Get a Running Start in Eugene

April 26, 2016 (Updated May 18, 2016)

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 May 27-28. This premier track and field event is a chance to see world-class athletes compete. And from July 1-10, 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 Beppe & Gianni’s Trattoria: lasagna della casa, bruschetta mista and prosciutto e melone. How about a beer chaser at one of Eugene’s many fine breweries — Ninkasi Brewing Company, Oakshire Brewing or Hop Valley, for starters. Check out the Eugene Ale Trail for more.

Sweet dreams: Rest those tired legs in style at Inn at the 5th, Eugene’s 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.

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Eileen Garvin
Eileen Garvin lives and writes in Hood River. When she’s not hunched over her keyboard or digging in the garden, you can find her mountain biking, kiteboarding, hiking, skiing or camping somewhere in Oregon.