Coach's Update

Summer runs in Eugene, Butte, All-Comers

Hello, UO Running Club — (Saturday, June 5, 2022)

We’ll start our summer runs in Eugene this coming week on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Meet at my house at 8am. I’ll ride my bike; you run.

I live at 1012 E. 21st Avenue, on the corner of 21st and Harris.


Oregon Track Club all-comers track meets will be on Wednesdays and Thursdays at Silke Field in Springfield. If you are in town, I’ll ask you for help officiating the 7-8-9 year old’s long jump which I’ve done for over 40 years. It starts on June 29.

— ages 12 and under on Wednesdays: June 29, July 6, July 27, August 3.
— ages 13 and older: Thursdays: June 30, July 7, July 28, August 4.

If you want to compete ($5), check here:


Two weeks until “the Butte”!

It’s the Eugene Fourth-of-July tradition, a morning 10km road race (and a 5km too) across town. Details here:


How about both? Let’s do one more week of running when you feel like it. You can start counting miles in July, if you wish. We’ll had some quality in August. Enjoy!

Sprinters? How about finding a team sport this summer that will keep you active. Do something athletic everyday if you have time. The more varied, the better!


Dillin Siembieda
Ocean View HS, CA

Kellan Murakami
San Leandro HS CA

Charlie Townes
Lincoln HS, Portland

Avery Hackenberg
Eden Prairie HS MN


Hayward Field will be busy:

— USATF National Championships — June 23-26

— World Athletics Championships — July 15-24



(Same as last week)

Some of you have trained pretty hard this spring to take advantage of the return of real races! We’ve had a lot of success this spring but regardless of how it went for you, after the intensity of a racing season, the next step is rest.

For every high there needs to be a low.

Now is a good time to do some easy running…or resting…before you eventually start a mileage buildup this summer for cross country or road races next fall.

If you keep running, do it because you like it, not because you have to. Run for fun, for recreation, because it feels good!

You can run recreationally until the first of July, then start a buildup of mileage for the fall season. Beginning in August I’ll suggest specific workouts with some quality running. The volume of that running will increase through August and September to be ready to start our cross country season (if you choose to) when you arrive on campus.

Now, run for fun, or rest!

‘See you,

Tom Heinonen



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!



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