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    Running Trails in EugeneRunning Trails in Eugene

    Eugene, Oregon is a great place to be a runner. It's no coincidence we're known worldwide as Track Town, USA.

    It all starts at Hayward Field on the University of Oregon Campus where Bill Hayward served as track coach from 1904 to 1947. Hayward Field has been home to three U.S. Olympic Team Trials, countless National and NCAA Championship meets as well as National and World Masters Championships. Excitement is everywhere now that Eugene has been awarded the rights to host the 2008 United States Olympic Team Trials in Track & Field for a record fourth time. Hayward Field is also famous for its annual summer all-comers meets where casual joggers mingle with world-class athletes. Be sure to notice the statue of legendary Bill Bowerman on the Northwest turn. A short run from the track will get you to Pre's Trail, Pre's Monument, the trails of Hendricks Park, the riverbank bike trail, the Amazon Trail and its connection to Rexius Trail. Sections of Pre's Trail and Amazon Trail are lighted for nighttime use.




      

    Adidas Amazon Trail
    Adidas Amazon Trail
    Adidas Amazon Trail, located just South of McChesney Track and South Eugene High School, is a popular running course for beginners and world class athletes alike. The smooth, bark chip trail is one mile around with a 1500 meter cut-off and 1km inner loop. A popular spot for interval running, the mile loop is marked every quarter and the kilometer loop is marked every 100 meters. A trail segment is lighted, making it a popular course in winter darkness. Just south of Amazon Trail is Rexius Trail, a 3.5 mile bark chip loop along Amazon Creek.


    Alton Baker Park And Trail Head For Pre's Trail
    Alton Baker Park And Trail Head For Pre's Trail
    Alton Baker park is Eugene's largest developed park and a jewel for long distance. West Alton Baker Park is developed and the Whilamut Natural Area of East Alton Baker Park is preserved in a wooded environment. Within the 400 acres of the park are Pre's Trail, Cuthbert Amphitheater, Public Gardens, Hays Memorial Tree Garden, the riverbank bike paths and a BMX Track as well as numerous unmarked footpaths known to many runners as "the goat trails.” The park, named for a co-founder of The Register Guard newspaper, is home to many of Eugene's most popular cross country and road races.


    Dorris Ranch Living History Farm Trail
    Dorris Ranch Living History Farm Trail
    At the dead end of South 2nd Street in Springfield lies one of Eugene and Springfield's local treasures. Dorris Ranch, a working filbert hazelnut orchard, offers local runners a quiet, off-the-beaten-track venue for running. Though Dorris Ranch doesn't offer the extensive trail system available at other local parks, it is difficult to tire of running there. 
Whether you're looking for a good location for a recovery run or you're interested in a workout, the surfaces in Dorris Ranch are soft. Runners can choose between loops through the hazelnut orchards or can explore the wooded trails in the rear of the ranch.


    Hendricks Park Trail
    Hendricks Park Trail
    Located less than a mile east of Hayward Field is the 78-acre sanctuary of Hendricks Park, Eugene's oldest park. Beneath a canopy of trees wind undulating paved paths, park roads and pine needle covered foot-trails. Run gently through the cinder paths of the 12-acre Rhododendron Garden or challenge yourself to a hill workout on Summit Avenue.


    Howard Buford Recreational Area, Mt. Pisgah Trail
    Howard Buford Recreational Area, Mt. Pisgah Trail
    Near the 30th Avenue exit on Interstate 5, just off Seavey Loop, runners can explore the Howard Buford Recreational Area, home to Mt. Pisgah. The recreational area has something for runners of all fitness abilities. Around the base of the mountain, runners can explore wooded, flat horse paths and the wood-chipped trails through the arboretum along the banks of the Coast Fork of the Willamette River. Climbing the trails to the summit of Mt. Pisgah is always a challenge; multiple fire roads and single-track trails lead to the top. If you're planning on driving to the park, be sure to bring some money as nominally priced parking permits are required for day usage; day passes are available at the trailheads.


    Lane Community College Trail
    Lane Community College Trail
    Also near the 30th Avenue exit on Interstate 5, west of the highway, is Lane Community College. It’s a good location for shorter runs and offers some nature trails behind the campus. The trails are best accessed near the northwest corner of the track or near the southeast corner of the rear parking lot. Also starting from the rear parking lot is a 1.25-mile long path that is marked every quarter mile. Lane Community College is home to the State Cross Country Championships each fall.



    Laurel Hill Park Trail
    Laurel Hill Park Trail
    Behind Laurelwood Municipal Golf Course at the top of Agate Street is Laurel Hill Park. Though not a very large park, there is a network of single-track trails through the forest. Runners can add challenging climbs and variety to their workouts in this area.


    OTC Runner's Map
    OTC Runner's Map
    New Runner's Map of area tracks and trails from the Oregon Track Club.
    OTC Map


    Pre's Trail
    Pre's Trail
    Steve Prefontaine was a University of Oregon runner who held seven American track records ranging from 2,000 meters to 10,000 meters. In his travels to Europe, Prefontaine was impressed with their running courses, and upon his return he suggested to Lane County officials the idea of a para course winding through Alton Baker Park.

    Steve died in a automobile accident in 1975. After his death, Lane County worked closely with the Oregon Track Club and UO track coach Bill Bowerman to design and build the running trail that now winds through the park. There are three interpretive signs located at different locations along the trail.


    Rexius Trail
    Rexius Trail
    Rexius Trail is a popular and pleasant 3.5-mile cedar chip trail along both sides of Amazon Creek in South Eugene. Mileage markers are posted every quarter mile. A popular course for local runners is to leave the Amazon Trail at halfway and follow the bike path a short distance which connects to Rexius Trail. The course is flat and tame but at the southernmost tip of Rexius Trail is a hidden trailhead popular with trail runners seeking mud, hills and seclusion.


    Riverbank Bike Paths Trail
    Riverbank Bike Paths Trail
    The riverbank bike paths extend from Springfield on the east, to west Eugene and back encompassing both sides of the beautiful Willamette River. The surface alternates between asphalt and concrete. Five footbridges span the river and mileage markers are evident for much of the route. Popular starting points are Alton Baker Park, EWEB and Valley River Center. The bike paths are within a short jog from many Eugene hotels as well as our store. Parts of the bike path are lighted. Restrooms and drinking fountains are always nearby. A popular route for local runners is to run a combination of intersecting sections of the bike paths and Pre's Trail in and around Alton Baker Park.


    Trail Running On Ridgeline Trail
    Trail Running On Ridgeline Trail
    The rugged but very runnable Ridgeline Trail is popular, especially in summer months when shade from the dense, old growth Douglas fir canopy shelters runners from hot afternoon sun. Trail runners are treated to spectacular views of the city below as they traverse the undulating course along a forested ridge in South Eugene. Ridgeline Trail is accessible from Dillard Road, Fox Hollow, Willamette Street and Blanton Road. Trail maps are posted at the trail heads.




      

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