Inside Track

Growing Pains

As a runner, few things are more impressive than watching an elite athlete crushing a workout at the peak of his or her fitness. I’ve had so many moments just stretching on the sidelines of Hayward Field or the South Eugene High School track where I look at my peers in awe. But especially after my recovery from an injury last spring, I’ve also come to deeply appreciate, respect, and admire athletes who have come back from an injury and re-built their fitness from scratch. The journey from 0 to 1 on the fitness scale is just as awe-inspiring to …


Richard Reske: 'The epitome of a volunteer'

EUGENE, Ore. – Hayward Field holds a special place in the hearts of thousands of track and field fans across the world, but only one of them – outside of Bill Bowerman – has a building named in their honor at the iconic stadium.

The “Reske Center,” an equipment shed on the southeast corner of the track, was built as a tribute to the countless hours of volunteer service logged by longtime Oregon Track Club member Richard Reske. The shed is used to store all of the equipment utilized by the OTC to support its numerous events.

Reske, who was …