SportsEvents Magazine

DEC 2016

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December 2016 4 www.sportseventsmagazine.com Growing up in Wisconsin, I compiled an eclectic herd of sports heroes, from the quiet and unflappable Bart Starr to the flamboyant and unpredictable Al McGuire. As I hit adolescence and spent countless lonely hours running, a unique athlete rose to the top of my list. Living more than 1,700 miles from the Oregon stomping grounds of legendary runner Steve Prefontaine, I came to know him by watching his barrel-chested sprints in front of the wild crowds at Hayward Field on ABC's "Wide World of Sports." I read every word inked in Sports Illustrated by his former teammate Kenny Moore. Eventually, I stumbled upon his quote, above, which opened up for me a new perspective on the power sports. I suppose it isn't a coincidence that so many years later I would find a way to make Eugene, OR, my home. Upon arrival, I took my daughters to see Hayward Field and I felt the goose bumps rise as they gutted out an honorary lap on the track at ages 6 and 8. Watching my oldest daughter compete in the Middle School Mile in front of a full house at Hayward during the Oregon Twilight meet is unforgettable. In the years since, we've watched Eugene embrace its running history and become known as TrackTown USA. The U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials and the NCAA Track & Field Championships have made regular stops here, and we watched the city come together and rise in prominence in ways we never imagined. A lot of hard work went into that urban reputation renewal by the same type of movers and shakers who organize, run and host events all across the USA. It came from individuals recognizing that sports can be more than just competition. It's style. It's being creative. It's what all of us who touch sporting events do. SportsEvents is published monthly by Covey Communications Corp., P.O. Box 2267, Gulf Shores, AL 36547. It is mailed under standard mail rates. POSTMASTER: CHANGE SERVICE REQUESTED TO SportsEvents Subscription Office, P.O. Box 16868, North Hollywood, CA 91615. Editorial ideas and manuscripts are welcomed. However, all unsolicited manuscripts and photographs must be sent with return postage; otherwise SportsEvents cannot be responsible for returning them. Copyright 2016 by Covey Communications Corp. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part without express written permission of the publisher is strictly forbidden. EXECUTIVE OFFICES 2001 West First Street Gulf Shores, AL 36542 (251) 968-5300 / Fax (251) 968-4532 102 South Tejon Street Suite 1100 Colorado Springs, CO 80903 (719) 644-7000 MAILING ADDRESS P. O. Box 2267 Gulf Shores, AL 36547 E-MAIL info@sportseventsmagazine.com WEBSITE www.sportseventsmagazine.com PUBLISHER J. Talty O'Connor EXECUTIVE EDITOR John Rezell DIRECTOR OF SALES Shellie Kichler MARKETING SERVICES Kelsey O'Connor MANAGER MARKETING & Kayla Head COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER DESIGN SERVICES Kelly Williams MANAGER MANAGER, TRAFFIC Stephanie Eckman & PROMOTIONS FINANCE MANAGER Mandi Morrison CIRCULATION MANAGER Ashley Brokowsky CONTRIBUTING EDITORS Marcia Bradford Selena Chavis Tammy Leytham Beth Kujawski Michelle Ryan Paige Townley T. Wayne Waters EDITORIAL Jon Butler, ADVISORY BOARD Pop Warner Little Scholars Sally Johnson, National Council of Youth Sports Jamie Adams, National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Alicia McConnell, U.S. Olympic Committee James Parker, Amateur Athletic Union Don Ruedlinger, Youth Basketball of America Jon Schmieder, CSEE Huddle Up Group LETTERS FROM THE SANDBOX Tracking Down Your Identity Raz aka John Rezell Executive Editor "Some people create with words or with music or with a brush and paints. I like to make something beautiful when I run. I like to make people stop and say, 'I've never seen anyone run like that before.' It's more than just a race, it's style. It's doing something better than anyone else. It's being creative." — Steve Prefontaine

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