Fast Times at the Mammoth Track // The Active Times

Lauren Jimison and Lauren Klepping on a training run in Round Valley. Photo © Andrew Kastor

Olympic marathon runners Deena Kastor and Meb Keflezighi made a name for Mammoth Lakes, Calif. when they moved to the High Sierra town to train with coaches Joe Vigil and Bob Larsen in 2001. The move paid off for Kastor and Keflezighi. At the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece they each stood on the podium—Keflezighi with a silver medal and Kastor with a bronze.

“I have traveled the world for this sport and haven’t found a place I like better than my home here in Mammoth Lakes,” Kastor said.  “I love living here because town is only four-square miles and surrounded by open space with trails.”

Mammoth Track Club’s impressive history includes 12 Olympians, 12 world cross country medals, 23 national records, 64 national championships, and two Olympic medals. Historically it’s considered one of the most accomplished distance running groups in the United Statesbut until recently it was missing a track and field facility to lure additional athletes to the region. Now, with a new high-performance, all-weather, 8-lane polyurethane track, Mammoth has taken another stride to become the premier high altitude-training destination for world-class runners and a ­new generation of athletes hope to carry on the track club’s legacy.

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