Who is Chuck McMahon? Why does he have a Masters track meet named after him, and what does any of this have to do with SDTC? Those are great questions! Let me tell you a little bit more about each….


The Man

Chuck McMahon started his track & field career as a young man, growing up in the Chicago area. He won a number of regional and national medals, and was named captain of his high school track & field team in his senior year.

As an adult, McMahon settled in Southern California, where he had a successful career in the construction industry. He continued to pursue his love of track & field, and discovered a particular talent for throwing events. He threw shot put, discuss, javelin, and hammer, and won a variety of medals and titles in each. As a Masters athlete, he set an number of American and World records in the throwing events.

Chuck McMahon was a lifetime member of San Diego Track Club, and when we was no longer able to complete due to his health, he donated his equipment to the community.

For more information about Chuck McMahon, see the articles at the end of this blog post.


The Meet

When McMahon passed away in 1994, he left an endowment in his will to promote Masters track & field in San Diego. This endowment allowed San Diego Track Club to create the Chuck McMahon Memorial Track Meet. The meet, which started in 1999, serves as an opportunity for runners ages 30 and up to compete in a variety of track & field events.

Medals (who doesn’t love medals?!?!?) are awarded to the top three finishers in each five year age group, so there are lots of opportunities to place! The meet doubles as the San Diego Imperial Association Masters Outdoor Track & Field Championship. Participants must be USATF members to receive Association awards (but not medals).

Ranging from McMahon’s own beloved throwing events to a variety of short- and middle-distance running events, the meet has something for everyone. Below is an approximate event schedule for this year’s meet.

Track Events

Field Events

8:00 AM

5000 m Racewalk

9:00 AM

Hammer Throw


5000 m Run

Shot Put


Short Hurdles 80/100/110 m


One Mile


Discus (follows hammer)


400 m

High Jump


100 m

Long Jump


Long Hurdles 200 m/300m/400m

Women’s Pole Vault


50 m (non championship)

12:00 PM

800 m

12:00 PM

Triple Jump


200 m

Men’s Pole Vault (follows women’s)


2000/3000 m Steeplechase

Javelin (follows discus)

This meet is a great opportunity to try track & field for the first time, brush up on the race you ran in high school, and possibly earn a medal or two! Hope to see you out there!

For more information on the meet, check out the event website: http://www.chuckmcmahonmeet.com/

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