Seriously, folks, I was walking back from the stadium on Monday afternoon and sitting over the bus stop, just by Agate and fifteenth street was Jimi Hendrix. Well, the guy looked like Hendrix, fiftyish, the stylish flamenco type outfit and droopy hat, with Afro that our favorite guitarist wore at Monterrey Pop. Anyhow, I asked him what he was doing, if he had any message to his fans, his people.
He told me that he had come to see the Trials and the 800 meters would be “righteous”.He also told me that he really thought that Barack Obama needed a person of the people for his running mate. When I asked him who that should be, he looked at me, smiled, and then a knowing laugh appeared as he muttered the words, ” Mr. Green is my man….” Then, he quietly disappeared into the crowded Track Town Festival.
Was it a coincidence? I think not, dear readers. As we all know, Mr. Green is residing at the Villard Street Pub most nights. Last evening many of the sports finest coaches, sports agents, and athletes were found at the environs, exchanging banter on the greatest 800 meter race EVER, the race of the trials. I myself, first telling Nick Symmonds that I was not a stalker, did tell him that I worship him. But, hey, all in a good day in Eugene, Oregon.
Make sure you visit the Villard Street Pub. You can sample many of the fine Oregon Micro Beers and Wines, check out PCS apparel, adidas footwear, Running Network publications, Saucony footwear, or just hang out with friends. For the gourmand, I might suggest the blue cheese sliders, fish and chips, or perhaps the hummus plate.
Remember, the Hootie Race is coming up!
Brothers and Sisters!
Well, if you are here you KNOW that the Trials have COMPLETELY LIVED UP TO THE HYPE as the Best Track Meet in the World! And will continue to Amaze and Excite. There have been some real Fun Moments and Crazy Stuff going on (maybe I should blog this stuff!) but I have tried to capture the Highlights and Upcoming Events belowâ€¦.One thing for sure THE VILLARD ST. CLUB IS THE PLACE TO BE!!- With Coaches, athletes, agents, and the true Culture of the Sport coming together in a relaxed atmosphereâ€¦.
I AM DEPENDING ON YOU TO SPREAD THE WORD TO CONTINUE THIS INCREDIBLE MOMENTUM!
www.runnerspace.com is Covering All Events at the Pubâ€¦.GO THERE NOW TO SEE INTERVIEW WITH MR. GREEN!!
Hootie #2 Date Changed!- NOW FRIDAY @10 AM at the Villard Pub
We had just under 80 finishers last Saturday on a very fast Hootie Course (13:35 winner) and before you start whining about the course being short THINK ABOUT IT! Donâ€™t you really need a PR at this time in your life? Well, Dr. Joe Vigil, our Grand Marshal Starter will be there to help you with some last Minute tipsâ€¦..and then, Rogue Ales (un-official Race Alliance partner), will also be there to help you get your day started with a Frosty Beverage and Adidas and Pacific Coast Sportswear (semi-unofficial Race Alliance Orchestrators) will be there to help with A LOT OF PRIZES FOR MANY PEOPLE! So show up at the Villard with your buddies and letâ€™s have some funâ€¦
Excellent Coaches for Our Excellent Clinics- Sprints/Hurdles/Relays & Distance clinics-FREE T-SHIRTS (while supplies last) & FREE ADMISSION
FRIDAY, JULY 4TH 8:30-10 AM PCS SPRINT, HURDLE, RELAYS CLINIC John Nichols-Indiana St., Director of USATF Sprint/Hurdle Development, Jim Hiserman-Author, Formerly of Sonoma St, Jack Sands-Klein Forest HS, Houston, plus others
SATURDAY, JULY 5TH 8:30- 10:15 AM SAUCONY DISTANCE CLINIC Dr. Joe Vigil-Olympic Coach, Luis Quintana-ASU, Gary Towne-Chico St, & Armando Sigueros-Jordan
Hasayâ€™s Coach, all Confirmed
CLINICS MODERATED BY MIKE FANELLI- Coach of 10+ Oly Trials Qualifiers, Multiple Ekiden Relay Team Coach, & Track Affectionado! And more things I missedâ€¦
Party Schedule for the Second Half!!- 15 Local Micro Brews & 12 Local Wines! @ The Oregon Beer and Wine Festival @ The Pub!
THURSDAY, JULY 3RD 10PM-12:30 AM ACCUSPLIT & OTHER SPONSORS COACHES APPRECIATION NIGHT A LOT OF FREE PRIZES, GIFTS, MUSIC, FUN
Coaches fill out Referral Card for Random Drawings
FRIDAY, JULY 4TH 10PM-12:30 AM SAUCONY ALL AMERICAN 4TH OF JULY BLAST OFF PARTY Some Music, a lot of Free Stuff, Trivia, etc. etc.
SATURDAY, JULY 5TH 7PM- CLOSING SUPER PARTY W/MR. GREEN & SHELLY JAMES! Mr. Green (as seen on runnerspace.com) will sing a few, and
It is Rumored he is going to MAKE A GIGANTIC ANNOUNCEMENT
RE: His Political Relationship with BARACK OBAMA!
RE: TICKETS TO THE MEET!
Tickets seem to be easily available from Scalpers and people giving them away at the Last Minuteâ€¦continue to check at the Pub Dailyâ€¦
See ya all there!
Un Official CEO of FATT (Fun at the Trials!)