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Running

Eugene, Oregon has a long-standing reputation as the "Running Capital of the World." For anyone who has experienced the electrifying atmosphere inside Hayward Field or jogged along running trails where Olympic-caliber athletes train, it's no surprise that Eugene is called a runner's paradise, the epicenter of track and field, and TrackTown USA.

The Eugene-Springfield community's track legacy includes:

  • Historic Hayward Field
  • The Birthplace of Nike
  • World Class Runners, including Olympian Steve Prefontaine
  • Host of five Olympic Team Trials - Track & Field
  • Most recently host to the USA Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships, NCAA Championships and the U.S. debut of the IAAF World Junior Championships (2104)
  • Numerous running trails and paths

From the legend of Steve Prefontaine to Bill Bowerman's innovative creation of the waffle sole to the birth of Nike by UO Alum Phil Knight, Eugene is steeped in a rich running history and culture. Ranked among the best places for running, watching track and field events and for just being an all-out sports fan, Eugene is consistently noted for its athletic amenities and spirit.

Being a spectator, however, is optional. Join the camaraderie of fellow running enthusiasts by participating in one of a number of community runs. Lace up for the Eugene Marathon, the Butte to Butte or All-Comers' Track and Field Meet.