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  • Wed, September 24, 2014 11:46 AM | Judy Casad (Administrator)

    With the passing of Aaron Jones on Monday, September 22, 2014 the MCTFand the McKenzie River community lost a true friend.  Mr. Jones donated the land and much of the funds needed to develop that land into a world class track and field facility near the McKenzie Schools in Blue River. The first track meet was held in 2010 at this magnificent setting, the Aaron and Marie Jones Community Field along the McKenzie River.  Since then hundreds of student athletes from the coast to the cascades and central Oregon have competed at the track, taking advantage of the excellent facilities at this amazing venue, made possible in large part due to Mr. Jones’ generosity. 

    In 2013, Marie Jones made a very generous contribution allowing the construction of field house at the track.  The AMJ Building was dedicated to her husband Aaron, in the spring of 2014.  The building enhances the facilities, expanding opportunities and benefits to the community.

    The McKenzie Community Track and Field Board of Directors wish to extend our deepest sympathy to the Jones family. We all feel the loss of this wonderful man.  Donations made to the track, at the request of his family, will be used to help keep Aaron Jones’ legacy alive.    

    Link to KEZI news coverage and video

    Link to Register Guard article

    A celebration of his life is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 1 at Matthew Knight Arena.

  • Tue, July 01, 2014 9:16 PM | Judy Casad (Administrator)

    McKenzie River Tourism
    Acknowledged for their outstanding teamwork, the McKenzie River Tourism group received the Eugene, Cascades & Coast Partnership Award. The group has been responsible for cooperative marketing programs that has enhanced the region's identity and increased visitor traffic along the corridor. New marketing campaigns and strategies have built awareness of key McKenzie events and recreational opportunities, including those centered on cycling, track and field, hiking and river experiences. The group's partnerships with Travel Oregon, Travel Lane County, and cross promotions with other countywide communities, were also noted as significant contributing factors for their recognition.

    Eugene, Cascades & Coast

  • Mon, June 23, 2014 7:59 PM | Judy Casad (Administrator)

    Eugene, Cascades & Coast awarded the 2014 Partnership Award to McKenzie River Tourism.

    Enjoy this video presentation!

  • Sat, June 21, 2014 11:36 AM | Judy Casad (Administrator)

    Saturday, June 14 Sisters held a Rodeo Parade. McKenzie Community Track & Field placed 2nd for their float. Thanks to Connie Huff, Pete Petty and Marilyn Cross for your efforts! The float demonstrated the fundraiser for the Track & Field. A McKenzie River Drift Boat featuring a Wood Carving by Ken Ballenger of Seattle. The "Water Dragon" will be auctioned off at the 2nd Annual McKenzie River - Chainsaw Art Festival on August 14-17, 2014.

    19 award-winning carvers will be demonstrating their talent. These carvings are available for you to bid on at the event.

    Click Here For more information

    Purchase tickets to win this Drift Boat at

  • Wed, March 05, 2014 10:38 AM | Connie Huff (Administrator)

    The track season is off and running!  (I’ve been waiting all winter to write that)  The official start was last Saturday morning as hardy and dedicated runners took part in the annual 16K Relay race.  The event is always a popular training event for Eugene’s Oregon Track Club Elite runners.  This year was the first time the participants and spectators were able to shelter in the new AMJ Building, as once again we enjoyed Oregon’s liquid sunshine.  It was also a chance for the MCTF to make use of the new refreshment center which I affectionately refer to it as “Judy’s Cafe”.  Our first hot drinks and snacks were served from a spiffy new facility which Judy and George have been working very hard at making ready for the busy season ahead.

    Last weekend’s race is only a precursor for what is being anticipated as a great year for track in our area.  Monday of this week was the first gathering of the McKenzie Eagles HS Track and Field team under the leadership of an entirely new coaching staff, headed up by Coach Dustin Pearce.  Coach Pearce met with his staff and track team members and practice sessions are now underway.   Once again, a first for the track teams as they now have indoor storage of equipment and shelter from the weather.  The Eagles middle school track team begins its season next week under the guidance of Coach Amber Price. The first school meet is planned for 18 March as an intersquad warm-up in preparation for the biggest meet of the year, the AMJ Invitational.

    Much work lies ahead not only for the track teams but for the volunteers busy making final preparations for the dedication of the new AMJ building and readying the track ready to host as many as 10 area schools in this year’s AMJ Invitational on April 4.  Recruitment of volunteers is well underway both within the school and the community to provide maximum support for the teams.  Information is always available at the track’s web site

    Now to go off track just a bit here (always like using that one too), I want to share a recent experience that turned out to be quite inspirational.  Picture the scene: it’s Monday morning, it’s raining and cold, and you’ve been recruited to help reconstruct one of our lovely roadside village signs that was taken out by an impaired driver in Leaburg.  Three of us show up and begin the process of wrestling in the mud with huge sections of utility poles used to support the sign.  We found ourselves in need of helpers and as if prayers were answered, they came.  A couple from the neighborhood, a young dad with his two  daughters, a man from the service station across the road with heavy equipment heavy to lift the pole upright and provide proper placement, even a neighbor with water and brush to clean the sign.  An event that had all the makings of being a miserable day of toiling turned into an inspirational event.  Renewing the faith I have in the good folks of our river valley and yet one more reason to feel good about where I live.  See you at the track.  

  • Wed, March 05, 2014 8:06 AM | Judy Casad (Administrator)

    Wet, Fast and Hot Chocolate!

    The new AMJ Building was a hit for warming up after a great run on the McKenzie Track.

    Oregon Track Club Elite participated along with local athletes making the day fun for all.

    First event of the season at the Track & the new AMJ Building.

    Aaron & Marie Jones (AMJ) donated a new field house complete with concession!

    OTC Head Coach, Mark Rowland

    OTC Assistant Coach, Ian Dobson

    Administrative Assistant, Nick Johnson

    OTC Elite Women’s Team Result – 54’ 12”

    Aisha Praught

    Bridget Franek

    Lauren Johnson

    OTC Elite Men’s Team 1 – 45’44”

    Ciaran O’Lionaird

    Pat Casey

    OTC Elite Men’s Team  2

    Harun Abda

    Aaron Evans

    Elijah ran on his own

    Spirit of Oregon

    Heather Spinney

    Helen Rarick

    Chelsea Oda

    McKenzie Platypus'  1:08:42

    Mary Sherman

    Sarah Sherman

    Nicole Price

  • Sat, August 17, 2013 8:33 AM | Judy Casad (Administrator)
    Bob King teaches Katie how to carve a bear peaking out of a log!

    KMTR News

  • Sat, August 17, 2013 8:32 AM | Judy Casad (Administrator)
  • Thu, April 11, 2013 7:35 AM | Judy Casad (Administrator)
    Honoring Aaron & Marie Jones, Jones Family and Seneca Timber Co

  • Sun, April 07, 2013 7:23 AM | Judy Casad (Administrator)

      Seven schools participated in the AMJ Invitational at the McKenzie Community Track & Field.  Many athletes endured the rain-soaked day while competing for field & running events. SportHill sold many warm clothes at greatly reduced prices!

      The Jones Family cut the cake for all, in celebration of the upcoming AMJ Building.   
      This building will house storage, concessions, restroom facilities, meeting space and wellness/fitness classes.  Construction is expected to be completed by summer of 2013.

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