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The Pre-Pre

TrackTown, USA: Just a quick update and a few photos from our day in Eugene. First things first: we went to Cafe Yumm! for lunch. Cafe Yumm! is our "Tacos Gonzalez equivalent" lunch spot while we are in Oregon.

I had the Hot 'n' Jazzy with tofu. I always have the Hot 'n' Jazzy with tofu.

DT spent the afternoon in meetings and I spent the afternoon in the motorhome needlepointing. I had more fun than Dave.

Later, we met Mary and Steve at a pub for dinner and then we went to watch one hour of races at Historic Hayward Field. Tomorrow is the Prefontaine Classic, and the meet has a tight two-hour time slot on NBC. To showcase even more races, the meet now has several longer races and invite the public to attend - free of charge.

Obviously not a lot going on in Eugene, or obviously why this town is called TRACKTOWN USA? Both grandstands were full tonight for one hour of track races, a men's javelin and pole vault competition. (Okay, the best pole vaulters and javelin throwers in the world just happened to be competing this evening.)

The four races were a 800m and 1500m for women, and a 800m and two mile for men. A two mile is rarely raced and these guys were going for records... but it was really cold - mid-60s - and really windy.

A few photos from the races:

Women's 1500m start

First lap of men's two mile - Kirubel Erassa and Lopez Lomong were the pace setters

Later in the two mile

Who is this 18-year-old kid, Selemon Barega?

Barega wins the race in 8 minutes, 20 seconds

Another great night of the One True Sport. More tomorrow.

See results here.

Until my next update, I remain, your happy correspondent.

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