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Alexi Pappas: Olympic runner shares pre-race tips for Eugene Marathon

With the glory of the 122nd Boston Marathon behind us, many of you might be thinking about running a marathon yourselves. Or, with the 12th Eugene Marathon just around the corner, hopefully many of you reading this article are just days away from toeing the line in Tracktown, USA! What the Eugene-Springfield community has to offer in the world of marathon running is very special – whether you’re from the area or not, the Eugene Marathon is an amazing way to celebrate the place where running was born. This is where I feel I grew up as an Olympic runner, …


Jon Hendershott: 1946 - 2018

11 April 2018

We woke up this morning to the sad news of the passing of noted sports journalist Jon Hendershott.

For more than a half-century, Jon worked tirelessly to tell the stories of track and field, this sport we love that benefits tremendously from those who give it a voice. He was a regular fixture at Hayward Field, covering meets in rain or sunshine, regardless of the scale of competition. He even volunteered his talent to TrackTown USA when he helped craft the language honoring the Heritage Athletes at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials.

Jon’s positivity, passion …


UO indoor champions, Nike pioneers headline TrackTown Tuesday

EUGENE, Ore. – TrackTown Tuesday welcomed a slate of accomplished guests for its April show before a crowd of 150 fans at the Downtown Athletic Club. Those in attendance were treated to appearances from UO Running Club member Justin Gallegos, Nike pioneers Jeff Johnson and Nelson Farris, and five Oregon athletes who won national titles at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships.

The Ducks included 800-meter champion Sabrina Southerland and the triumphant Distance Medley Relay (DMR) team of Jessica Hull (1,200m), Venessa D’Arpino (400m), Susan Ejore (800m) and Lilli Burdon (1,600m).

Oregon’s DMR finished with the fourth-fastest time in …


RIP Stewart Togher: ‘The best hammer coach in the world, bar none’

EUGENE, Ore. – Stewart Togher, one of the world’s foremost authorities on the hammer throw and a longtime throws coach at the University of Oregon, passed away at the age of 80 on March 28 after a long battle with leukemia.

Togher, a former Scottish weightlifting champion, came to the U.S. in the early 1980s to be a part of the Olympic development program for American hammer throwers.

He served as the U.S. national hammer coach for 10 years, and spent 15 seasons as the UO throws coach from 1983 to 1997. Four of the top five men’s hammer throwers …