'If you have a body, you are an athlete.'
EUGENE, Ore. - It might be hard for many people to wake up early on a Sunday morning, but dedicated runners with Tracktown fitness were out the door and on their way to Hayward Field.
Hundreds of runners came together at the Historic Hayward Field to do one thing: Train.
In the middle of the pack was 91-year-old Colleen Milliman, a world-record setter, and the oldest woman to ever officially race a mile.
"It's never too late, and my theory is I laugh now, but there is no competition," said Milliman.
Her next goal is to set another record in the 800-meters in the annual Hayward Classic, which is hosted in the Spring. Helping her achieve her goal is Tracktown Fitness, a free, community fitness program held by Tracktown U.S.A, based on her former University of Oregon coach Bill Bowerman's principles.
"Every person, if you have a body, you are an athlete," said Vin Lananna, the 2016 U.S. Olympic Track & Field coach. "What we have tried to do is emphasize that."
Lananna leads the group, alongside former Olympian Ian Dobson. Partnering with Peace Health Oregon to bring the community more than just your typical wellness training.
"Marrying that with the medical advice, so that people can do so in a safe and healthy environment and be mindful of what their body is going through the training," said Marcy Marshall, with Peace Health Oregon.
Lananna says that the goal is to guide everyone to just do their personal best.
"Regardless of how fast or how slow one is, you can get better and improve," said Lananna. "See, the trajectory of how over a period of time, if you are consistent, you can really improve dramatically."
That is exactly what Colleen did, and will continue to do.
Tracktown Fitness is a 14-week program, hosted at Hayward Field every Sunday. For more information on the program, you can visit www.gotracktownusa.com.