Jack Magee-Joan Benoit Samuelson Track

Magee-Samuelson Track

Whittier Field is the home of the Jack Magee Track. The beautiful Hubbard Grandstand was designed and built in 1903. The Magee Track was constructed in 1970 as a tribute to Bowdoin coach Jack Magee, who led the Polar Bears from 1910 through 1960.

The Magee Track was the site of a 1972 Olympic Training Camp that brought American Olympic athletes including Steve Prefontaine to Bowdoin for the summer before the Munich Olympics. The track has also hosted dozens of college and high school championship in addition to the Maine Distance Festival.

The six lane all-weather track was renovated during the summer of 2005 thanks to a generous grant from the Nike corporation. Nike donated the track renovation in honor of their corporate relationship with Joan Benoit Samuelson, a 1979 Bowdoin graduate and the 1984 Olympic Marathon champion.