For an unforgettable time, run home to America’s premier summer marathon. This July the Eugene Marathon moves to be part of a weekend celebration of running in TrackTown USA.
Imagine spending a summer weekend at the birthplace of distance running where you can run in the footsteps of history, watch elite athletes perform and be a part of sport’s future. That’s the 2014 Eugene Marathon.
With an average temperature of 54 degrees at the starting line, times will be faster on this flat, beautiful course that includes ten parks and miles of riverside trails. Finish inside Historic Hayward Field, where legends including Steve Prefontaine, Alberto Salazar and most recently world-record holder Ashton Eaton have competed.
The 26.2 mile race starts on the corner of 15th Avenue and Agate Street, in front of historic Hayward Field. The course runs the first 9 miles through south Eugene around Amazon Park and the University of Oregon. Runners then cross the Knickerbocker footbridge and split from the half marathoners as the full marathon participants turn east (right) down the canal path toward Springfield. The 5 mile Springfield loop takes participants by Island Park and Springfield High School and ends with a scenic pass by the University of Oregon’s Autzen Stadium and the baseball park on Leo Harris Parkway.
The Eugene Half Marathon starts alongside full marathon participants in front of historicHayward Field – home of five Olympic trials, ten NCAA championships and countless national and world record breaking efforts. Starting on Agate St. the half marathon follows the marathon course through mile 11 at which point participants break off on their own after crossing the Knickerbocker Footbridge. “Halfers” head west and run parallel to Pre’s Trail, along the Canal path, back to Old Day Island Road and get a quick glimpse of Autzen Stadium on their right before turning left for their final mile. They cross the Autzen Footbridge and shoot down Agate St. toward the finish line.
Run TrackTown 5K
Participants of this unique 5K will head east on 15th to beautiful Fairmount Blvd. With a quick pass through the pretty neighborhood streets, 5Kers get back to campus via 18th and Alder. The final mile heads down 13th through the middle of campus, where runners and walkers make the final push up Agate to a spectacular finish on the track!
Run TrackTown Kids Duck Dash
Don’t miss this chance to run a marathon – one mile at a time. The idea is for kids to run or walk 25.5 miles over a period of time, keeping track of their progress. On race day – Saturday, July 26 – they’ll run the final 1K to make it a full marathon (26.2 miles). They’ll get to finish on the track at Hayward Field in front of cheering fans, just like those running the Eugene Marathon on the next day. Every kid who tracks and completes the entire marathon distance will earn a Finisher’s Certificate, T-shirt, medal and post-race pancake breakfast. Don’t want to do the whole marathon? No problem. You can still take part in Saturday’s 1K Duck Dash with all of the other kids.
Run TrackTown Youth League
The cities of Eugene and Springfield will play host to one of seven regional all-comer’s track and field meets in the state of Oregon this summer. The regional meets are open to youngsters in grades three to eight (2013-14 school year). They’re designed to keep kids active by providing them with greater opportunities to participate in the sport of track and field. Entry into all of the regional meets is free. Other tentative regional meet sites are Bend, Coos Bay, Hermiston, Medford, Portland and Corvallis. Participants can choose to compete in the 100m, 400m, 1,500m, long jump and turbojav.
Oregon Track Club All-Comers Meet
The Oregon Track Club will continue its tradition of hosting all-comer’s meets at Hayward Field this summer. The 2014 schedule features one kids’ session during the IAAF World Junior Championships Oregon 2014. On Saturday, July 26, kids 12-and-under will be able to compete in the 100 meters, long jump and turbojav from 9 a.m. to noon at Hayward Field. The first all-comer’s meet was held in 1949. It was organized for grade schoolers by legendary Oregon track and field coach Bill Bowerman and it was expanded the following year to include high school and college athletes. No pre-registration required for participation.
The volunteer workforce at TrackTown USA is an essential component in making historic Hayward Field a world-class environment for both athletes and spectators.
Our Goal: To create the best possible atmosphere for great competition and extraordinary fan experience. We will achieve this goal through teamwork, inclusiveness, and awareness while celebrating running and the sport of track and field.
Our Message to Participants: As an official, volunteer, or staff member; we recognize you are here to perform at your best. From your arrival to departure, we will do everything we can to make this an environment in which you will reach your highest potential