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Achieving Your Dreams at The Y

There is an immense pressure from the world to know what you want to be when you “grow up”. I remember being that college freshman scrambling to choose a major. Boy was it tough! I ended up taking the list of majors and marking off what I DIDN’T want to do.

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Vin Lanana Offers Free Coaching to Eugene Locals

Legendary University of Oregon track and field coach Bill Bowerman started a tradition 50 years ago by reaching out to the community and teaching classes to first-time joggers and walkers to introduce them to aerobic exercise. Vin Lanana is now continuing that tradition.

Tags: This Week in Runners, Y, YMCA, Running, coaches who care, free running classes, free coaching, Vin Lanana, Bill Bowerman, Roy Griak

Evan Jager Falls on Last Hurdle and Still Smashes American Record

By far the most exciting race at the Paris Diamond League meet Sunday was the steeplechase, featuring some of the world's best, including former world leader Ezekiel Kemboi, Jairus Kipchoge Birech and Evan Jager. Jager gapped the field and was on track to win in around 7:56-57 when he fell on the last hurdle. He got up and ran 8:00.45 for 2nd place.

Tags: This Week in Runners, Y, YMCA, Running, Evan Jager, American Record, steeplechase, Paris Diamond League, Genzebe Dibaba

What is your greatness doing today?

This past spring I found myself in a familiar position – getting ready for a no-hold barred game of Ultimate Frisbee at the state of Florida’s “Leaders Rally.” The twice-a-year gathering of teen leaders in Y programs is known for character development (which of course has to include Ultimate, right?)

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