Oiselle Track and Fun Party
|July 3, 2012||Posted by Emily under Uncategorized|
When I packed my gear for my cross country trip to Track Trials, I threw my computer in my carry on, thinking I’d have plenty of free time to do some daily recapping of track events, especially since each day only involved a few hours of actual competition.
Turns out, Track Trials are a (nearly) 24/7 event (or 24/8, if you were lucky enough to be there from the beginning). For the first time ever, this East Coast girl was able to successfully defy my normal tendencies of falling asleep before my all of my friends, who are more accustomed to the PDT time zone, are even done with dinner. Sleeping remained a sprint event as each day got packed to the brim with time at Hayward, running (obviously) with new and old running friends, Olympian stalking, 4am race walking competitions, and the nightly ritual of closing down the Wild Duck, the favorite bar of spectators, coaches, and competitors.
But now I’m home (sad face) and depressingly less preoccupied with trying to convince Kim Conley that she probably needs me front and center when she runs the 5,000m in London, so I can actually start to sort through my hundreds of action shots and reminisce about our perfect four days in Oregon.
Before we get in to actual track talk about all of the spectacular running, jumping and throwing that dazzled the crowds at Hayward for 8 straight days, I want to talk about one of the highlights of the trip (and my life period).
On Friday evening, Oiselle hosted the party to end all parties. While the athletes in Eugene may have spent years training for the trials, I’ve filled years with countless nights of grueling training to earn my title of “Party Expert”, and I feel confident declaring the Oiselle Track and Fun Party as one of, if not THE, best parties EVER.
Every last detail of the night was of pure runnerd perfection.
The wrist bands
The drink tickets featuring Oiselle birds (FYI “Oiselle” means “Bird” in French, in case you were ever curious as to why so many fly ladies run for them in apparel decorated with birds)
The fly bar.
The table arrangements (featuring nuun and Picky Bars).
The Oiselle photo booth.
MC Hammer DJing the event (with critical help from me and Sarah)
Hammer dancing on stage with a few of the sweatiest people in attendance.
As well as with Oiselle Sally’s mom (who might have even more moves than MC)
His son Booby (yup, Booby) Hammer performing with his entourage of teenage boys
Alysia Montano, the winner of the 800m, stealing the microphone from MC, freestyle rapping on stage and proving that she can medal in more than just running events.
And Alysia was far from the only Olympian in attendance.
Lauren Fleshman-gutsiest runner of the trials and coolest human being ever. Consider yourself added to the girl crush list, Lauren.
And the highlight of the event (well, fine, one of several): the RUNway show, featuring many badass Oiselle runners, including 1500 meter runner Kate Grace, who hours after racing the semi, strutted her on the catwalk to show us just how gorgeous, fast, and (also) girl-crush worthy she is.
Watch the incredibly HOT video of the fashion show, complete with many jumps, flexing, and even a little booty flashing, and join me in lusting after the entire Spring ‘13 line:
Unfortunately not with the audio track that includes our running commentary of the show (“Do we REALLY have to wait until next year to buy that?” “omg I love that shirt in EVERY color” or, in unison, “I WANT THAT” (in reference to both the new roga shorts and Lesko’s upper body))
One of the best parts of spending Trials weekend and the Track Trials party with Oiselle, was getting to know the women behind the brand.
Having a front row seat to the biggest weekend of the company’s history, made us both fall a little (or a lot) more in love with Oiselle.
Hearing the announcer boom “AND RUNNING FOR OISELLE” at the trials, cheering for athletes sporting the apparel as they killed it around the track, watching Sally thank her “freakin’ saint” of a husband, dancing on stage with her mom who was positively giddy for her daughter’s success
and getting to know the amazing women who have poured many ounces of blood, sweat and tears into making their dreams a reality, was so freaking cool and inspiring.
While “Oiselle” may be translated as “bird” in French, we learned that in the language of Sweat, it means: seriously fast runners, bangin’ bodies, coolest families ever, and life of the party. Basically, I want to be these women when I grow up.
And until then, I am going to take lessons from one of the little Oiselles, and MVP of the dance party (not even a little bit kidding.)
Back later with less talk of dancing, more talk of running. Although if you watched the women’s high jump, you know that Track Trials was definitely not lacking in some seriously stellar busting of moves.
Chaunte Lowe: add her to the girl crush list.