TrackTown USA

Eugene, Oregon is TrackTown USA! One of the most famous track and field destinations in the world is Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus. This site is hallowed ground for track and field athletes and fans. Since 1921, Hayward Field has hosted numerous championships and world-class track and field events.

It was also here that Nike took wings, when former Olympian and University of Oregon Track Coach Bill Bowerman and, then, middle-distance runner Phil Knight forged a partnership that ignited the beginnings of what would become the largest sports and fitness company in the world.

In 2020, the stadium was re-built at Hayward Field prior to hosting the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Track & Field and the World Athletic Championships Oregon22. Its new innovative design pays tribute to the historic legacy of TrackTown USA. The adjacent community of Springfield shares in the community's running heritage, as the home to Bowerman and numerous other track stars and significant road races.

Track Legends 

Track legend Steve Prefontaine ran for the University of Oregon track team, amazing crowds by winning every American running record between 2,000 and 10,000 meters in 1975. Since then, many other amazing track and field athletes have followed, becoming local heroes, and many, even Olympians.

Hayward Field

Runners, both the athletes and the fans, consider the University of Oregon's Hayward Field as a cherished…

Nike Moon Shoes at Graduate Eugene
: Melanie Ryan Griffin

Birthplace of Nike

The Nike company took its first steps here in Eugene and Springfield. Former Olympian and University of…

H.W. Kerrigan's Heritage Trail plaque on display at the Shelton McMurphey Johnson House
: Shelton McMurphey Johnson House

Oregon 22 Heritage Trail

The Oregon22 Heritage Trail honors 22 of Oregon's track and field global medalists in their home communities…

Eugene's Running Community

Part of the magic attributed to Eugene-Springfield as a running destination is the enthusiasm for track among its residents. Not only have great runners emerged from the University of Oregon's track team and world renowned athletes competed here — many residents are passionate about running themselves! 

You see this manifested in the cheering crowds that fill Hayward Field's stadium seats or line the roadways for the Eugene Marathon. It is also apparent by the many locally-owned running stores across town, the numerous group runs and 5K walk/run events, the miles of lovingly maintained chip trails and the sheer volume of amateur runners out on the trails, rain or shine.

Additional organizations coordinate and manage a variety of road races, trail runs, triathlons and meets including Eclectic Edge Racing and Level 32 Racing. Pink Buffalo Racing provides a training course for track event directors. And USA Track and Field and the University of Oregon are strong partners for track and field.

Running Trails

Tracktown USA Accolades

With its delightful chip trails interwoven throughout the city, Eugene is truly a runner's delight. Eugene continues to rack-up the running accolades:

"Best Places in the U.S. for Runners"
Outside, 2021
Eugene ranked #1

"Official RRCA Runner Friendly Community"
Road Runners Club of America, 2012 - 2017

"Walk Friendly Community"
Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center, 2017
Eugene - Gold Level

"Top 10 Fittest Cities in America"
Fitbit, 2017
Eugene ranked #10

"Eugene Marathon - Best New Marathon"
Runner's World, January 2013

"Ten Best Running Cities in the U.S.", since 2012 
Eugene ranked #2

"Eugene Marathon Top Ten Greenest Races"
Runner's World, November 2008

"The Best Track to Watch a Meet"
Runner's World, May 2003
Hayward Field, University of Oregon, Eugene ranked #10

"The Best 20 Places in the Country to be a College Sports Fan"
Sports Illustrated, September 2003
Eugene ranked #7

"10 Best Running Cities"
Runner's World, January 2001
Eugene ranked #6

Three people smile and show off their 5k medals during the World Championships Oregon22
: Melanie Ryan Griffin

Since its formation in 2012, the Eugene, Cascades & Coast Sports Commission has celebrated and supported athletic events of all types and scale. The non-profit organization helps both local…