The 12th season of “TrackTown Tuesday” begins on Jan. 9, 2018 at the Downtown Athletic Club.
From humble beginnings in 2007 – when a small gathering of around 30 people showed up in the Bowerman Building lobby to hear about plans for the 2008 Olympic Trials – these free monthly town hall meetings have evolved into highly anticipated community events.
Hosted by TrackTown USA President Vin Lananna, the shows provide an entertaining forum in which long supportive fans are able to connect with local athletes, coaches and other distinguished guests while getting the inside scoop on the latest news from TrackTown USA.
Today, the events have become so popular that each session routinely attracts between 200 and 300 people, who are treated to a wide variety of special guests, exclusive videos, ticket giveaways, prize drawings, refreshments and insider information.
So, mark your calendar for the following dates:
- January 9
- February 6
- March 6
- April 3
- May 1
- June 5 (Hayward Field)
TrackTown Tuesday 2018 Schedule
- Tuesday, January 9, Downtown Athletic Club, Eugene
- Tuesday, February 6, Downtown Athletic Club, Eugene
- Tuesday, March 6, Downtown Athletic Club, Eugene
- Tuesday, April 3, Downtown Athletic Club, Eugene
- Tuesday, May 1, Downtown Athletic Club, Eugene
- Tuesday, June 5, Hayward Field, Eugene
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.
TrackTown Tuesday History
Twelve years have passed since the inaugural “Tuesdays in TrackTown” town hall meeting.
The first edition was held in the lobby of the Bowerman Building on the northwest corner of Hayward Field on March 6, 2007.
A small crowd of about 30 people from all walks of life showed up to learn more about a variety of track and field topics, in particular, the growing buzz surrounding ambitious plans for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials.
Vin Lananna, in his second season as director of track and field for the University of Oregon, was the host of the event. He gave a brief, but enthusiastic presentation on the Trials, the planned renovation of Hayward Field, the newly formed Oregon Track Club Elite and the upcoming outdoor season for the Ducks.
It was a modest affair, with free cookies and coffee, and its target audience was the Eugene-Springfield community, reminiscent of the way former UO track and field coach Bill Bowerman engaged local citizens via youth all-comer’s meets and ground-breaking jogging classes in the 1950s and ‘60s.
In starting “Tuesdays in TrackTown,” Lananna’s goal was to provide a forum to connect long supportive fans with the most recent news on what’s going on in TrackTown USA.
Today, the event has become more popular than he could ever imagine, routinely attracting between 200-300 people at each session.
TrackTown Tuesday is now a highly anticipated community event each month during track season with a master of ceremonies, special guests, exclusive videos, prizes, refreshments and a platform for debuting T&F announcements.
People who attend TrackTown Tuesday are the first to hear about plans and developments for upcoming events in TrackTown USA.