We successfully brought the community together to learn more about this amazing project. It was great to meet so many people that have a vested interest in sustainably developing the community. The event was planned carefully by Kevin Paulk, Susie and Holly Miles with both Kevin and Holly presenting the vision to the community. Holly did an outstanding job describing how this all started with her senior project to see what it would take to get a real track.
Many people beyond Maupin have been inspired by Holly's story and the project itself. Ken Goe's article in the Oregonian inspired many people outside of Maupin and Oregon to reach out. The memories of a track and field experience as well as a small community rallying behind a project has inspired many including Olympic Gold Medalist Mac Wilkins who shared his insight:
I live it every day, the ability of sport to raise people above the noise and division in our world. Sport is a great unifier. Projects like these transform communities and bring people from different backgrounds together on a common ground. Sport is transcendent. -Mac Wilkins-Olympic Gold Medalist
Runnerspace features Maupin D.R.A.C. on July 14th
Doug Binder of Dyestat.com and Runnerspace.com came out to the venue to check it out himself. This interview was posted on the runnerspace.com website on July 14th. https://www.dyestat.com/gprofile.php?mgroup_id=44531&do=videos&video_id=299012