Thanks to all who made the First Annual TEAR IT UP 5K Run/Walk a huge success!

A huge thank you goes out to the 80+ participants who joined us on a beautiful sunny Sunday, June 10th for the last chance to run or walk on the Pleasant Hill track before they Tear It Up. There was a kid’s race, a PHHS student council run kid’s carnival, t-shirt sales, Booster concessions, free sno-cones, music and great community enthusiasm. The race featured celebrity runners including two Olympians—Kenny Moore and Annette Peters.

The event raised $3,967.86, which will go to fund our community track and field facility project.

Congratulations to our Top Runners: Gino Gaddini Time:16:15, Michele Stowell Time:20:25.

The Pleasant Hill Community Track and Field Facility: A Vision for the Future

Your registration fee, sponsorships, and pledges will go directly to this exciting and vital project for our community. The Track Facility project is being 100% privately funded. No PHSD #1 funds are being used. We are commited to building a facility that will serve our students and community members for years to come.

This project started with the vision of a few inspired community members. The new facility will bring the following to Pleasant Hill:

  • A brand new track to replace the current aging and rapidly degrading surface.
  • A new, all-weather artificial turf field that will allow our football team to play at home deep into the playoffs.
  • A new venue for soccer games that can be played in front of the grandstand and under the lights.
  • The opportunity for community teams/groups to utilize a first-class facility.

While this is potentially a $1 million plus endeavor, it will cost far less due to the assistance we are getting from the Community Sports Council--a non-profit group specializing in making turf fields affordable for school and community groups. Between large donors and contributions from community members we can raise enough money to turn this vision into reality!

A Brief History of our Track

The story of the Pleasant Hill track & field facility begins in 1960 when Jim Puckett was hired as the head track and field coach. In 1964, with the help of a narrowly-passed bond measure, Puckett spearheaded a project to have an innovative rubber-asphalt track installed for $18,000.

Bill Bowerman routinely brought his UO athletes out to Pleasant Hill to train in the cutting edge track. Bowerman's experience at the PHHS facility was a catalyst to the conversion of Hayward Field to an all-weather surface in 1970.

What once was a state-of-the-art facility is now ready to be retired and make way for the next generation of athletic surfaces that will server our community for many years to come.

Prizes for Tear It Up Participants

These prizes will be awarded:

  • Trophies for overall male and female winners
  • Medals for age-group winners

Help Us Honor The Billie Tradition of Excellence

There are three ways you can be a part of this landmark project:

  1. Run in the Fun Run/Walk on June 10.
  2. Come out to the event to show your support.
  3. Donate directly to the Track and Field project by visiting the Pleasant Hill Boosters website. Donate Now!

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