OSU Club Relays, then real meets...marathon

Eric Beyerle actually won the Couple’s Classic last weekend! The first online results had times from previous years’ races mixed in with the 2019 race. Eric won in 15:59 and Peter Stice got fifth in 17:22. The next day at the Truffle Shuffle club member Chis Howard got sixth in the 4-mile in 26:25.

Next weekend is our first track meet, the OSU Club Relays. It’s got some normal races and some not-so-normal races…and some changes.

Our first real collegiate track meets are the following week, a 10,000m track race on Friday evening, March 1, at Linfield and the Willamette Opener, the following day, Saturday, March 2 in Salem.

Two new Club donors last week got us up to 44. How about you?

There’s a local road race schedule below. The Eugene Marathon and Half are 10 weeks away!

Wanna drive a van? Training dates below…


This meet is next Saturday, February 23. It’s VERY low-key, hosted by our counterparts up the road, the Oregon State Running Club. We can make our entries on meet day at the site, which is Whyte Track & Field Center on the OSU campus.

Who wants to run? Let’s start putting together our relay teams on Monday. If you want to compete, though, reserve a spot in our vans by texting me at 541-954-0263 or emailing me at . We might have to do some carpooling too, so be ready to drive. We’ll find transportation for everyone.

There is no entry fee or trip fee. We’ll leave mid-morning and get back in late afternoon. Most of us will stop in Corvallis for food after the meet, but we can send a van straight back if need be.

There are some pretty wacky events and some changes from what we thought would be run…

Events and time schedule:

12:15pm Distance medley — women's race, then men's [1200m, 400m, 800m, 1600m]

12:45pm Sprint medley — women, then men [100m, 100m, 200m, 400m]

1:00pm 3-minute race WALK — women, then men -- yes, it's a walking race.

1:15pm 2 x 4 x 200m — women, then men — four runners per team…each runner does TWO 200-meter legs! And you start from the same place on the track each time, which means you run 200m, then have to walk/jog diagonally across the infield to get back to your starting spot for your second 200m (and you have three “legs” to get back, about 60 seconds rest).

1:30pm Backwards 100m Dash — women, then men — yup, you run backwards.

1:45pm Joggers Mile — mixed — predict your time, no watches.

2:00pm Reverse Elimination Race — women, then men — “every lap the FIRST person is eliminated. You race to get OUT of the race. The first three out get a special prize.”

2:15pm 4 x 400m relay — women, then men

Link to OSU’s Club site: https://www.oregonstaterunning.com/osu-club-relays

This meet might be just OSU and us…maybe UW.


We have singlets (racing jerseys). They cost $25 and I’ll have them at every workout this week. Cash or a check made out to “UO Running Club”.

Wear your own shorts or spandex. Black or a dark color if you can.

We have no team warmups or other gear.


Our season of real track meets starts the first weekend of March. There are entry deadlines which you MUST meet. I always list them in my weekend emails.

Friday, March 1, there is a 10,000m track race at Linfield up in McMinnville OR. The entry deadline to me is 11am on Wednesday, Feb 27. Let me know earlier if you can, so we can arrange transportation! Text 541-954-0263 or email .

Saturday, March 2, is the Willamette Opener in Salem OR. It’s a small meet with NO relays. The 1500m and 5000m are back-to-back (the first two events) to prevent doubling. The 800m is later. First race is at 11am and meet ends at 2pm. Entry deadline is same as for Linfield, Wednesday, Feb 27, at 11am.


*Monday, February 18: 3pm -- meet next to the intramural field for aerobic run or field conditioning...plus strides, abs, planks.

*Tuesday, February 19: Runner’s choice, all at South Eugene High School track:

8:00am or 3:15pm or 4:30pm — meet with your warm-up run done (it’s more than a mile to the South Eugene track):

Middle distance runners:
Drills, relaxed strides
2 x 800m (first: negative split off 3000m date pace, second: slower/faster 200s) 400 j-w
2 x 600m (first: 3000m date pace, second: each 200 faster) 400m j-w
2 x 400m (first: 1500m date pace, second: negative split) 200m j-w [extra 200m after set]
2 x 200m (fast and relaxed) 200m j-w [extra 200m after set]
1 x choice

Distance runners:
Drills, relaxed strides
2 x 1000m (first at 5000m date pace, second alternating faster and slower 200s) 400m j-w
2 x 600m (first at 3000m date pace, second: each 200 faster) 400m j-w
2 x 400m (first at 1500m date pace, second negative split) 200m j-w [extra 200m after set]
2 x 200m (fast and relaxed) 200m j-w [extra 200m after set]
1 x choice

Super-distance runners:
1200m (5000m date pace) with 400m jog-walk
800m (3000m date pace) with 400m jog-walk
400m (1500m date pace) with 200m jog-walk
Repeat 1200m, 800m, 400m…then:
optional 1 x 1600m (what can you do?)

Drills, relaxed strides
1 x 300m (serious!) 6:00+ rest
3 x 150m (float 50, fast 50, float 50) walk back
3 x 30m (buildup, high speed 30, ease out) walk back...or 3 x 30m from standing start
1 x 300m (serious again!)

Where is South Eugene High School track? From the dorms go south on Agate to 24th. Right on 24th, go a mile (through the traffic signal at Hilyard)…Look for the tennis courts on your right. The track is behind the tennis courts. ‘See you there!

Wednesday, February 20: 3pm -- meet next to the intramural field for an aerobic run or field conditioning...plus abs or planks. Strides?

Thursday, February 21: 3pm -- meet next to the intramural field for an aerobic run or field conditioning...plus abs or planks. Strides?

Friday, February 22: 3pm — meet next to the IM field for pre-race warmup or…
a jog to Pre’s or Amazon Trail for tempo run or cruise intervals

Saturday, February 23: Race at OSU Club Relays or …on your own, an exploring run.

Sunday, February 24: On your own, longish run.

We meet rain or shine. Every session is optional.


Sat, March 2, Spirit of the Mill Race Springfield 8km
Sat, March 2, Race for the Water Eugene 5km, 1km, 10km
Tues, March 5, Taco Tuesday Twilight Trot West Eugene 5km (6pm)
Sat, March 9 Run For The Shamrock Alton Baker Park 10km, 5km
Sun, March 10, Suddenly Sleepy Sleepwalk Alton Baker Park 5km
Thur, Mar 14, OTC Monthly Run Series #1 Alton Baker Park 5km
Sun, March 17, Lucky Clover Dorris Ranch 10km, 5km​
Sat, March 23, Hack N Dash Fiddlers Fiddler’s Green Speed golf!
Sun, Mar 25, McKenzie River Half Marathon Armitage Park, north Eugene

Details at: http://www.eclecticedgeracing.com/race-calendar.html

**Sat, Apr 28 Eugene Flapjack 5km DISCOUNT!
**Sun, Apr 29 Eugene Marathon and Half-Marathon DISCOUNT!


Sat, Feb 23 OSU Club Relays Corvallis, Whyte Track

Fri, March 1 Anderson “Icebreaker” 10,000m Linfield
Sat, March 2 Willamette Opener Salem

Sat, March 23 Willamette Invitational Salem
(first weekend of spring break)

Fri, April 5 John Knight Twilight Western Oregon
Sat, April 6 Jenn Boyam Linfield

Sat, April 20 30th Avenue Twilight Lane CC
Sat, April 20 Cougar Open Oregon City HS

Fri-Sat, April 26-7 OSU High Performance Corvallis

Fri, May 3 Portland Twilight Lewis & Clark

Sat, May 11 West Coast Invitational Willamette, Salem


We’re up to 44! We added Matt Perales and Mary Follo. Thank you!

Membership in UO Running Club costs just a $50 donation for the whole school year. So far:

Calvin Hodge, Magda van Leeuwen, Jack Rising, Marika Tammaru, Blake Hayes, Caela Fenton, Ana Huizar, Ryan Pole, Dylan Cuatt, Benjamin Switzman, Dana Fry, Wolf Seifer, Kirsten Meyer,
Robert Pedersen, Callista Hunt, Peter Stice, Ellie Kobak , Evan Kwiecien, Emma Stevenson,
Jake Bromham, Eric Beyerle, Champ Davis, Ben Schoonover, Ben Rakestraw,

Matt McCausland, Jake Willard, Mia Yerton, Mike Salmon, Vadim Pelavin, James Forkner,
Anna Maré, Sydney Fisher, Lino Lovotti, Mark Wang, Marin Nagle, Audrey Landes,
Kevin Cassman, Rebecca Lee, Daniel Centeno, Mira Cohen, Chris Howard, Jason Bibeau, Matt Perales, Mary Follo.

How about you? We take cash. We take checks made out to “UO Running Club”…

Or you can go to our website (uorunning.com), click on “donate” in the upper right corner to make an electronic donation through the UO Foundation (and get tax credit). If you or your family donate this way, please tell me!


It's a very quick sign up. ‘Gotta do it to run with the Club.

1. Go to: https://orgsync.com/login/university-of-oregon and log in with your Duck ID
2. Search "Running Club" and go to the home page
3. Click "Join Now" in the right hand corner
4. Click the subtitle "Forms"
5. Select: REGISTRATION-Club Members 2018-2019
6. Begin form.


Is it time to commit to the Eugene Marathon this spring? Or the half-marathon? How about the 5km chasing the Krusteaz flapjack?

Here is are two discount codes from Jake Willard:

—for $10 off the marathon and half-marathon: JakeEM19
—NEW! For the “flapjack” 5km race on Saturday, April 27, $5 off: JAKE5K19

Long races are Sunday, April 28. Entry info is at: https://www.eugenemarathon.com/


We still need van drivers… This is your chance to help the Club and become a key player…

Go to this link: https://orgsync.com/66688/news_posts/313773


There’s a new historical exhibit about Oregon track & field history upstairs in the main library. It’s free and open 10am to 4pm weekdays all through winter term…


Here’s link to a 4-minute youtube video about Oregon/Hayward history…


I’m in it!


It's a very quick sign up. ‘Gotta do it to run with the Club.

1. Go to: https://orgsync.com/login/university-of-oregon and log in with your Duck ID
2. Search "Running Club" and go to the home page
3. Click "Join Now" in the right hand corner
4. Click the subtitle "Forms"
5. Select: REGISTRATION-Club Members 2018-2019
6. Begin form.

‘See you,
Tom Heinonen

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Who we are. What we do!

UO Running Club gives students the chance to get together to run, train and race. Most of our sessions are steady runs. A couple of days each week we offer harder training sessions (intervals, repetitions, hills, tempo runs, cruise intervals).

The club is coached by Tom Heinonen, a member of the US Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Hall of Fame who coached the University of Oregon women for nearly three decades. In his time coaching the women, he transformed the team from a young program into an NCAA powerhouse. He retired in 2003 to start the club and has been coaching it since.

In the Fall, we compete in collegiate cross country races throughout Oregon, then finish our season at the NIRCA Championships, where we face other college clubs. In the Spring, we enter in collegiate track meets. Several of our runners earn the opportunity to race at Hayward Field each spring. There are road races throughout the year.

We have a wide range of talent and commitment levels, from recreational runners to All-Americans.

Club members receive an e-mailed workout schedule for the following week every Sunday. There is no fee to join the club.

All running sessions are optional. To join, just show up to one of the practices or contact one of us.

The Running Club is a great way to get together with students and to enjoy running!



'Starting a Running Club?
'Building Your Club?

Read this, a document written by our Club leaders!


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