Race! Stadium... Track Meet?

Hello, UO Running Club! (May 13, 2020)

It’s week #7 of spring term. ‘Hope your mid-terms have gone well! We actually had some racing yesterday!

Several guys here in Eugene ran a virtual 5km road race, part of the Stumptown Spring Quarantine, sponsored by the Portland’s Red Lizard club. UO Club alum Kevin Cave created the local course. The start and finish must be within a half-mile of each other...one of the goals seems to be creating the greatest drop in elevation from start to finish. The course they ran yesterday had 264-foot drop, starting at a spot above Hendricks Park near Pre’s Rock and finishing at the corner of 15th and Orchard...lots of hard downhill in the first mile but a steady eight-block upgrade in the last mile before a down-slope finish.

Eric Beyerle won the local race in about 15:36. Club veteran Josh Gordon was third in 15:56. Club alum Matt Barnhart ran too. Each runner timed himself and determined by GPS where his 5km actually ended. Runners must run and submit their times between May 8 and May 16. Eric is leading right now.

Results are being accumulated at:


Hayward Field is almost done. The roof appears to be finished. Seats aren’t quite all in yet. There are still a few more flagpoles to put in between the tennis courts and Jane Sanders Stadium. The two turf fields are almost done. Fifteen of the stairway tunnels down from the second deck have a huge image of a UO track athlete facing the infield. Three of those athletes are women from my era of coaching.

All we need now is a track meet! The Pac-12 Championships were going to be this weekend here.

The Prefontaine Classic is among the Diamond League meets which have been rescheduled. It’s now supposed to be on October 4. World Athletics (formerly IAAF) hasn’t even asked UO if the stadium is available that date. The meet is iffy at best. Oregon governor Kate Brown has limited gatherings through the end of September.


The official word, as of May 6, is —

“The university currently intends to return to in-person, on-campus instruction this fall. Our fall plans will comply with Governor Kate Brown’s emerging strategy to reopen Oregon and will be informed by guidance from the Oregon Health Authority and Lane County Public Health.”

We hope to see you here for fall term!

Who’s here now? Club members who I forgot last time are: Ben Switzman, Dylan Cuatt and Mila Penrith!

Who’s coming in the fall? There are freshman runners from Eden Prairie, Minnesota, from Atlanta, and from Palmdale, California, among others. Like everyone else, though, they are looking at the value of college in an uncertain environment just a few months away.

Lane County (where UO is) has applied to Governor Brown for a “gradual phase 1 reopening” as mandated by state planning.

It still seems that Club Sports can only meet in any manner if the campus has in-person classes.


Flowers don’t know about COVID-19. The rhododendron garden up in Hendricks Park is as beautiful as ever!
‘Stay safe,

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!



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