"It is with a passionate Board of Directors and an intelligent Board of Advisors that the Mammoth Track Club will continue to promote an individual’s ultimate success through running. The Club has produced world class runners who train at a high-performance facility in a first-class town. Get involved by becoming a member or donating now!"
Olympic Bronze Medalist and American Record Holder
The Mammoth Track Club has an impressive history dating back to 2001 when Coaches Joe Vigil and Bob Larsen brought Deena Kastor and Meb Keflezighi to Mammoth Lakes, California with the vision of starting an elite running club under the name RunningUSA. Many of America’s top distance runners came to Mammoth Lakes to train under these renowned coaches in hopes to gain a benefit from the ideal altitude and the other elite runners surrounding them.
Within the same year RunningUSA touched foot in Mammoth Lakes, Andrew Kastor began his own running club, the High Sierra Striders, which focused more on the broader community. The 100-strong membership taught local runners of all ages and abilities to better themselves through running. With the growing running population in town, the High Sierra Striders began hosting racing events throughout the year. The races cater to the local community while attracting visitors to our athlete-friendly town. In what is the High Sierra Striders’ largest contribution, was working with the town, sponsors and private donors to bring an all-weather, high-performance track & field facility built for the community and visitors to run, jump and throw to their health or competitive pleasure.
After the 2004 Olympics, which earned 2 medals for our Mammoth Lakes based group, Coach Vigil retired and his position was filled by Terrence Mahon, a previous athlete under Vigil’s coaching. Terrence recruited heavily and changed the name to the Mammoth Track Club at the same time the High Sierra Striders were raising money for our community’s first track & field facility.
For over a decade our Mammoth elites have been earning medals, winning national championships, and setting records. Since its inception in 2001, this running club has developed great presence in the world of track & field. To date the Mammoth Track Club has an impressive resume that includes 12 Olympians, 3 Major Marathon wins, 12 World Cross Country medals, 1 world record, 23 National records, 64 National Championships, 2 #1 World rankings and 2 Olympic medals. In short, it is the most accomplished distance running group in the United States.
The track was near completion and Terrence Mahon passed the Mammoth Track Club to Andrew and Deena Kastor. The synergy of elite success coupled with the completion of the track seemed an ideal pairing to merge running clubs and promote their two passions, running and the town they live in.