TrackTown Fitness

TrackTown Fitness gives members of the Eugene community a special opportunity for coaching by UO Associate Athletic Director—and head coach of the men’s track and field team for the 2016 Olympic Games—Vin Lananna

By UO Student Lili Wagner

University of Oregon Associate Athletic Director Vin Lananna, who was recently named head coach of the men’s track and field team for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, is on a mission to make Oregon the healthiest state in the country by the time UO hosts the 2021 IAAF World Championships at the historic Hayward Field. In this effort, Lananna is reviving a tradition rooted in community jogging classes taught by Bill Bowerman 50 years ago.

The new TrackTown Fitness program invites community members to participate in a free weekly workshop promoting running and walking for better health. TrackTown USA hopes the program can serve as a gateway to local road runs, which are some of the most popular avenues to a healthy lifestyle.

The first event, which took place Sunday September 27, drew a crowd of young and old, active and inactive alike, totaling almost 200 participants. The thirteen-week series continues through December 13, every Sunday at 8:00 a.m.

According to America’s Health Rankings by the Untied Health Foundation, Oregon ranks as the twelfth healthiest state in the country. The state has some strides to make before it can call itself number one, but initiatives like TrackTown Fitness are getting people moving and excited.