Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Chuck McMahon Memorial Track Meet

Chuck McMahon Memorial Track Meet
SDTC Blog Post
By: Jessie Carey McBride

 Chuck McMahon Memorial Track Meet
 Saturday, June 25th
 CSU San Marcos

Who is Chuck McMahon? Why does he have a Masters track meet named after him, and what does any of this have to do with SDTC? Those are great questions! Let me tell you a little bit more about each….


The Man

Chuck McMahon started his track & field career as a young man, growing up in the Chicago area. He won a number of regional and national medals, and was named captain of his high school track & field team in his senior year.

As an adult, McMahon settled in Southern California, where he had a successful career in the construction industry. He continued to pursue his love of track & field, and discovered a particular talent for throwing events. He threw shot put, discuss, javelin, and hammer, and won a variety of medals and titles in each. As a Masters athlete, he set an number of American and World records in the throwing events.
Chuck McMahon was a lifetime member of San Diego Track Club, and when we was no longer able to complete due to his health, he donated his equipment to the community.

For more information about Chuck McMahon, see the articles at the end of this blog post.


The Meet

When McMahon passed away in 1994, he left an endowment in his will to promote Masters track & field in San Diego. This endowment allowed San Diego Track Club to create the Chuck McMahon Memorial Track Meet. The meet, which started in 1999, serves as an opportunity for runners ages 30 and up to compete in a variety of track & field events.

Medals (who doesn’t love medals?!?!?) are awarded to the top three finishers in each five year age group, so there are lots of opportunities to place! The meet doubles as the San Diego Imperial Association Masters Outdoor Track & Field Championship. Participants must be USATF members to receive Association awards (but not medals).

Ranging from McMahon’s own beloved throwing events to a variety of short- and middle-distance running events, the meet has something for everyone. Below is an approximate event schedule for this year’s meet.

Track Events
Field Events
8:00 AM
5000 m Racewalk
9:00 AM
Hammer Throw
5000 m Run

Shot Put
Short Hurdles 80/100/110 m

One Mile
Discus (follows hammer)
400 m

High Jump
100 m

Long Jump
Long Hurdles 200 m/300m/400m

Women’s Pole Vault
50 m (non championship)

12:00 PM
800 m
12:00 PM
Triple Jump
200 m

Men's Pole Vault (follows women's)
2000/3000 m Steeplechase

Javelin (follows discus)

This meet is a great opportunity to try track & field for the first time, brush up on the race you ran in high school, and possibly earn a medal or two! Hope to see you out there!

For more information on the meet, check out the event website: http://www.chuckmcmahonmeet.com/

Additional Articles

Article in the SDTC News, June 1987:
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Equipment Donation:img006.jpg

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Summer Nights Track Meet

Summer Nights Track Meet
SDTC Blog Post
By: Liz Hubert & Jessie Carey McBride

Have you ever wondered how you stack up against Olympic greats like Usain Bolt, Mo Farah, or Allyson Felix? Do you want to know how your 40-year-old self compares to your 14-year-old self? Want to see if you can beat your speedy friend in a 400m race? Then the Summer Nights Track series is the opportunity you’ve been waiting for!

These all-ages track meets give everyone the chance to release their inner track star!  With running events ranging from the 100m to 10,000m, there is a race for everyone. No experience or qualifications required. You may even catch a glimpse of Coach Paul’s father running his infamous kilted 100!

If field events are more your thing, you can try your hand at pole vault, high jump, discus, or even javelin. Events offered vary by meet, so be sure to check out the schedule in advance to find your favorite event.

The cost is $5 per event in advance, or $7 day of. There are no additional membership fees or dues required, you just need to show up and run! Your entry fee may get you some cool race swag too!

Not feeling your inner track star? No problem! Everyone is encouraged to attend (for FREE!!!) to cheer on your friends and teammates! It is a fun evening and a great chance to get some fresh air, check out the local talent, and collect some free vendor samples.

Join us for some or all of the meets and invite your friends and family out to cheer you on as you run under the lights at Summer Nights Track!


Cost - $5 per event if you pre-register (http://www.athletic.net/), $7 day of registration

Wednesday, June 8, 2016
University City High School
Contact: Jim McCarthy at gimimac@sbcglobal.net

Wednesday, June 22, 2016
San Diego Mesa College

Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Kearny High School
Contact: Sheila Burrell at sburrell@mail.sdsu.edu

Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Sweetwater High School
Contact: Tim Latham at robert.latham@sweetwaterschools.org