It’s hard to imagine that two days ago I was amongst some of the most talented runners in
America. The Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon – the mecca of Track & Field – I felt like a kid in
a candy store. Inspiration, drive, and hard work seep through the historic Hayward Field; allowing
dreams to be made and records to be broken. Not only did I get to witness some intense races,
I also took in the character of Eugene. From it’s overwhelming growth of greenery, to the endless
trails at every corner, I smiled and took it all in.
Staying at the Brooks House, we met dedicated athletes and specialty running retailers who
all were held captive by the atmosphere the Trials create. Pure courage, mental drive, strength,
and high emotions were all witnessed. It was where you left it all on the track.
Standing in front of Pre’s Rock was surreal. Steve Prefontaine was like no other – cocky as hell,
but fast and gutsy. He will forever be a legend in the running community.
Spending the weekend running through Pre’s Trail, Amazon Trails, Dorris Ranch, and
Spencer Butte, I was never at a loss for places to explore. By far my most rewarding run was
climbing 2055 feet up Spencer Butte. Reaching the summit, joy and a sense of freedom overtook
me. The meaning of running ran through my head – it’s the places you go, the things you see, the
strength you achieve, and the happiness that is bound to be found.
Have you ever been to Eugene? I think the west is calling my name for my next big travels.