TrackTown12 Official Power Anthem contest winner announced
1/19/2012 12:00 AM
Albany duo Little Rascalz pens winning anthem for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials – Track & Field
EUGENE, Ore. – (Jan. 19, 2012) –– Eugene radio stations 104.7 KDUK and 101.5 KFLY announced today the winner of the Official Power Anthem contest for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Track & Field taking place at Historic Hayward Field June 21 – July 1. Listeners selected “Run this Town” by Albany duo Little Rascalz.
In November the contest was launched in partnership with Eugene radio stations 104.7 KDUK and 101.5 KFLY to select the official power anthem of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Track & Field. Contestants were asked to perform original lyrics capturing the spirit of TrackTown USA. Entries could include a video to accompany the power anthem.
In early January, Little Rascalz was selected as one of four finalists, including Eugene artists Matt Barnhart and The Cat Like Reflexes and Rob Tobias and The Northwest Express. Fans voted online through Jan. 18.
Comprised of lifelong friends Trey Kenyon, 19, and Michael Shogren, 20, Little Rascalz’s power anthem “Run this Town” showcases their unique brand of electronic infused pop music. Shogren, a former cross-country runner for Western Oregon University and a huge fan of track and field, found the opportunity to write and perform a song about track and field “just kind of perfect.”
Shogren primarily wrote the lyrics, and Kenyon contributed to music composition and production for “Run this Town,” a catchy, upbeat anthem that captures the soul of TrackTown.
"We are thrilled that our song "Run This Town" was chosen to be the TrackTown12 Power Anthem. As two enthusiastic track and field fans, we couldn't be more excited to be a part of the Olympic Trials,” said Kenyon. “Thank you to all of our fans for the support and best of luck to the athletes in their preparation."
Little Rascalz will be awarded two all-session tickets to the eight-day trials in Eugene and invitations to perform the official anthem at TrackTown12 events. The duo will perform “Run this Town” live, for the first time, at TrackTown Tuesday at The Old Pad Jan. 31, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event is open to the public and also features Coach Vin Lananna talking with Olympic-caliber athletes.
"We are thrilled with the response about the contest and the trials. All of the entries were really good, but the Little Rascalz did an outstanding job with their song,” said TrackTown12 co-chair Greg Erwin.
Formed in May 2010, Little Rascalz is currently working to complete the group’s second album and looks to continued success in 2012 and a growing Oregon and national fan base.
Tickets Remain for Trials
All-session tickets to TrackTown12 are expected to sell out, so fans are encouraged to purchase ticket packages as early as possible. All-session ticket packages are available online at TrackTown12.com, by phone at 800-932-3668 or in Eugene at the University of Oregon Autzen Stadium south ticket building only. Single-day tickets will be available in Spring 2012.
For the full competition schedule, visit TrackTown12.com.
TrackTown12, the U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Track & Field competition, and free, 10-day, 20-acre interactive fan experience, will take place in Eugene, Ore. from June 22 to July 1, 2012. The Olympic Trials competition is the largest national championship track meet in the world and will select the athletes to represent Team USA at the London Olympic Games in 2012. The TrackTown12 fan experience is produced by SportsOne, a leading national sports and entertainment marketing agency based in Beaverton, Ore. SportsOne also produced the fan experience at Eugene08, the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Track & Field. For the extensive sustainability efforts at Eugene08, the OTC and LOC received the International Olympic Committee’s inaugural Sport and the Environment Award for North America in March 2009.