Big Timber Running Club

by Run Hub NW

Big Timber Running Club is Eugene’s largest running club, providing a fun and supportive team structure for community members of all levels to train and race together. The success of Big Timber is based on the collective success of our runners, across all paces. Whether your goal is to finish your first 5K or to attempt an Olympic Trials qualifying time, there is a place for you in Big Timber.

Big Timber Perks

  • Training plan developed by veteran head coach, Heike McNeil, for each season
  • Team/coach supported workouts and runs
  • Training in a team environment with people that have common goals
  • Big Timber gear: singlet, hat, decal
  • 15% discount at Run Hub (regularly-priced merchandise, some exclusions apply)
  • Members-only special events (quarterly)
  • Members-only access to team gear and merchandise
  • Private Facebook page for club communication and banter
  • Discounts and preferential pricing on some of the area’s best races
  • Club scholarship application / fees on a sliding scale
  • USATF, RRCA sanctioned club (pending)
  • At least 10% of the club registration fee goes to the Run Hub Shoe Scholarship Fund supporting local school running programs (distribution beginning spring 2022)

What are we training for?

In addition to year-round Tuesday night workouts, Big Timber has a fall, spring, and summer schedule of races. You’ll join with other Eugene runners to train for those races and toe the start line together.

While each season will have a different primary distance and terrain focus, Tuesday trainings will always offer you a chance to mix things up a bit.

Fall season 

  • Duration: ~12 weeks, September to mid-December
  • Focus: 10K – 15K distances
  • Terrain:  Trail and cross country racing
  • Peak Races: Frozen Trails 15K, Run to Stay Warm 10K, and Club Cross Country Championship

Spring season

  • Duration: ~16 weeks, January to April 
  • Focus: Half to full marathon
  • Terrain: Road racing
  • Key Races: Eugene Half Marathon/Marathon

Summer season

  • Duration: ~12 weeks Mid-May to mid-August 
  • Focus: 5K and under
  • Terrain: Track racing
  • Peak Races: OTC All-Comers track meet, Portland Track Series

Meet the Coaches

Heike McNeil

Head Coach

The team’s head coach is Dr. Heike McNeil, Ph.D., a Professor of Chemistry at Bushnell University (formerly Northwest Christian University).  An accomplished runner and athlete herself, Heike coached the NCU cross country and track teams from 2005-2018.  During her time coaching at NCU, Heike’s teams were consistently ranked in the top 25 nationally, including a national championship for her women’s cross country team in 2015. Heike ran collegiately at Linfield College, did triathlons post collegiately and currently competes in trail and ultra events as well as racing her mountain bike. Heike loves to help athletes at all levels chase their dreams and see them reach their full potential. She is extremely excited to get to know the Run Hub athletes and can’t wait to work on training plans with them!

Dustin Pearce

Club Administrator / Assistant Coach

Store owner Dustin Pearce has been coaching for more than 20 years. Most of those years were spent coaching high school cross country and track athletes while working as a high school science teacher.  For the last few years Dustin has been a coach for the spring training teams through Run Hub.  As an athlete, Dustin ran competitively in high school and then for Missouri State University where he earned All Conference honors.  Dustin is on the comeback trail after a couple of surgeries in 2018, but hoping to get healthy again and make an attempt to break 1:20 as a masters runner for a half marathon in the next year or two. As a coach, there is nothing Dustin loves more than to see his athletes grow and accomplish goals that they might not have thought possible.

Big Timber Membership Options

Membership Only

$95/year

A Big Timber membership allows you all the benefits of club membership and includes a team approach to coaching (no individualized training plans). The team workouts and training plan will be geared toward the current season’s distance, focus and terrain.

Membership + Fall Training Team

Now Closed

The Fall Training Team sign-up period has ended.

Each season’s training team gives you a weekly training schedule from Big Timber coaches, customized to your training needs and within the scope of the team season and structure. If you have participated in Run Hub training programs in the past, this option is what you have come to expect as part of our training programs.

The Fall session began Tuesday, September 14th.

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