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Winter 2010
Updates, Events and Information

In this Issue
Senior Fitness Test

Marathon Training Group

2010. If not now, when?

Yoga Day!

What's in the YMCA's Future?

Free Support Group

Book Signing at the YMCA




Quick Links

Our website

Comments or Questions?


Senior Fitness Test

Please join us for our annual Senior Fitness Group Test.
Test includes: chair stands, arm curls, lower/upper body flexibility & 6-minute walk. Completion of these tests will give you an excellent indicator of your functional strength, endurance and flexibility.

February 10th, 10:30am
Location: YMCA Basketball Court
Bring:       Wear comfortable clothes that do not restrict your motion &
                   walking shoes. Dress in layers, the gym is cold.
Cost:         Free to YMCA members  /  $15.00 for potential-member

1/2 Marathon Training Group
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Run the Eugene Marathon on May 2, 2010?
Have you ever dreamed of running a marathon or half-marathon, but thought you could never do it?

Join our Marathon/Half-Marathon Support Group
You’ll receive:
· Weekly one-on-one coaching
· Weekly group runs / training sessions
· Regular Informational Seminars, on topics including: 
Equipment, injury prevention, running techniques, mechanics, motivation and psychological issues
· Personalized training techniques

Attend one of our Meet & Greet times to see if this group is right for you:
· Sat. Jan 23rd at 10am
· Mon Jan 25th at 5pm
· Tue Jan 26th at 7pm


2010. If not now, when?
January is often a time we make resolutions, evaluate goals, pursue dreams and generally take a look at where we are.
If you are one of these folks, our staff is here to help. We offer wellness appointments, personal programs, fitness evaluations and more. If you'd like a little help in taking a look at your goals, this worksheet might help.

Yoga Dayyoga pose
Find Upward Bliss with
Downward Dog
Saturday, January 23rd is Yoga Day USA

FREE Yoga for the Community at the Eugene Family YMCA

 7:30 – 8:30am Kundalini Yoga w/ Ardas
 9:00-9:45am Family Yoga w/ Leah
10:00-11:15am Hatha Yoga w/ Christine
 3:00-4:00pm Gentle Yoga w/ Tina

Hatha Yoga: Explores breathwork, stretching, balance, postures, and focused relaxation to increase flexibility and strength.
Kundalini Yoga: Revitalize, relax, stretch and strengthen in this class, designed to balance body, mind and soul.
Family Yoga: Enjoy the benefits of playing, as a family, and doing yoga! Parents & children, ages 4 and up are invited to do yoga, side by side.
Gentle Yoga: Gentle stretch, increased range of motion, deep breathing and balance work: wonderful for beginners and all ages.

Space is limited –first come, first served.
Please bring your own sticky mat.

For more information, please contact Kari.

What's in the YMCA's Future?

Now that it’s 2010, the year 2012 (estimated “Shovel in Ground” Year) seems mighty close, so we thought it time for an update on what’s been happening on the facility development front:

We met with Craig Smith, Kurt Corey, Johnny Medlin and two folks from City Facilities Dept. to discuss next steps on building a YMCA/ Community Center on the land near Meadowview School. It was a positive meeting which identified the two, inter-related “hoops” that are next in the line-up for us to jump through:

  1. Identifying the precise plot of land that would be amenable to this sort of development (ensuring adequate infrastructure i.e. sewage, water, parking, etc.). This requires what the City folks call a “Feasiblilty Study,” (meaning: is it feasible to build this type of facility on this land?). Reid Anderson has embraced his retired status and is not interested in this project (although remains a good friend of the Y), so we have a call into Bill Seider at PiVOT Architecture to see if they might be interested. If so, they will contact the Johnny Medlin directly and get that ball rolling.
  2. The second item is to ensure that a “YMCA” is interchangeable and synonymous with the “Community Center” verbiage that exists in the Master Plan that has been approved by the City. This is largely assumed to be the case, but Land Use and Zoning experts have to make this determination.

Each of these items requires a preliminary architectural rendering that adequately illustrates usage, programs and services. We are working with Y-USA to get this to city staff within the week. Per their request, we are also compiling examples of lease agreements used by other YMCAs in collaboration with municipalities to give to the city’s internal legal counsel for initial review.

South Eugene:
We continue to push forward in our attempts to reach a viable agreement with the 4-J school district to build our new South Eugene facility on some portion of the Civic Stadium parking but do not expect any real movement on this until much later in the school year.   We believe the size of this acreage (10 acres; we are on 1.3 acres currently) at Civic would allow for the development of a comprehensive facility including 5-6 indoor tennis courts.

As another alternative to our existing site and the Civic site, we are exploring the possibility of building the new YMCA facility adjacent to Amazon pool. If this becomes our direction, we would build a comprehensive facility similar to what we would be able to do at the Civic site, plus enclose all or a portion of the Amazon pool that would allow for its year-round use. This alternative would expand our collaboration with the City of Eugene, eliminate competition between the City’s and the YMCA’s aquatic programs and probably save us $5 to $7 million in capital development and land acquisition costs.

I think I can, I think I can, I think I can!
For more information, questions, or comments, please contact Dave.


Would a little support make a difference?

Free Healthy Living Support Group.
Join us on the 2nd & 4th Thursdays of each month from
6:30-7:30pm in the YMCA Beck Center.

Lead by a YMCA Staff person, come discuss ways to promote healthy living: learn exercises tips, discuss healthy eating & how to over-come barriers, find a workout buddy and much more. 

You do not need to sign-up in advance or commit to this group. Simply come when your schedule allows it and see what kind of support you can gain and give to others. For more information, contact Kim .

Book Signing at the YMCA!Jerry McGill
Book Signing & Q&A with Jerry McGill, YMCA Member and Author of
"Dear Marcus: Speaking to the Man Who Shoot Me."

Join us on Monday, January 25th 5:30 - 7:30pm
Talk / Q & A at 6pm

Dear Marcus:
Speaking to the Man
Who Shot Me

Jerry McGill grew up in a poor family in Brooklyn. While walking home from a party at age twelve, he was shot in the back and paralyzed for life. A professional artist, he has earned two degrees and has traveled throughout the world advocating for the rights of people with disabilities.

You can purchase the book at the signing event.
Soft-cover $13.95    Hard-cover $23.95


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