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U.S. bid for 2019 IAAF World Championships draws praise

EUGENE, Ore. – After an exhaustive two-day process, one packed with meetings, presentations, tours and questions from the visiting IAAF Evaluation Commission, TrackTown USA president Vin Lananna offered his analysis of Eugene’s bid to play host to the 2019 IAAF World Championships.

The meet, which has never been held on U.S. soil – dating back to the inaugural event in 1983 – is expected to draw more than 2,000 of the world’s best track and field athletes from nearly 200 countries around the globe. There are two other candidate cities bidding for the IAAF’s crown jewel: Barcelona, Spain and Doha, …


No easy way to prepare for marathon pacing

CHICAGO – We are creatures of preparation. When we are young, we nervously prepare for the first day of school. We pick out the outfit, the backpack, the pencil we will use to make our first “mark” in the world. When we are older, we prepare for new things, other traditions: a romantic date, a job interview, a marathon …

But no matter how many times we rearrange our hair before the first school day, date, interview, or marathon, there isn’t a definitive indicator of “preparedness.” I find, instead, that I am always-never fully prepared for anything – inevitably, there …


Inside the Games: Eugene’s bid draws praise

Sebastian Coe has admitted it would be a big moment in the sport’s history if Eugene wins its bid to host the 2019 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).  

The former double Olympic 1500 metres champion, head of the IAAF Evaluation Commission that is visiting all three of the cities bidding for the Championships, praised the American city’s bid following the two-day inspection visit.

“We are delighted that Eugene has thrown its hat in the ring for this,” said Coe, vice-president of the IAAF. 

“This is a community that understands track and field. 

“A large part of your history …


Register Guard: Will the spirit move the IAAF’s leaders?

Some of the most powerful men in track and field passed through Eugene this week and, for a few minutes Monday afternoon, sat behind microphones at Matthew Knight Arena.

The crowd of assembled journalists roughly equaled the one that gathered earlier in the day to interview Scott Frost, the offensive coordinator for the University of Oregon football team.

That says more about the state of track and field in America than it says about TrackTown, USA, either as a community or as a local organizing committee. The people pushing Eugene’s bid …


Register Guard: IAAF puts eyes on TrackTown

Eugene’s bid for the 2019 World Outdoor Track & Field Championships was placed under the microscope the past two days by members of the IAAF Evaluation Commission, in town to give the proposal, Hayward Field and the city’s infrastructure a closer look.

The 10-member group, chaired by IAAF vice president and former Olympic great Sebastian Coe, is on a tour of the three cities bidding for the world championships. They previously visited Barcelona and are headed this week to Doha, the capital city of Qatar.

The commission will report its findings …


OregonLive: Eugene makes its pitch

EUGENE – The Eugene bid for the 2019 World Outdoor Track & Field Championships kicked into overdrive this week as local organizers made a two-day presentation to the visiting IAAF Evaluation Committee chaired by Olympic great Sebastian Coe.

The commission visit is a key step in the bid process.

Three cities – Barcelona, Doha and Eugene – are bidding for the 2019 World Championships.

The commission previously visited Barcelona, and heads next to Doha, the capital city of Qatar.

The three local organizing committees have seven days to address in …


KVAL: Eugene: 'This community understands track and field'

EUGENE, Ore. – Barcelona. Doha. Eugene.

In the elite world of track and field, it appears the Spanish and Qatari cities are Track Town USA’s competition for the 2019 IAAF World Track and Field Championships.

Eugene has the pedigree: in addition to this year’s IAAF youth world championships, Eugene has hosted the 2008 and 2012 U.S. Olympic trials.

America’s Olympic hopefuls return to historic Hayward Field in 2016 to compete.

The World Championships are essentially Olympic caliber competition in non-Olympic years. The event has never taken place on U.S. soil before.

“We are delighted that Eugene has thrown its hat in the …


KEZI: IAAF Commission Visiting Eugene

EUGENE, Ore. — Eugene is hoping to become the first U.S. city in the world to host the 2019 IAAF World Track and Field Championships.

Eugene is one of three cities hoping to land the championships. Barcelona, Spain and Doha, Qatar are the others.

The IAAF World Championships will be the world’s largest sporting event of the year. The event is much like the Junior World Championships from this summer, only on a much larger scale. The athlete pool alone is 2,000 people. It would require a major renovation of Hayward Field.


Track & Field News: David Takes On A Pair Of Goliaths

Even though the USA hosted the first-ever World Indoor Championships, Indianapolis ’87, the world’s most powerful track nation has never—no, really!—hosted the outdoor version of the meet, which is considered the pinnacle of IAAF success.

Indeed, only Stanford (with failed bids for ’99 and ’01) has ever even been advanced as a candidate by the planet’s most powerful track nation.

Eugene, aka TrackTown USA, is seeking to end the drought by bidding for the ’19 version of the meet, fresh off a most succesful staging of the World Junior meet this …


Register Guard: Championships belong in Eugene

The International Association of Athletics Federations holds its premier event, the World Outdoor Track & Field Championships, in odd-numbered years. Last year the championships were in Moscow. Next year, they’re in Beijing. In 2017, they’ll be in London. It may seem audacious for Eugene to place itself in such company. But when an IAAF evaluation commission visits Eugene this weekend on its tour of cities that have submitted bids to host the 2019 championships, it should be clear that no city of any size is a more natural home to the sport of track and field.


NY Times: U.S. Hoping to Stage World Outdoor Track Championships

Boston — The United States, long the leading nation in track and field, has never staged a world outdoor championship in track and field.

This is both hard to fathom and far from ideal, but for the first time, the possibility of ending that streak looks strong.

Eugene, Ore. — no world city but a definite track hotbed — is one of three candidates bidding to stage the 2019 world championships, along with Barcelona, Spain and Doha, Qatar …


ESPN's: Unbeaten year ends with golden run

It was a cold, windy day in Kentucky in the spring of 1964, so Bob Schul had gone indoors to find some shelter before his 2-mile race.

Schul was a 26-year-old distance runner for Miami University in Ohio. Though his name would be known across the globe by the end of the year, that day he was just an anonymous college athlete lying on a table in the training room before a track and field meet. When a runner from the Air Force Academy and his coach entered the room, they paid him no attention.


UO women return to action in Seattle

EUGENE, Ore. – The third-ranked Oregon women’s cross country team wants to emulate the success of their male counterparts this week.

Only they’ll use a much different approach.

Unlike the 1-2 finish of sophomore Edward Cheserek and senior Eric Jenkins, who paced the No. 3 Oregon men to a dominant victory at the Battle of Beantown 8K race in Boston last week, the Duck women will unleash a pack mentality when they toe the line at the Washington Invitational on Saturday.

The women’s 6K …