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Eugene's Running Scene: Track Town U.S.A.

But what I really appreciate about Eugene is that the magic feeling of Hayward extends even beyond its gates. There’s a rich history here that starts with Steve Prefontaine, the University of Oregon and Nike and extends to trails and paths, road runs and the community. Here are a few spots that should be on anyone’s list when visiting Track Town, USA. And don’t be surprised if you pass a world-class Olympic athlete while you’re biking the river path – I passed Andrew Wheating walking his dog just the other day.

Prefontaine, the University of Oregon and Nike history

Trails, Parks and River Paths

Eat + Drink

Mark your calendars, the IAAF Track & Field World Championships are coming to Oregon in July 2022. 

It’s happening in Eugene, better known as TrackTown USA. This athletic community is famous for its quality tracks and trails, and hosts the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials at the University of Oregon. It’s also the birthplace of Nike and the modern running shoe. Maybe that’s why the running opportunities are top notch here. Take your pick from riverside runs to rocky butte routes and woodsy adventures — Eugene has it.

But Eugene is more than running royalty. Lively and creative, the metro maintains a college-town mojo while supporting world-class cultural events and a food-and-drink scene to inspire many a postcard home. Best of all, Eugene provides easy access to some of the best Oregon has to offer. It’s located in the South Willamette Valley, a two-hour drive from Portland,

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