Besides the regular meet schedule, which we will put on the next update, the meaning of life will be finally given to the folks who join the fun at the Villard Street Pub, about 534 yards from the lovely Hayward Field.
The right Reverend Mr. Green and the Church of What is Happening Now will be attending the festivities. It is not, dear and gentle readers, merely a rumor! As many know, Mr. Green is the man who first ran the 100 meters in 9.6 seconds, while catching a 315 foot javelin throw. We had pictures of this, but they were confiscated due to some legislation tied into the Patriot Act. Sorry, kids.
The PCS/Villard Street Pub and its surrounding area was able to bring in sponsors adidas, Saucony, PCS Sportswear, American Track & Field, and nearly two dozen of the finest micro brews and Oregon wineries! Add good food, great friends and lots of bragging by George Malley and Toby Cook about track & field and you have nine days of nirvana. The level of exaggeration should hit a fever pitch during the off days, when a) Kentucky Fried Chicken runs out of gravy, b) Toby's Ipod crashes, leaving him no more songs by the Drive By Truckers, Drag the River or Rufus Wainwright or c) George Malley provides some insights into training in the seventies.
First of all, for track geeks, this is the best track meet in the world. Face it, more US athletes will not make the US team that could take medals than just about any other of the 209 or so national teams who will be visiting Beijing in about six weeks!
Besides good food, good friends, track talk, music, dancing and coaching clinics, there will be give aways. Shooting Star Media Inc. will be giving away issues of American Track & Field, Athletes Only, and Coaching Athletics. We will also have posters of Tyson Gay, Allyson Felix and Jeremy Wariner, Jenn Stuczynski, Yelena Isinbaeyeva and Veronica Campbell. For you road running folks, we will also have samples of the 26 regional running magazines from the Running Network at the Running Network Pavilion. (We also have 1000 HIstory of Olympic Track & Field books for the asking, so ask!).
For the true geeks, Track & Field News will have a special Trials issue. And for the true, true geeks, there will be two Hall of Fame panels, which will include Bob Schul, among others!
But my Major Domo reason for going to the festivities, day in and day out, is that Mr. Green, the man who discovered Jimi Hendrix, Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks, the man who brought the summer of love to track & field, and the man who I blame for starting my son on his insatiable need for heavy metal (at the tender age of six, Adam
fell asleep in my arms at the 1992 Aggies Party in New Orleans, the music was loud, and the party was huge) , will be singing, jamming and playing. Next to seeing Mr. Green and the rumoured Men from Modesto, I can not think of how I, speaking only for myself, would want to spend an evening in Eugene, Oregon!
So, for your reading pleasure, here is the link for the PCS Villard Street Pub ( special thanks to Bob Jensen, impressario of Villard Street Pub and the man who bought into Reverend Harms vision thing on this whole world track party! . Click hear: http://www.pcsportswear.com/2008_tracktown_trials.html
Last Blast: Even More Trials Info- Film Vault Opens- '68 OT's and National Champs Discovered & Ticket Info etc.
PAST INFO ON:
-T & F News FREE Trials Issue Handout Times
- Free Adidas Poster and American Track & Field Handout Times
- Full schedule of what is happening at the Villard St. Pub/PCS Funspot!
- Details of other track stuff available at www.pcsportswear.com
THANKS FOR YOUR TOLERANCE!
Thanks to everyone for “playing along” and spreading information about the things we have going at the Villard St. Pub/ PCS Expo/ Oregon Brew and Wine Festival/etc. in Eugene during the Trials! I think we have something for everyone, and after doing this for the past 5 Olympic Trials we may have this thing figured out!
Have a Great Time!
Unofficial Host of the Trials- ’92, ’96, ’00, ’04, & ‘08
Pacific Coast Sportswear
TICKETS AVAILABLE!- I have one 8 day full session set, and two first 4 day session sets…e-mail me [email protected] if interested
LATEST NEWS- ’68 Trials Footage, Hootie Run, adidas party, vendor info, etc- READ CAREFULLY SO YOU DON’T MISS STUFF
- Rarely seen footage of the 1968 OT’s at Lake Tahoe & the 1968 National T&F Champs will be shown frequently during the Fun Times at the Villard St. Pub!
- Hootie Old Skool 5k Road Run, with featured Celebrity Starter Tommy Leonard, will stage at the Pub at 9 am on June 28th- No Charge!
- Adidas Trials Blast Off Party Launch starts on Thursday @ 4 pm with Happy Hour then the Eugene Blues All Stars! Get it rolling!
- Vendors Open @ 5 pm on Thursday, a lot of cool stuff for sale!
Pacific Coast Sportswear Website Blowing Up!
“Hopefully, delivering USA Made, Complete Sets of Uniforms Ordered & Delivered ON TIME! 100% of the Time!” Is beginning to resonate and make sense to all Levels of Coaches in the US!” said PCS Owner Al Watt, who is ALREADY at the Trials! “No one can really offer the options we offer, if fact, some colleges sponsored by shoe companies with Free Uniforms have chosen to BUY PCS because we can actually outfit their Whole Team!” “But I am here in Eugene to watch some Track and have some fun!” Stop by the Pacific Coast Sportswear booth and talk with Peanut or Al!
I am leaving at 4 am tomorrow (Wed) am for Eugene! I look forward to seeing all of you at the adidas Kick Off Party….I may even sing a song or two..