New York Marathon, Run with Duck, NIRCA, EWEB Half

One of our new runners, grad student Mary Follo, ran the New York Marathon this morning in a lifetime best 3:06:15. That’s #2 on our Club all-time list. Mary averaged 7:07 per mile, running the first half in 1:32:48, the second half in 1:33:27. Wow!

Last weekend Josh and Renee Gordon both won the Mike Hodges Invitational cross country races at Clackamas Community College. Josh won the men’s 8km in 26:45 and Renee won the women’s 5km in 20:24. They are our two most grown-up Club members!

This morning Liam Connolly won the Run with the Duck 5km in 18:24 and Renee Gordon was fastest woman finisher in 19:56. Our results are below.

NIRCA Nationals details are coming together. Read them below.

We’re just a couple weeks away from the EWEB Half-Marathon plus 10km and 5km. The prices are at their max now, but registration is still open.

We’ll have our last hard day workout of the term on Tuesday afternoon. But we will meet every weekday at 3pm all the way through final exams!


Our travel group for NIRCA Nationals in Kentucky is: Ellie Kobak, Jake Bromham, Eric Beyerle, Evan Kwiecien, August Howell, Blake Hayes, Robert Pedersen, plus Jake Willard and Tom Heinonen.

We’ll fly from Eugene Thursday morning this week on Delta flight #5692, a 7:20am flight to Seattle, arriving in Indianapolis on Delta #331 at 5:26pm, then driving 110 miles to Louisville KY. We will stay Thursday night and Saturday night at the house of Eric Beyerle’s cousin, John Hill, at 1334 Hepburn Avenue. Eric’s mom will make us dinner on Thursday night.

Friday night we’ll be in the Guest House Inn and Suites, 2261 Elkhorn Rd, Lexington KY, near intersection of I-75 and Hwy 60. We’ll jog over the course on Friday afternoon.

The races are at Masterton Station Park in Lexington, about 10 miles from the hotel. Men’s race at 11am, women’s race at 12noon, eastern standard time (3 hour time change). Lexington is the home of the University of Kentucky.

Return flights on Sunday: leave Indianapolis at 6:06pm on Delta #331 to Seattle, continuing on Delta #5743, arriving in Eugene at 10:57pm Sunday.


Your cost for the trip is $250 cash or check made out to “UO Running Club”. You pay for most meals. Club pays for the other half of the airline ticket, car rental, hotel, entry fee.


Be on our ball crew! We can take two newcomers for each match, plus four veterans.

Matches at Matt Knight Arena:
—Friday, November 2, 8pm (7:15pm arrival), vs USC
—Sunday, November 4, 12noon (11:15am arrival), vs UCLA

Email me at or text me at 541-954-0263 for a spot!

We roll balls along the sideline and get to look the next server in the eye. Cool!

And our group earns $100 for the Running Club for each match.


Membership in UO Running Club costs just a $50 donation for the whole school year. 25 people have made the donation so far this fall:

Calvin Hodge
Magda van Leeuwen
Jack Rising
Marika Tammaru
Blake Hayes
Caela Fenton
Ana Huizar
Ryan Pole
Dylan Cuatt
Benjamin Switzman
Dana Fry
Wolf Seifer
Kirsten Meyer
Robert Pedersen
Callista Hunt
Peter Stice
Ellie Kobak
Evan Kwiecien
Emma Stevenson
Jake Bromham
Eric Beyerle
Champ Davis
Ben Schoonover
Ben Rakestraw
Matt McCausland



Our champions are Liam Connolly and Renee Gordon! And Joelie Gordon, age one, who was pushed in a baby-jogger by Renee or Josh…

Men — 60 finishers
1. Liam Connolly 18:24
5. Josh Gordon 19:53
41. Brandon Sov 29:40

Women — 87 finishers
1. Renee Gordon 19:56
4. Sydney Fisher 21:52
5. Anna Maré 21:52
7. Mikayla Cruz-Nicklas 22:21
13. Audrey Landes 25:16
20. Robyn Metcalfe 27:10

Complete results: https://eclecticedgeracing.overallraceresults.com/pages/overall_results/160/


The return of Ryan Jones?

There’s a half-marathon in Eugene next Sunday, November 18. Many of our Club runners have used it as an end-of-the-term goal. There are also cheaper 10km and 5km road races the same day. Link is here: http://www.eclecticedgeracing.com/eweb-run-to-stay-warm.html

It’s the “late registration” period now, but there might still be spots open with the discount code.

Discount code: UOCLUB18 …for 10% off half marathon, 10K or 5K. Valid through 10 p.m. Nov. 17. Only good for the first 15 people who use it.


*Monday, November 5: 3pm -- meet next to the intramural field for aerobic run or field conditioning...plus abs, planks, barefoot strides.

*Tuesday, November 6: 3pm — meet on the sidewalk next to the intramural field for a 12-15 minute warmup run to Washburn Park on Agate Street between 20th and 21st for 4 short uphill/sidehill/downhill loops on the grass. Then jog to Pioneer Cemetery at 18th and University Street for 4 x 300m strides.

*Wednesday, November 7: 3pm -- meet next to the intramural field for aerobic run or field conditioning...plus strides, abs, planks.

*Thursday, November 8: 3pm -- meet next to the intramural field for aerobic run or field conditioning...plus strides, abs, planks. Or fly to NIRCA Nationals.

*Friday, November 9: 3pm — meet next to the intramural field for relaxed, end-of-week run.

*Saturday, November 10: Race at NIRCA Nationals in Kentucky… Or, on your own, go for an exploring run.

*Sunday, November 11: Go long or medium run getting ready for EWEB half marathon next weekend, take a nap, then consider studying. Or fly from NIRCA.


Is it time to commit to the Eugene Marathon next spring? Or the half-marathon?

Here is a $10 discount code from Jake Willard: JakeEM19

Dates and entry info is at: https://www.eugenemarathon.com/


It's a very quick sign up. ‘Gotta do it to run with the Club.

1. Go to: https://orgsync.com/login/university-of-oregon and log in with your Duck ID
2. Search "Running Club" and go to the home page
3. Click "Join Now" in the right hand corner
4. Click the subtitle "Forms"
5. Select: REGISTRATION-Club Members 2018-2019
6. Begin form.


Check this link to road races in our local area …including Halloween possibilities:


‘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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