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Mailing Address: PO Box 10286 · Eugene OR 97440 s

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History, Legacy & Legends of TrackTown USA

Eugene, Oregon is TrackTown USA.


One of the most famous track and field-only facilities in the world is Hayward Field, on the University of Oregon campus. This is hallowed ground for track and field athletes and fans. Built in 1919, the historic venue has hosted numerous NCAA Championships and national championships, dozens of Prefontaine Classics and various other world-class events. In 2014, the IAAF World Junior Championships U.S. debut was here following the USA Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

The U.S. Olympic Trials -Track & Field were hosted at Hayward Field in 1972, '76, '80, 2008, 2012 and 2016. The public may run on the track to compete in this championship arena when the Oregon Track Club sponsors its all-comers meets each July.

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 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. Other running legends and Olympians who came out of coach Bowerman's UO stable include Alberto Salazar, Mary Decker Slaney, Lance Deal and Bill McChesney. Present day Olympians from Eugene include Nick Symmonds, Andrew Wheating, Galen Rupp and Ashton Eaton. Joining those prestigious ranks this year is Devon Allen, Ben Blankenship, Matthew Centrowitz, Jenna Prandini and Deajah Stevens. Eugene's fertile training ground promises to yield new crops of dedicated runners as the seasons progress.

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.

Running by Michael Kevin Daly
The sound of pounding feet has become the heart beat for a town that thrives on its healthy lifestyles, outdoor livability and temperate… Read More ›


"Eugene Marathon - Best New Marathon"
Runners World, January 2013

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

"Walk Friendly Community"
Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center, 2012
Eugene - Gold Level

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

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

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

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

"10 Best Running Cities"
Runner's World, January 2001
Eugene listed 6th