Here are the Events happening around town that you don’t want to miss during TrackTown16.
Men’s & Women’s combined 20K Race Walk
Thursday, June 30th
SALEM, Ore. – Similar to the men’s and women’s hammer throw being staged on the Nike campus in Beaverton four years ago, the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Track & Field will expand its footprint this year.
Only this time, the destination is Salem.
The first event of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials will be contested in downtown Salem on June 30 with the combined men’s and women’s 20-kilometer race walk set to begin and end in front of the steps of the Oregon State Capitol on Court Street.
U.S. Olympic Team Trails – Track & Field Opening Ceremonies
Friday, July 1st
Here’s some friendly advice for all those holding tickets to the first day of competition at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Track & Field on Friday, July 1 at historic Hayward Field.
Don’t be late!
Before the athletes begin chasing their Olympic dreams, spectators will be treated to a spectacular Opening Ceremony in which we celebrate the most memorable moments from previous editions of the U.S. Olympic Trials in TrackTown USA.
2016 Butte to Butte
Monday, July 4th
This year’s Butte to Butte race marks the 29th running of the annual 4th of July road run. The revised 10-kilometer course will begin on 43rd at Spencer Butte Middle School with a half mile tour of the neighborhood to the west, before turning onto the Donald Street Hill, followed by a downhill to a new flat, fast finish on 5th Street, between High and Pearl. The 5-kilometer course will start and finish on 5th, between High and Pearl, with an out-and-back heading down High Street, Amazon Parkway and looping back at 24th.
City slickers can’t stay with me
Tuesday, July 5th & 9th
Two screenings of the documentary on Coach Bob Larsen will be shown in Eugene during the US Olympic Track & Field Trials. As those of you who have seen it know, this film can be both educational and inspirational. The goal is to expose the film to as many distance runners and track & field enthusiasts as we can. Below are all of the details:
Bijou Art Cinemas… 492 East 13th Ave., Eugene, OR 97401
Coach Larsen will be doing a Q&A after both screenings… (Meb to be there for one of those Q&A sessions as well!)
July 2nd, 3rd, 9th, & 10th
On your mark, get set, GO to PK Park for a tribute to the place where the world’s greatest athletes are born! The Emeralds will be wearing specialty TrackTown jerseys and fans can bid for the chance to run away with a jersey in a special two-day silent auction. Come celebrate TrackTown USA!
Like all great track meets, you can’t fit it all into one day! TrackTown Weekend will continue with players wearing specialty TrackTown jerseys and fans will be able to watch the photo finish of the silent auction. The Emeralds will also celebrate one of Eugene’s greatest athletes of all time, Ashton Eaton. The first 1,000 fans will receive an Ashton Eaton bobblehead!
Tracktown movie premiere
Tuesday, July 5th
Tracktown is inspired by the experiences and observations as a professional runner of Alexi Pappas, and the story is a fictional patchwork quilt of personalities and encounters woven together to capture the real adventure of growing up chasing the Olympic dream in Eugene, Oregon.
Tracktown tells the story of Plumb Marigold, a famous but lonely distance runner preparing for the biggest race of her life: The Olympic Trials. But when an injury forces her to take an unexpected day off, Plumb wanders into a bakery where the aimless boy behind the counter catches her eye.
Tracktown the movie premieres in Eugene on July 5th at theMcDonald Theatre on 1010 Willamette St.
Springfield Straight 8
Tuesday, July 5th
One Day After America’s Top 800m runners battle to make Team USA, The 5th Annual City of Springfield 800 Presented by Dole will take place along 5th Street in the historic Washburne District in Downtown Springfield, Oregon. Join Nick Symmonds, other elite athletes and community members from Springfield and Eugene for this all unique road race and epic community party.
Unlike a typical 800 meter race– which is two laps around an Olympic track, runners of all levels will be able to test themselves on a straight road course with no turns. Everyone can participate in the 800 – which is about a half-mile! Several waves of skill levels will be available and all runners will be chip timed for the most accurate 800 possible.
Hammer @ Hayward
Wednesday, July 6th
Hammer @ Hayward a FREE Olympic Trials event, July 6th
The best Hammer throwers in the country let it fly on Hayward Field for the first time in history, as they vie to make the U.S. National team headed for Rio.
Then the keys to Hayward get tossed over to the community and every one gets to compete in the All-Comers meet on the legendary Hayward track.
And surrounding all that, in the spirit of the Hammer Toss, there will be hamburgers and other yummies tossed off the grill, brews flying off the bar, scoops of ice cream tossed into sundaes at the sundae bar and “hammer-tossed salads” served up by the athletes themselves at the best July 6th backyard barbecue ever.
Enjoy live music performances by high-energy folk rockers, The June Bugs and by the talented Johnny Cash tribute band, Counterfeit Cash.
Field Games include bocci ball, spike ball, corn hole and more.
Open to the public, no ticket required.
OREGON TRACK CLUB’S ALL-COMERS MEET
Wednesday, July 6th
If you really want to experience what the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials are all about at the grass-roots level, call a friend and come out to the free Oregon Track Club’s All-Comers meet immediately after the hammer throw competition on Wednesday, July 6 at Hayward Field.
It promises to be a memorable evening with fun for the entire family. There will be a special TrackTown 16 t-shirt giveaway as long as supplies last, the chance to participate in three events – 60m dash, 100m and mile – plus an all-ages victory lap on the most revered track in America.
Tracktown youth league championship meet
Saturday, July 9th
Created by the Oregon Sports Authority and TrackTown USA, the TrackTown Youth League presented by Providence Sports Medicine is a series of FREE all-comer track meets across Oregon, open to all boys and girls ages 8-14. The TrackTown Youth League was created to encourage Oregon youth from all backgrounds and income levels to become healthy and active members of the community, inspire youth to participate in track & field and further Oregon’s position as the spiritual home for the sport in this country.
The top two competitors from each event will advance to the TrackTown Youth League Championship on July 9th around 6:30 after the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials competition has ended.
Run with a University of Oregon Researcher
July 1st – 10th (no runs on July 4 & 5)
Most mornings at 8:00 a.m. during the U.S. Olympic Team Trials, the University of Oregon will host “Run with a Researcher” outings. Meet in front of the UO Student Recreation Center and tour campus at a good clip. No sign-up required. Participants will head past libraries and research labs before enjoying Pre’s Trail or Pre’s Rock, both inspired by the late, great Steve Prefontaine. Best of all, each run will be led by one of our leading researchers. (Bonus: Participants get free T-shirts and a day pass and access to showers at the Student Recreation Center.)
WHEN: 8:00 a.m., July 1-10 (no runs July 4 & 5)
WHERE: Meet the researchers in front of the UO Student Recreation Center (1320 East 15th Avenue, just east of University Street)
ROUTES: Choose from three routes ranging from a flat 5K (3.1 miles) to a challenging 4.5 miler that takes you up behind Hendricks Park to Pre’s Rock
CONTACT: For questions, contact [email protected] or 541-346-9134