SUPERSTAR LINEUP FOR Special Edition of TrackTown Tuesday!
A recognition of the 30th anniversary of OTC Elite Head Coach Mark Rowland’s Olympic bronze medal. A celebration of Duck alum Phyllis Francis’ surprise gold medal at the IAAF World Championships London 2017. A welcoming of the new Oregon distance coaches, Helen Lehman-Winters and Ben Thomas. An honoring of track and field legend Dick Fosbury and the 50th anniversary of his gold medal at the 1968 Olympics.
You are not going to want to miss the special fall edition of TrackTown Tuesday on October 16 at the Downtown Athletic Club. The evening will be emceed by Sasha Spencer Atwood, the Director of External Affairs at TrackTown USA.
Dick Fosbury was the high jump champion at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City. TrackTown Tuesday will mark 50 years, nearly to the day, of his historic gold medal performance. Fosbury, an Oregon State University alum, is also the inventor of the Fosbury Flop, a method used to clear the high jump bar that has since been universally adopted as the discipline’s primary technique. After the show, Fosbury will be selling and signing copies of his book “The Wizard of Foz” alongside his co-author Bob Welch.
Helen Lehman-Winters joined Oregon track and field as an associate head coach after 15 years at the University of San Francisco. She led that program to a second-place finish at the 2017 NCAA Cross Country Championships. Ben Thomas, who arrived in Eugene after 17 years at Virginia Tech, will also serve as an associate head coach. In 2017, the USTFCCCA named him the national men’s assistant coach of the year.
Former Duck Phyllis Francis shocked the world when she stormed down the homestretch to claim victory in the women’s 400m at the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London. Francis was also a member of the gold-medal-winning 4x400m relay at the Rio Olympics. At one time, Francis held both the American indoor 400m record and the NCAA indoor 400m record, running 50.46 while she was competing for the University of Oregon.
Mark Rowland is currently in his 10th year as Head Coach of the OTC Elite. His athletes have won Olympic and World Championships medals, been Diamond League champions, and set national records. Though his list of achievements in coaching is long, his own credentials as an athlete set him apart. His British record of 8:07.96 in the 3,000m steeplechase has stood since the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, the same race which earned him the bronze medal. In fact, no countryman has come within four seconds of his record.
The popular town hall meetings are free and open to the public. Doors open at 6 p.m. for a social hour, followed by the one-hour show at 7 p.m.
As always, $5 appetizers from the DAC and $3 pints of beer from Hop Valley Brewing Company will be available for purchase. Free parking is available in the adjacent Overpark.
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TrackTown Tuesday 2019 Schedule
Dates will be announced soon!
Downtown Athletic Club: Free parking is available in the adjacent Overpark.
Social Hour, Food, and Beverages
Shows at the Downtown Athletic Club will have food available for purchase as well as beer with complimentary coffee, tea, and water. Social hour begins at 6pm.