TrackTown Tuesday returns in 2018 with an action packed first show
The Oregon women’s track & field and cross country teams rewrote the collegiate history book in 2017 with their momentous triple crown and a third recipient of the Bowerman Award. Come join us in celebrating those remarkable achievements with Raevyn Rogers as well as a trio of current Ducks – Katie Rainsberger, Hannah Cunliffe, and Brooke Feldmeier – on January 9 at the Downtown Athletic Club for the first TrackTown Tuesday of 2018.
TrackTown USA President Vin Lananna will serve as host of TrackTown Tuesday, and will preview the exciting year ahead. Sasha Spencer Atwood, Director of External Affairs at TrackTown USA, will reprise her role as emcee.
Rogers was an integral part of the triple crown, dazzling spectators at the NCAA Outdoor Championships with her awe-inspiring final leg in the 4x400m relay. Rogers ended her prodigious collegiate career with five individual NCAA titles and the honor of being selected as the 2017 winner of the Bowerman.
Rainsberger, Cunliffe, and Feldmeier each represent a highlight of the road to the triple crown. Rainsberger was a member of all three championship teams, starting things off with a 4th place finish at the 2016 NCAA Cross Country Championships. Cunliffe featured prominently during the 2017 NCAA Indoor Championships with her big win in the 60m. Feldmeier’s breakthrough 3rd place performance in the 800m at the NCAA Outdoor Championships earned valuable points that helped push her team to victory.
The Duck women will not be the only stars under the spotlight – we will also be joined by Oregon Track Club Elite newcomer and former Oregon standout Luke Puskedra. Puskedra was an 11-time All-American at UO. He has completed 7 marathons as a professional and ran his 2:10:24 marathon PR in 2015. He placed 4th in the marathon at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials and will be competing at the Houston Half Marathon on Jan. 14.
Finally, we will be honoring the Lane Community College men’s cross country team, who claimed another Northwest Athletic Conference title this past fall. The LCC men had all five of their runners finish inside the top 20, including a 1-2 podium finish for their top competitors.
The popular town hall meetings – now in their 12th season – 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. Parking is available in the adjacent Overpark.
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.