July 20, 2022


Eugene, OR - Visitors from all 50 states and nearly 40 countries are enjoying world-class performances at Hayward Field and the shift to evening sessions is providing time to explore Lane County and beyond. 

"Our welcome tables across the community are busy with visitors asking about hiking, rafting, wine tasting and all of the other amazing experiences we residents are familiar with here in the beautiful Eugene, Cascades & Coast region," noted Travel Lane County President/CEO Kari Westlund. "I met up with two men from the U.K. who came out to run the Uplift 5k very early on Sunday morning. They were thrilled to be active participants in WCH O22, and that experience was a real highlight for them. They were so happy to be here for their first ever visit to TrackTown USA. On Monday I met a couple from Seattle in downtown Springfield who were watching the womens marathon. They were having an incredible time, and were especially impressed with Springfield and how charming its downtown is."

"I met a family from South Dakota and visitors from New Zealand and Norway at the top of Spencers Butte. They had their pocket guide in hand and commented that they were having a great time," noted Brian Saunders, Travel Lane County Convention Sales and Marketing Coordinator.

As always, Oregonians are delivering great Oregon experiences and being champion world hosts as evidenced by this story shared by Liz Dahlager of Mereté Hotel Management - "Hello! I wanted to share that a friend of mine happened to be at Sahalie falls on Sunday, traveling back from Bend, and he met two German athletes who had taken a Lyft there but didn’t realize they wouldn’t have cell service and were stuck – he drove them back to Hayward."

Visitors have come in as anticipated from around the world to cheer on athletes at the World Athletics Championships Oregon 22, and they are finding TrackTown USA to be a fantastic and welcoming destination. With big meets relatively common here, congestion is minimal and volunteers are out in force to ensure a great event. Journalists from around the world are also finding Oregon's beauty and accessibility to be breathtaking. The worldwide audience of over 1 billion is getting a birdseye view of our hospitality and dazzling natural assets. 

Great experiences can be found on our packed Events & Tours page. Same day and next day reservations are available for many experiences. 

Meet new friends, listen to live music and have fun at these community gathering spots:

Oakway Center

Eugene Riverfront Festival 

5th Street Public Market

Whiteaker Neighborhood

Island Park

And, there's so much more! Check out what's happening day by day by visiting WCH Oregon22 page.