Cleared, or not, first day

Hey there, UO Running Club — (Saturday, September 26, 2020)

We’ve gotten this far, now let’s see what we can do together! You all received a mid-week email explaining how we hope to approach Club runs this fall. It’s up to each of us to keep everyone else safe and healthy.

Let’s see if we can do it! Remember, wear a mask/face covering to the 3pm runs! Stay 10 feet apart on the fields.

First run is at 3pm on Tuesday beginning on the rec field next to the rec center.

Our Club rules and recommendations are repeated at the bottom of this email.


Before you do your first run with the group, you MUST submit the online Club registration form and it must be CLEARED by the Club Sports office.

Do not expect that you can sign up and then be able to run with us an hour or two later. This could take awhile! There are 40 clubs on campus.

Here, again, is the link to sign-up. Like voting, do it as soon as you can!



The construction fences are gone! The new intramural rec fields are green and lush.

We will ask for a donation of only $20 to the Running Club this fall, not $50. No travel, no cross country. First week is free.

We will have an infrared thermometer at every 3pm run. Our daily leader will record your name for contact tracing and take your temperature.


We don’t know yet how long it will take to CLEAR you through the Club Sports office. There are increased liability concerns! If you are not yet cleared, even though you did the online sign-up, you will NOT be able to run with us at 3pm.

You won't know until you get there!

Eric Beyerle or Magda van Leeuwen (our Club officers) or coach Jake Willard will be the daily leaders at our afternoon runs. Be patient as we start this.


If you choose to get a COVID test, choices include several Nova Urgent Care sites and probably the UO Health Service.

Nova has drive-in testing at their clinics at 13th and Patterson, at 2710 Willamette St, and out on West 11th in the Fred Meyer parking lot.

Bring your ID and insurance card. ‘Not sure of the cost.


Most days we just go for relaxed runs. You decide where and how far you will go. Remember, masks on as you run cross campus, don’t run in a group, stay AWAY from pedestrians.

Once or twice a week, how about doing something harder?

Tuesday, if you wish, I’d suggest doing minute runs on Pre’s Trail or Rexius Trail. The classic minute run is 60 seconds at cross country race pace, followed by just 30 seconds of jogging. If you can’t recover in 30 seconds, either slow down the 60-second run, walk the 30 seconds, or increase the jog to maybe 60 seconds. Now matter how you do it, the workout gets over pretty fast. Do at least 10 reps and no more than 20.

‘Need a second workout during the week? Maybe on Friday? How about a tempo run or cruise intervals? They’re both run at “lactate threshold” which is slower than 10km race pace and slower than XC race pace. A tempo run can be about 20 minutes of continuous running. It’s faster than your steady run pace but you don’t look like you’re racing. Cruise intervals are the exact same thing but with a minute of jogging after every 3-4 minutes. They’re pretty fun!

Every run we do is optional. Confused? Check with Eric or Jake or Magda.


The turf fields are open, the square track is open. There’s a new grassy hill below the tennis building. Create your own workout! Rob Fritz will have some training ideas.

Most importantly, for safety, maintain your spacing. Have your mask with you at all times!


Eric Beyerle, Josh Gordon, and Jake Matyas made it through the men’s first round of the virtual tournament of elimination races last week. The top 25 times in the Pacific Coast region for 5km advanced to the second round. Eric ran 15:39 and tied for 4th. Josh Gordon got 22nd with 16:52.

Freshman Jake Matyas is from Boulder, Colorado. He advanced with 18:27 (including the altitude conversion) for a 15th place tie in the Rocky Mountain region.

Renee Gordon got 19th in the women’s 5km (18:38) and advanced.

Renee and Josh are both masters competing in the open races.

The next round is 8km in a “dual meet” with the top 25 runners from the Pacific and top 25 from the Rockies. Jake gets to race at sea level this time! The top 25 times advance to round three!

ABSENTEE BALLOT? (same as last week)

Have you arranged for your absentee ballot yet? Here’s a website to show you how to vote in your state and where your ballot will be sent: .

Most of you are eligible to vote in a national election for the first time.

This is vital to us all. It’s about your future.


Here are our twenty-four known newcomers. Welcome, all!

Emma McEvoy, Marist HS, Atlanta, GA, emmacaroline2020@gmail.com
Jordyn Holland, jr, Lane CC (South Eugene HS), jorddynh@gmail.com
Jacob Powell, jake.powell2002@icloud.com

Themistocles Frangias, Lincoln Park HS, Chicago, tjfrangias@cps.edu
Toby Harvey, (Tobias), UO grad student, Computer Science, tharvey@cs.uoregon.edu
Macy Farrara, frosh, Clackamas HS, macysaigefarrara@gmail.com

Augie Witkowski, UO grad student Chem., College of St Benedict, MN augiew@uoregon.edu
Lily McAndrews, frosh, Carmel HS, Carmel IN, lilymca541@gmail.com
Keaton Ibendahl, frosh, Nerinx Hall HS, St. Louis MO, keatoni@uoregon.edu

Bella Demachkie, UO grad student Chem., bdemachk@uoregon.edu
Charlotte Roder, frosh, Gov. Livingston HS, Berkeley Heights, NJ croder@uoregon.edu
Brock Nelson, frosh, Westview HS, Portland, brock.o.nelson@gmail.com

Lily SlatonBarker, frosh, West Anchorage HS, AK, lilycloverrose@mtaonline.net
Kristen Burris, frosh, Portland, kburris@uoregon.edu
Ada Swartley, frosh, Grant HS, Portland, adaswartley@gmail.com

Gabrielle Coffing, continuing UO grad student, Depauw, gcoffing@uoregon.edu
Acadia DiNardo, continuing UO grad student, Vassar, acadiad@uoregon.edu
Lauren Hessel, frosh, laurenhessel0@gmail.com

Jake Matyas, UO soph, Boulder HS, COLO, jmatyas5@uoregon.edu
Owen Pugh, frosh, Maria Carrillo HS, Santa Rosa CA, Owen_Pugh@outlook.com
Hadley Dixon Berger, frosh, Presentation HS, San Jose CA, hadleyd@uoregon.edu

Rachel Peterson, UO student, rpeter11@uoregon.edu
Sam Perkins, spp@uoregon.edu
Neela Ropp, frosh, Centennial HS, Pueblo COLO, neelar@uoregon.edu

REAL RACES HERE (same as last week)

These are NOT Running Club events. If you choose to enter any of these races, do NOT wear a Club singlet. Enter yourself “unattached”.

Sun, Sept 27 Miles of Mozart Eugene 5km, 10km Alton Baker Pk 9am
Sun, Oct 4 Fall Creek Run Around Fall Creek 5km, 15km, marathon
Thur, Oct 8 OTC Monthly #8 Eugene 5km Pre’s Trail
Sat, Oct 31 Costume Caper Eugene 10km, 5km
Sun, Nov 1 Autumn Trails Eugene 3.5 miles, 6 mi, 10 mi, 16 miles
Thur, Nov 26 Turkey Trot Eugene 2 miles, 4 miles
Thur, Nov 26 Turkey Stuffer Springfield 5km

Complete schedule at: https://urldefense.com/v3/__http://www.eclecticedgeracing.com/race-calendar.html__;!!C5qS4YX3!V418UI_vsWYOxhOMMzfrJ_3q1BzhLJXnmv_k-Ua9PYZvEEbv6QKUvoQ6P0g0w3AYXw$



All dorm residents have had a COVID test and most will have been on campus for at least seven days before our first run together.

Club members not living in dorms: We recommend that you get a COVID test (with a negative result) before you first run with the Club, OR that you stay away from our Club runs for at least seven days after arriving in Eugene this fall.


We will meet on school days at 3pm beginning the first day of classes, Tuesday, Sept. 29, on the the green turf rec field between the rec center and Hayward Field.


— Self-check symptoms before arrival.
— Stay away from the walkway next to rec center. We will meet on the field wherever there are no other groups.
— Maintain 10 feet social distance at daily meeting and all running on fields.
— Leave bags/gear at daily meeting with clear separation. Better to not bring it!
— Wear a face covering/mask at daily meeting and wear it while running on campus.
— Run alone or in pairs while crossing campus, no grouping.
— Avoid pedestrians on sidewalks and at corners! Make it clear that our runners are trying to keep distanced from people!


Each day one person will oversee our group, usually one of the student officers or a coach. The leader —
— will ask if you’ve done a self-check for symptoms and will observe.
— will keep a daily attendance list for contact tracing purposes.
— will have a box of masks.
— will stay on the field until all runners have returned and will oversee runners until they leave practice.
— will encourage suggestions from runners.

We begin!

Please…help us be successful,

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?
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