TrackTown, USA

Eugene, Oregon is known as the birthplace of running in America. Here, the US Olympic Trials were being held at Historic Hayward Field, of University or Oregon. Legendary coach Bill Bowerman created shoes for his athletes with waffle irons right under the bleachers of the stadium. He molded multiple athletes to breaking records through his innovative shoes, which later became famously known as Nike. 

We started our morning with a 4-mile run at Pre’s Trail located right behind Autzen Stadium. 

Pre’s Trail was designed in memory of late Olympic athlete Steve Prefontaine. He trained under Bowerman and dominated in the long distance/ middle distance races throughout his running career. Pre was well known for his racing style, by never holding back and being a front runner and not leaving things to chance. 

So many athletes were running here that someone was always in eye distance, and because of the Trials less than half a mile away, we saw a few Olympians along the way. Sorry, not pictured and too fast!

When you got that red dust, everyone knows what trail you went to.

After our workout we built up our hunger and decided to go get some local grub…

…at TrackTown Pizza of course!

TrackTown Pizza is a local college spot that had memorabilia of U of O athletes of the past and present. Oh, and Pizza.

If you didn’t know what Pre looks like, there he is.


By the time we finished eating, we picked up our tickets at will call and made our way to our seats in Hayward Field. 


Unfortunately what went from a little overcast turned into pouring rain. We weren’t gonna let it stop us from watching the last few hours of the trials.


Like our ponchos? They were such a life saver! When planning this trip I was more worried we were gonna be hot since it’s July in the PNW…

Pro sprinter Mike Rogers (in grey), 2012 Olympian


Victory Lap from the 1500m Steeple Chase qualifiers to wrap up the night! 

More up tomorrow! I hear it’s gonna be pretty epic.. *powder hands clap*

Sam@empire

“To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift”-Steve Prefontaine 

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