Discount. Beav & McKenzie. Portland overnight. 13.1

It was ugly but now it’s over! There was a change in NIRCA’s waiver process for nationals which I did not anticipate. The result is no regionals and no nationals for us this fall. But it leads to new opportunities:

—The Beaver Classic next Friday afternoon is now open to everyone.
—We can do the day-trip up the McKenzie the next day…before Halloween.
—The Pier Park cross country race on November 15 is a good finish to our season and an opportunity for us to stay overnight in Portland and do some exploring.
—The EWEB road races on November 23 will finish our fall season with good choices…half-marathon, 10km, and 5km.

Yesterday there were more than twenty of us at my house for breakfast! We had cinnamon rolls made by Martina and by Humble Bagel, waffles by Jared, over-easy eggs by Jill, crepes and omelets by Matt Auer. Our newcomer women got there early and prepared the fruit, drinks and rolls. Thanks, one and all. Fun!

We have two volleyball matches this week, Wednesday which is new, and Friday during our cross country meet! Challenging.

We’re more than halfway to our eScrip goal. Newcomers, go back to Kyle’s email on October 4 for instructions on how to sign up!

Discount! With no trip to nationals this year, we are cutting our donation request in half! We now ask you to write fundraising letters or donate $25 to the Club. So far two people have done one or the other. Last year we ultimately had fifty.

Entry deadline for Beaver Classic is 10pm on Wednesday. Read below.

Whoa, Run with the Duck results from this morning are just in! Fast times…and a Club sweep…

Volleyball During Race!

We have two matches to cover this week:

Wednesday, Oct 22, at 7:30pm match vs Arizona, (your arrival time is 6:45pm).
Friday, Oct 24, at 6:00pm match vs ASU, (your arrival time is 5:15pm).

Friday might be difficult to cover because so many cross country runners will be in Corvallis. Help!

The first six to sign up get the spots: heino@uoregon.edu or text 541-954-0263.

More on the plan to finish our fall season

I apologize for not foreseeing NIRCA’s change in policy. They didn’t print it anywhere or notify us. I didn’t ask if the waiver policy was the same as it’s been until it was too late.

So, our competitive season can continue into mid-November for a lot more of our runners. Everyone can race on November 15 (the day of NIRCA nationals) in the state USATF championship meet at Pier Park in Portland.

The races are at 9am and 9:45am, so we will drive to Portland on Friday afternoon. You can stay with family or friends, but we will also get hotel rooms on Friday night.

You must enter the race online yourself. The entry fee will be $17.50, and we plan to give you a $5 cash rebate once you’ve entered. We’ll start entries after the Beaver Classic.

Portlanders, you will be our tour guides on Friday night and Saturday after the race!

The final road races of our fall season are on Sunday, November 23, the EWEB Run to Stay Warm half-marathon ($45), 10km ($30), and 5km ($20). They all start near the EWEB fountain on the bike path near the DeFazio footbridge, across from Alton Baker Park. It’s less than two miles from campus.

We won’t be asking anyone to write a check for $250 for one cross country meet!

Beaver Classic Entries Due

The Beaver Classic is Friday afternoon in Avery Park in Corvallis. It’s a strong meet which we’ve run in ten years in a row. Women run 6km at 4pm. Men run 8km at 5pm.

It’s on a 2km loop, almost all grass.

*Entries are due to me by Wednesday at 10pm. Email or text me at 541-954-0263. I will respond as soon as I put you on the entry list.

After the meet we’ll go to the New Morning Bakery and Deli on Second Street in Corvallis. There’s a pizza place across the street.

We might have a lot of people in this meet, so some people might need to drive and offer rides. We’ll provide two motor pool vans.

Women will leave at 1:30pm from campus. Men will leave at 2:30pm from campus.

These people are already entered:

Travis Reder, Christian George, Josh Gordon, Rebecca Scheer, Brandy Graham, Megan Kupres, Mikayla Cruz-Nicklas, Emily Jones, Matt Auer, Martina Miller, Louise Laursen.

McKenzie Day Trip is Saturday

Saturday, October 25, we're going on our annual McKenzie River day trip. You can run the McKenzie River trail and ice in the river if you dare, then bask in the Belknap Hot Springs pool ($7 cost), stop at a grocery store for lunch, find the sturgeon (sorry, it’s not a barracuda), and make our final stop at Harrick's pumpkin patch! The trip will take all day.

It’ll be an 9:00am departure from campus...cost is $7 cash plus your food and pumpkins. You’ll need running clothes, swimsuit, towel, snacks.

We have two vans and will need some people to drive their own cars and provide rides. Thanks!

Sign up by emailing me at heino@uoregon.edu or texting me at 541-954-0263.

I already have these people signed up: Jill Petrowski, Brandy Graham, Dillon Vibes, Rueben Macias, Rebecca Scheer, Mikayla Cruz-Nicklas, Emily Jones, Matt Auer, Martina Miller, Louise Laursen.

Workout still inside the fence...Concrete Coming!

We’re meeting INSIDE the fence again this week…on the intramural field next to 15th Avenue. Construction might finish in a week if the weather holds and they can pour concrete.

You must go south to 18th Avenue, then enter at Emerald Street. You might have to go through the marching band practice. Do NOT climb over the fence.

Escrip...Newcomers Help! (same as last week)

We’re more than halfway…

Here is something quick and painfree for newcomers to the Club. It helps us make money... lots of money.

If we get 20 newcomers to sign up for eScrip, we are allowed to ask the Club Sports office for $2000+ in supplemental funding for our season. Financially, we MUST do this!

Here’s the plan:

You go online and sign up your credit card or debit card for eScrip. It NEVER costs you any money. Once you are signed up, Club Sports is given “pennies on the dollar” for the amounts you spend at selected stores. No money out of your pocket, but eventually a lot of money for Club Sports...and us.

Kyle already gave you instructions last Saturday morning, October 4, in an email about how to sign up. It takes two minutes on your computer. The Club record is 42 seconds!

Returnees may only sign up for eScrip again if it’s with a different card. Be creative!

We need 20 new sign-ups. We have more than enough people to get this done. Now is your chance to help the Club. Please!

Workouts: Week #4...Tuesday 8AM, 11:30AM, 3PM, Catch-Up

*Monday, October 20: 3pm -- meet INSIDE THE FENCE on the intramural field for aerobic run or field conditioning...plus abs, planks, barefoot strides.

*Tuesday, October 21: …four choices for “hard day”…

a) 8:00am -- meet at Amazon Trail for 4-6 x 1000m (near XC race pace) with 2:30 jog-walk recovery

b) 11:30am -- meet at Amazon Trail for same workout.

c) 3:00pm -- meet on the IM field for a warmup run to Amazon Trail for same workout.

d) After 3:00pm -- catch up to us at Amazon Trail for same workout ... people whose classes end at 3:50pm can catch up. Those with classes ending at 4:20pm probably not.

WHERE? To get to Amazon Trail from the dorms, go south on Agate Street to 24th. Turn right and jog about 10 blocks to the stoplight at Hilyard. Continue on 24th to the next stoplight and look to your left. Follow the barkchip trail to your left, 50m to the pillars at Amazon Trailhead. Allow 15 minutes to get there from the dorms. (Amazon Trail is sometimes called the Adidas Oregon Trail.)

*Wednesday, Oct 22: 3:00pm -- meet INSIDE the IM field for a relaxed run, plus abs and strides on the intramural field.

*Thursday, Oct 23: 3:00pm -- meet INSIDE the IM field for pre-race warmup or a relaxed run, plus abs and strides on the intramural field.

*Friday, Oct 24: Race at Beaver Classic! No 3pm run today.

*Saturday, October 25: 9:00am — Meet on campus for the McKenzie River day-trip at 9:00am… or, on your own, go for an exploring run.

*Sunday, October 26: Go long on your own, then head for the library.

You and our Fundraising...$25 Discount!

Part of being a member of our Club is helping us meet costs. Here’s a brief on fundraising for the Running Club...and you.

We have an allocation of about $2000 from Club Sports. We also have a fundraising requirement from the Club Sports office...and a need. To do what we want for you, we make some fundraising efforts every year (including working as “ball crew” at women’s volleyball matches...$1800 for this season).

We will ask EVERYONE to do one of two things: mail fundraising letters to friends and family, or personally donate $50 (now just $25!) to the Club. Sending the letters yields more money for us, but we recognize that some of you can’t or won’t do that. So, we ask you to donate $25 to the Club instead.

We provide the text of the letter. You can alter it anyway you want, to make it more personal. We’ll help you print the letters which must be on Club Sports letterhead stationery. You provide the names and addresses. We provide the stamps too! I’ll write thank-you notes to your donors, or you can.

Letter writing is our single biggest fundraiser every year. You can be part of it! Or, you can donate $25 (cash or check made out to “UO Running Club”).

I am going to ask every one of you to do one or the other. Be ready!

One person, Sarah Stubblefield has already donated and one other, Alison Goodwin, has written letters.

Run Fast With the Duck!

New course, fast times…1-5 for our men and our women including alumni Rob McLauchlan and Sarah Lloyd. Look at how many of you ran!

455 finishers…
Robert McLaughlin, 15:01 alumnus
Andre Lightsey-Walker, 15:03
Evan Pardi, 16:36
Blake Chiuminetta, 16:55
David Moreno, 17:04
11. Matt Parker, 17:36
12. Christian George, 17:41
15. Megan Kupres, 18:07 first woman
16. Connor Shimamoto, 18:11
18. Rebecca Scheer, 18:37 second woman
21. Sarah Lloyd, 18:49 alumna third woman
23. Brittany Day, 18:57 fourth woman
25. Michaela Alamillo, 18:59 fifth woman
26. Niklas Vockert, 19:12
54. Carolyn Gilchriese, 21:00 tenth woman
55. Joelle Bruckert-Frisk, 21:03 eleventh woman
72. Sarah Stubblefield, 22:14
101. Emily Jones, 23:50
103. Taylor Howatt, 23:53
105. Erin Coates, 23:55 former Club member
106. Jill Petrowski, 23:57
109. Dillon Vibes, 23:59
110. Emma Boys, 24:00
115. Mikayla Cruz-Nicklas, 24:15
116. Brandy Graham, 24:21
138. Michelle Vinjamuri, 25:42

Complete results at:

Kara, Lacey, Josh, and Nicole Race

Today at the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in San Francisco, Club alum Nicole Ginley-Hidinger ran a PR 1:36:02 to finish 100th (including the men), 22nd of 5366 women in her age group. Lacey Aley and Kara Rawlings both ran their debut half marathons there, finishing together in 1:41:15. They finished 259th and 260th in a field of 23,000+ runners.

Josh Gordon got 34th at Lewis & Clark Invitational in 26:43 for 8km on Saturday. There were 152 finishers.

'Need Shoes? Two Good Choices. (same as last week)

If you plan to buy running shoes, I think the best place in town is Eugene Running Company in the Oakway Mall. Tell them you are in the UO Running Club for a discount.

A great online choice is at our website, www.uorunning.com, where you can click on the white “Running Warehouse” button. Ask me what our discount code is! Shipping is fast and free.

Copper Last Chance!

My wife Janet is out of the country for one more week. You still have a chance to take our dog Copper for a walk or run any day (morning, afternoon or evening). Let me know!

Pick a day and time and confirm with me…

heino@uoregon.edu or text/call me at 541-954-0263.

Copper is an eight-year old Australian Shepherd who thinks he’s much younger.

Cross Country Schedule

Fri, October 24 Beaver Classic Avery Park, Corvallis

Sat, November 15 USATF State Champs Pier Park, Portland

Local Road Race Schedule...EWEB Half-Marathon, Nov. 23

October —
Sun, 26 McDonald Forest Trail Runs Corvallis 15K, 5K
Sun, 26 Monster Mash Eugene 5K

November —
Sun, 09 Autumn Trails Eugene Eugene 16M, 10M, 6M, 3M
*Sun, 23* *EWEB Run To Stay Warm* *Eugene* *13.1M, 10K, 5K *
Thur, 27 Turkey Trot Eugene Eugene 4M, 2M
Thur, 27 Turkey Stuffer Springfield 5K

December —
Sat, 06 Jingle Bells Run Eugene 12K, 8K, 5K
Sat, 13 Frozen Trail Runfest Eugene 50K, 15M, 9M, 5K
Sat, 20 Eugene Holiday Half & Hustle 10K/5K Eugene 13.1M, 10K, 5K

Information on all these races:


‘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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