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!
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.
More up tomorrow! I hear it’s gonna be pretty epic.. *powder hands clap*
“To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift”-Steve Prefontaine