Trials, Butte, all-comers, volleyball, buildup

We’re just a week away from the Olympic Trials here in Eugene! They closed Agate Street from 13th Avenue to 18th this morning to start building the “super block”. The bleachers on top of Powell Plaza are finished…they extend onto 15th Avenue. Nike has three spherical buildings on our turf field.

I announced at the final “last chance” meet was on Thursday night at Mt. Hood CC. It rained for 12 of the 13 events! ‘Not many fast times, but lots of great races.

At the USATF Junior Nationals yesterday in Clovis CA, Seth Berdahl finished his track season with a superb 10,000m, running 31:59. Seth got 16th of 22 runners. It was 82 degrees at the start of his race at 9:30pm!

Megan Kupres ran her final Club race last weekend in Seattle, a hilly Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon.
She ran 1:25:54 to win her age group and finish 50th of 11,689 runners.

Good running, Seth and Megan!

We’ll meet Monday through Friday at 8am at my house this week. There are a few training hints below.

Remember our volleyball work last fall? Our ball crews volunteered at ten matches and the Club received $100 per match. This year there are 29 matches! That includes a tournament in late August and two more in early September, plus the Pac-12 home schedule. Be ready for some fun!

We’ll have a chance to help at the kids’ all-comers meets which will begin on Wednesday nights the week after the Trials.

One of our newcomers, Jonathan Breckheimer, is looking for off-campus housing with people who run! If you're looking for a housemate, you can contact him at eednob@yahoo.com or jazzygtr@yahoo.com. Jonathan will be a freshman. He's from Stillwater, Minnesota.

Almost time to build for Autumn...But not quite!

Next weekend I’ll give you some beginning guidelines about summer buildup for cross country. Right now, though, it’s still time to run for fun.

For everyone, finally including Seth Berdahl, our track season is over. If you had a full season of competition or you ran the marathon or half-marathon after a long bout of training, it’s time to rest. That might mean time completely away from running. Or it’s time for you to enjoy other physical pursuits. Complete rest can be valuable. Recreational sport is great too!

If you’ve already rested, it’s time to run for the joy of it. Don’t worry about mileage. You can run recreationally through this last week of June. Early July is soon enough to start building for the fall if you plan to have a cross country season.

I’ll give you guidelines next week for July, August and September.

Sprinters, stay active. Enjoy your time away from running. Find a sport. Find a team this summer and play!

Butte to Butte...The Race of the Summer!

On July 4th, it’s Butte to Butte, a point-to-point 10km road race across Eugene. There’s a 5km race too. Here’s the link:


This is an Oregon Track Club event. I measured the first version of the course 40+ years ago. It’s the running event of the summer!

Eugene Runs this Week

We’ll meet at 8am this week Monday, June 27, through Friday, July 1, at my house.

Newcomers who are in town for IntroDucktion are more than welcome to join, but your schedule will be pretty filled!

I live at 1012 E. 21st Avenue. From the dorms and Hayward Field go south on Agate Street (through the Super Block?) to 21st Avenue. Turn right and go five blocks to the corner of 21st and Harris. I live at the corner. If you can’t find it, phone me at 541-954-0263.

As usual, I’ll ride my bike while you go for an easy, aerobic run. Fun!

More Newcomers for Autumn 2016

We welcome our newcomers for next fall! This week we’ve added three:

Stephen Medlar
Ph.D. student, Univ. of Georgia

Rennie Kendrick
frosh, Grant HS, Portland

Jonathan Breckheimer
frosh, Stillwater MN

And our first seven…
Carter Christman, carterxman@gmail.com, frosh, Tesoro HS, Rancho Santa Margarita CA
Justin Gallegos, justing411@gmail.com, frosh, Hart HS, Santa Clarita CA
Jessica Sumner, 4jessicasumner@gmail.com
Madeline Volk, madelinevolk17@gmail.com, frosh, St. Mary’s, Medford

Nick Rogozinski, nrogo98@gmail.com, frosh, Rancho Buena Vista HS, Vista CA
Ben Rakestraw, brakestr@uoregon.edu, frosh, Winnetka IL
Denton Wright, denton.blu.wright@gmail.com, frosh, Bend HS

Welcome! Watch the list grow…


‘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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