Coach's Update

Track meets in March. Marathon in April!

Hey there, UO Running Club — (Saturday, February 17, 2024)

We’re just two weeks away from our first track meet, the Willamette Opener in Salem on Saturday, March 2. You can start entering now. There will be a $10 cash entry fee on meet day. Details below.

The week after Willamette there is a bigger meet here in Eugene, the Lane Opener, on Saturday, March 9, at Lane Community College. No entry fee for us because I announce that meet. You’ll need to provide your own transportation to Lane which is just three miles from campus.

The Eugene Marathon and Half are just ten weeks away!

Track workouts on Hayward Field have been excellent. Eleven more Tuesdays this season!

Eighty-one people have paid their $50 Club fee.


The Willamette Opener (Sat, March 2 in Salem) is small and has most events but no relays or steeplechase. The 1500m and 5000m are back-to-back. You can’t do both.

Teams include Mt. Hood CC, Western Oregon, Corban, OSU (women), Husson Univ. (Bangor, Maine) and host Willamette.

They can sprint in both directions at Willamette, so the sprints will NOT be into the wind.

You must pay a $10 entry fee in cash on meet day.

Check the events below, then let me know what you want to enter. Email me at or text me at 541-954-0263.

**Your entry deadline is Sunday, February 24, at 7pm.**

Events: Saturday, March 2, 2024 – WILLAMETTE OPENER

FIELD EVENTS — (no triple jump)
10:00 am Men’s discus (Women to follow)
   Women’s High Jump (Men to follow)
   Men’s Pole Vault (Women to follow)
   Women’s Shot Put (Men to follow)
12:00 pm Women’s Javelin (Men to follow)
   Women’s Long Jump (Men to follow)
2:00 pm Women’s Hammer (Men to follow)

10:30 am Women’s 100m Hurdles
10:45 am Men’s 110m Hurdles
11:00 am Women’s 1500m
11:10 am Men’s 1500m
11:20 am Women’s 5,000m
11:45 am Men’s 5,000m
12:10 pm Women’s 100m
12:15 pm Men’s 100m
12:25 pm Women’s 400m
12:30 pm Men’s 400m
12:40 pm Women’s 800m
12:50 pm Men’s 800m
1:10 pm Women’s 400IH
1:15 pm Men’s 400IH
1:25 pm Women’s 200m
1:30 pm Men’s 200m


The Lane Opener is on Saturday, March 9, at Lane CC, three miles from UO campus. It’s a much bigger, longer meet. There are no seats at Lane; there is no roof. Entry for UO Running Club is free in return for me being the meet announcer.

Running events probably start at 11am and end at 5pm. Field events may start at 10am.

The Lane meet has all running events thru 5000m including 4x100 and 4x400 relays.

I’m not taking entries yet for this meet. It’s open to almost everyone!


The OSU PNW meet is in Corvallis on Saturday, March 16. Our faster runners probably can get into this meet.

All field events. There is a flat 3000m race, not a 5000m. Steeplechase might be 2000m.

This is the weekend before final exams.


The Oregon Preview (at Hayward Field) is listed now as Friday-Saturday, March 22-23, the first weekend of spring break.

We probably can get our fastest runners into this meet, but there is no info available.

The Willamette Invitational in Salem is that Saturday. It has qualifying standards. We will not provide transportation. You will have to enter yourself and pay entry fee. Meet info is here:


Mon, Feb 19 — 3pm: relaxed run from IM field.

Tue, Feb 20 — 6pm (YOU MUST BE ON TIME. The gate opens and closes at 6pm.) Do your warmup run before arrival at southeast corner of Hayward Field across from the fire station on Agate at 17th.

Middle distance runners:
Drills, relaxed strides
2 x 800m (first: negative split off 3000m date pace, second: slower/faster 200s) 400 j-w
2 x 600m (first: 3000m date pace, second: each 200 faster) 400m j-w
2 x 400m (first: 1500m date pace, second: negative split) 200m j-w [extra 200m after set]
2 x 200m (fast and relaxed) 200m j-w [extra 200m after set]
1 x choice

Distance runners:
Drills, relaxed strides
1200m (5000m date pace) with 400m jog-walk
800m (3000m date pace) with 400m jog-walk
400m (1500m date pace) with 200m jog-walk
Repeat 1200m, 800m, 400m…then:
optional 1 x 1600m (what can you do?)

Drills, relaxed strides
1 x 300m (serious!) 6:00+ rest
3 x 150m (float 50, fast 50, float 50) walk back
3 x 30m (buildup, high speed 30, ease out) walk back...or 3 x 30m from standing start
1 x 300m (serious again!)

Wed , Feb 21 — 3pm: relaxed run from IM field.

Thur, Feb 22 — 3pm: relaxed run from IM field, plus abs or planks (both?).

Fri, Feb 23 — 3pm: relaxed run from IM field or lactate threshold workout (tempo run 15-20 minutes, or cruise intervals 3-4 x 4:00 with 1:00 jog)

Sat, Feb 24 — on your own: exploring run.

Sun, Feb 25 — on your own: longest run of week … or a nap. Now nine weeks ’til marathon and half.


81 people have already paid their fee for Club. How about you?

Your first week of Club attendance is free. After that it’s $50 for the rest of the school year. What a bargain! Here’s how you pay:

— Bring $50 cash to any workout, or
— Bring a check for $50 made out to “UO Running Club”, or
— Go online to this link, click on “relaunch”, then scroll down to Running Club: — Go online to our website, In the upper right corner click on “donate”, then “electronic donation”. We are the Club Sports Running Fund. If you donate this way, please let me know. I don’t have easy access to who donates this way.

Thank you, one and all!


It’s not too early to look forward to the biggest road races in Eugene! They are on Saturday, April 27 (5km), and Sunday, April 28 (Eugene Marathon and Half-Marathon). They all finish in Hayward Field! Here’s the link:

In the 5km race, if you beat Flapjack (men) or Flapjill (women), you win a year’s supply of Krusteaz pancake mix...


These are all meets which at least some of our athletes might have access to.
We will NOT attend all of them.

Sat., March 2 | Willamette Opener | Salem
                [likely open to many of our runners]

Sat, March 9 | Lane CC Open | Eugene
                [probably open to many of our runners]

Sat., March 16 | OSU PNW Invitational | Corvallis
                [likely open to our fastest runners]

Fri-Sat, March 22-23 | UO Preview | Hayward Field
                [maybe open to our fastest…begin spring break]
Sat., March 23 | Willamette Invitational | Salem
                [start of spring break…must provide own transportation]]

Fri, Apr 5 | John Knight Twilight | Western Oregon | Monmouth
                [open to many]
Sat, Apr 6 | Jenn Boyman Invitational | Linfield
                [open to many]

Sat, Apr 13 | Lane Invitational | LCC | Eugene
                [open to many]

Fri-Sat, Apr 19-20 | Raider Invitational | Southern Ore, Ashland
                [open to many]

Fri-Sat, Apr 26-27 | OSU High Performance | Corvallis
                [our fastest runners might qualify]

Fri, May 3 | Oregon Twilight | Hayward Field
                [our fastest runners might qualify]
Sat, May 4 | Portland Twilight | Lewis & Clark
                [many of our runners might qualify]
Sat, May 4 | Linfield Open | McMinnville

Sat, May 11 | Portland Distance Carnival | Lewis & Clark


For the 2023-24 school year, all Club members, both returning and new, must sign up before actually running with the group. If you signed up during fall term ‘23, that covers you for the whole school year.

Here’s the link:

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 and has been coaching the Running Club since.

In 2021 Bob Williams has begun to coach with the Club too, after many years coaching in Portland.

In the Fall we compete in collegiate cross country races throughout Oregon.

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 Club record breakers.

Club members receive an e-mailed workout schedule for the following week every Sunday.

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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