Track Town USA
Track Town, USA, a popular nickname for Eugene, Oregon, is widely known as the mecca for the sport of track and field in the United States. The home of the University of Oregon (UO), Eugene is considered by some to be the capital of the running world. Eugene's Track Town moniker derives from the dynastic track and field legacy established by the university's long time track coach, Bill Bowerman, beginning in 1949, and to the many legendary UO track athletes of the Bowerman era, most notably Steve Prefontaine.
The US Olympic track and field trials, after a 28 year absence from Eugene, returned to Track Town in 2008, from June 27 to July 6. The trials were held at the University of Oregon’s venerable Hayward Field -- a venue that has long been associated with Eugene’s reputation for track and field excellence.
In 2010, the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships will also return to Hayward Field, for the tenth time. Numerous premier track and running events also take place in Track Town, ranging from the Prefontaine Classic to the upstart Eugene Marathon.
(Justin Aguirre just purchased his first set of spiked shoes, he is running for North Eugene High, He is a Freshman running for J.V & Varsity.)