Spring is upon us, and it’s time to lace up your sneakers and get back into shape (or at least off the couch). For a little running inspiration, we suggest a trip to Eugene — Oregon’s own Track Town USA.

Root for runners: Check out the Prefontaine Classic at historic Hayward Field on June 2. This premier track and field event is a chance to see world-class athletes compete. And from June 22-July 1, American athletes will converge here for the U.S. Olympics Team Track and Field Trials.

New duds: The fire is in the belly, but a new outfit can fire you up, too. Visit the Eugene Running Company or the newly remodeled Nike store for retail encouragement — shoes, shorts, techwear, water bottles and snacks. Feel faster already, dontcha?

Run for fun: Join up with a local running or walking group from the Eugene Running Company. Check out the Monday popular night run, the “Bagel Run” on Sundays, or the Run Momma Run on Thursdays.

Carbo load: When its time for carbo-recovery, we’re thinking Ambrosia Restaurant & Bar. Manicotti di pollo, calzone margarita and bruchetta with butternut squash and marscapone. Mangia! How about a beer chaser at one of Eugene’s many fine breweries — Ninkasi Brewing Company, Oakshire Brewing, Steelhead Brewing or Rogue Brewing?

Sweet dreams: Rest those tired legs in style at Inn at the 5th, Eugene’s new boutique hotel. Enjoy a state of the art fitness room and the elegant design of comfortable guestrooms. Spa anyone? Massage? If you need anything else, you’re likely to find it a few steps from your room at the Fifth Street Public Market.

About the Author: Eileen Garvin

Eileen Garvin is the editor of Travel Oregon’s Seasonal Features, enewsletters and annual visitor guide. When she’s not cooking up trip ideas, Oregon Dreamer profiles and outdoor adventures to write about, she’s out exploring Oregon.

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