Cap and Gown, Tuesday, XCWeíre just a day away from graduation! I heard that the Moon Tree is the place to watch the graduates parade to Matt Knight Arena tomorrow morning. The Moon Tree is next to the sidewalk between the EMU and Carson Hall. Parade starts promptly at 8:45am.
Congratulations to all our grads! We reserve the right to ask you for money, once you have your first job.
If youíre still around, keep coming to our runs! Weíll start at 10am on Tuesday from my house.
Iíll have the first list of newcomers next week. We know of a dozen already including runners from New York, Pennsylvania, Los Angeles and Singapore, and maybe a PhD student from France.
Casey Campbell might be on the UO roster next year!
Catching up on our road race results...
On May 19, Renee Gordon won the womenís Bark in the Park 5km, running with her new dog, in 18:21. Josh Gordon got second in the menís race in 15:04 with Lord Byron! Times were really fast.
On Memorial Day, Brett Ely zoomed a 10-mile in 61:57 (first woman, third overall) in the Park to Park here in Eugene. Thatís #2 on Club list.
Josh Gordon got 2nd in the Moonlight Five Mile on June 1, in 26:39. Jeff Sather ran his first race in a long time in 28:55. Maggie Eliot was second woman in 36:06 and Holli Davis got 5th in 37:16.
Training for the next season starts with recovering from last season. If you raced regularly during the spring, your season is over, so itís time for rest and recovery.
If you havenít taken a break yet, now is the time. If youíve already taken time off or drastically decreased your mileage since track season, Iíd suggest that you simply run for recreation during the next couple weeks. Donít try to achieve anything. Just enjoy running!
Cross country is three months away, so rest now while thereís still time. There is plenty of time to plan and embrace a volume buildup for the autumn season.
Sprinters, when you get home, find a team to play on...pick a sport, any sport, and play! Or, see how many different sports you can try. Let me know what youíve tried! Itís all great general preparation for future seasons.
For people here in Eugene, weíll start meeting at my house at 10am on weekdays, beginning the day after graduation. Iíll ride my bike; you run. Weíll start on Tuesday, June 18.
I live at 1012 E. 21st Avenue, on the corner or 21st and Harris. From Hayward Field go south on Agate St., across 19th to 21st. Turn right and go five blocks to Harris. My house is on the corner.
ĎSee you there!
If you are in Eugene on July 4, the thing to do is run Butte to Butte, a hilly 10km road race across the city. Donít train for it. Just run it. Or, you can volunteer by phoning 541-484-9883...mention my name.
I work at packet pick-up for three days, then hold a stop sign for cars at 16th and High on race day.
ALL-COMERS TRACK MEETS
The Oregon Track Club all-comers meets start in July, after the Fourth. They are fun, whether you run or volunteer. Low key...at Hayward Field. The weekly series of meets lasts for five weeks. Details later.
Hereís what we know now...
The Northwest Classic in mid-September will be on a Friday evening...September 20.
Thereís a meet sponsored by adidas at Fernhill Park in Portland in mid-October.
The NIRCA northwest regional will be in Boise (November 2?)...sounds like a road trip!
NIRCA Nationals will be in Hershey PA again...November 16.
USATF Nationals is in Bend on December 14, the day after final exams...men 10m, women 6km...expensive entry fee. ĎCould be a menís rematch with Fluffy Bunny!
Itís likely to be our most interesting XC schedule ever...
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UO Running Club provides the opportunity for students 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 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 brand new program into a 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 throughout the year. 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!