Seeing World Records in TrackTown USA

The road to London and the Olympics this year for Track and Field came through Eugene, also known as TrackTown USA. Featuring top-notch athletes from across the country, a huge fan festival, live music and more, the Olympic Trials ran from June 21-July 1, 2012.

I attended the events on Saturday, June 23 at historic Hayward Field to cheer on the decathletes and sprinters. With seats right in from of the finish line, it proved to be one exciting day of races.

The climax of the day’s events by far was watching Ashton Eaton cross the finish line of the 1,500m in seconds under is personal record to set a new world record for the decathlon, take gold at the meet and move on as a member of Team USA to the Olympics!

Check out all the events, results and photos from the trials in Eugene at TrackTown USA

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Hiking along the Umpqua River

To celebrate National Trails Day and to enjoy the outdoors, I joined up with a bunch of women from my church in Eugene for a day of hiking along the Umpqua River in southern Oregon. Following a portion of the Rogue-Umpqua Scenic Byway, we stopped for three short hikes to beautiful cascading waterfalls on the north Umpqua. Each building in size and awe-power, the waterfalls filled the day with relaxing river sounds and a chance to get away and enjoy the fellowship of other women in the wild! Continue reading