Eugene, Oregon is home to Hayward Field which has helped create this Track Town USA. Pretty sure one must sign a contract that they are indeed a runner when moving to this city, everyone is ALWAYS biking and running. Very healthy and active city with a ton of outdoor adventuring to be had.
The Story of Hayward Field
"Hayward Field at University of Oregon is one of the best-known historic track and field stadiums in the United States. It was the home of Oregon's football team from 1919 until 1967, and has been the home to the Ducks' Track and Field teams since 1921. Hayward Field was named after the Oregon Ducks first track coach, Bill Hayward, who ran the Ducks' program from 1904 to 1947.
Hayward was built in 1919 to replace Kincaid Field, and was intended to primarily serve the school's football program. In 1921, a six-lane cinder track was constructed around the football field. In 1967, the football team, having outgrown the facility, moved to the newly-constructed Autzen Stadium, making Hayward Field a track and field-only facility. In 1970, the track was widened to eight lanes and converted to an all-weather surface. The track was converted to the metric system in 1988, its length changing from 440 yards (402.336m) to 400 meters. In addition, a 200-meter warmup track was added to the south of the main track, along with a new hammer throw area and a weight room facility. One of the most modern scoreboards of the time was added in 1991, which gave unofficial times and places of competitors seconds after they finished.
After a donation by Bill Bowerman, UO's longtime track coach, the 15,000-square-foot (1,400 m2) Bowerman Building was added to the northwest of the track, housing locker rooms, U of O track memorabilia and the university's International Institute for Sport and Human Performance.
A major renovation began in 2004, adding a new entrance named Powell Plaza, moving the practice track and expanding it to 400 meters, and replacing the aging fencing bordering the complex, among other improvements. With news that Eugene would host the US Olympic Trials in 2008, Hayward Field underwent more renovation in 2007. Eight light poles were installed, allowing for televised night events. The crowned infield was removed and reconfigured, and a walkway behind the west grandstand was added. A new scoreboard was installed thanks to a donation by Phil Knight and Nike.
Hayward Field has hosted NCAA Championships, USATF Championships, USATF Elite Running Circuit events, and the stadium hosts the Nike Prefontaine Classic annually in June. It hosted the US Track and Field Olympic Trials in 1972, 1976, and 1980, making it the only site to host three consecutive trials. It again hosted the Trials in 2008 for the Beijing Olympics. Temporary seating was installed, which raised the crowd capacity to more than 21,000. On December 12, 2007, it was announced that Hayward Field would also host the 2012 Track and Field Olympic Trials for the London Olympics. It was also announced that Hayward Field would be the location of the 2009 and 2011 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
Nike released the "Air Zoom Hayward" running shoe, in honor of Hayward Field.
Hayward Field played itself in a fictionalized staging of the Olympic trials for the 1982 film, Personal Best and in the 1998 biography of Steve Prefontaine, Without Limits."