow access to runners. I’ve worn hand warmers for the first time since I can remember.


TrackTown Summer Series expands to three meets in 2017

EUGENE, Ore. – After a highly acclaimed debut last summer, the TrackTown Summer Series returns in 2017 with two additional meets and a renewed commitment to provide top American track and field athletes with fun and innovative competitive opportunities on U.S. soil.

The 2017 TrackTown Summer Series has been expanded to three meets with regional competitions in San Francisco and Portland and a championship meet – televised live on ESPN – in New York City.

The dates and venues are as follows:

– June 29 in San francisco (Stanford University)
– July 2 in Portland (Mt. …


A tribute to John McNichols

EUGENE, Ore. – The sports of track and field and cross country lost one of its giants last month with the passing of legendary Indiana State coach John McNichols at the age of 66 due to complications from a stroke.

McNichols, who spent 34 years at the helm of the Sycamores’ track and field and cross country programs, first arrived in Terre Haute, Ind., in the fall of 1983 as a 33-year-old head coach. He immediately sparked a renaissance in those sports, not only for Indiana State and the local community, but for the entire nation.

A gifted technician, innovator …