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History, Legacy & Legends of 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.

Track & Field Championships by TrackTown USA

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 other track stars, and the site of additional significant races. A complementary indoor track facility is planned for Springfield. 

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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.

Eugene continues to rack-up the running accolades, and since 2012, has been the seat for the Eugene, Cascades & Coast Sports Commission which supports athletic events of all types and scale across Lane County. With its delightful chip trails interwoven across the city, Eugene is truly a runner's delight.


"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"
Runners World, January 2013

"Ten Best Running Cities in the U.S.", 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