Ian Dobson, 2008 Olympian and former Oregon Track Club Elite member, will serve as coach for Team Run Eugene. He replaces Andy Downin who recently accepted a position in Boston, Mass.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Ian as the coach of Team Run Eugene and we’re incredibly grateful to Andy Downin for his work in helping to launch this group one year ago,” said TRE Executive Director Robert Wayner. “Ian’s professional running experience coupled with his involvement in the local running community make him an ideal fit with TRE’s mission.”
Team Run Eugene is a non-proﬁt organization dedicated to providing support for aspiring professional runners who otherwise would not have the opportunity to continue their training post-collegiately. They also enhance the running and broader communities through fostering and supporting talent, and through the promotion of running as part of a healthy and active lifestyle.
Dobson competed in the 5,000m in the Beijing Olympics and was an NCAA National Champion and ten-time All-American while at Stanford University. Dobson still holds the Stanford school records in the 5,000m (13:15.33) and steeplechase (8:32.09).
Dobson’s leadership experience extends beyond the track. He has worked at the University of Oregon’s LeaderShape Institute and with the university’s Competition Not Conflict program. In addition, he organizes and coaches a weekly community running group in Eugene.
“I’m delighted to be working with Team Run Eugene. This is the perfect opportunity to take the lessons I learned in my own running career and apply them to developing athletes and promoting running in Eugene,” Dobson said. “It’s an honor to work with these athletes. TRE has enormous potential and I’m proud to be a part of it.”
Dobson competed in high school at Klamath Union in Klamath Falls. He graduated in the 2000 class before competing at the collegiate level. From there he went on to graduate from Stanford University in 2005 (redshirted one season) with a bachelor’s degree in political science. He ran professionally for Adidas from 2005-09, and for Nike and the OTC Elite from 2010-12.
Dobson has competed in many local races including the Butte to Butte. Here is a post-race interview listed below.