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Eugene, Oregon has been awarded the 2021 World Track and Field Championships after many weeks of quiet negotiations.

Eugene earned a close second in last fall’s bid for the 2019 World Championships. In February, organizers appealed to IAAF president Lamine Diack, and were encouraged to campaign for the 2021 event. Track Town USA President Vin Lananna says he wasn’t feeling confident until this week. He spoke from Beijing after the council meeting: 

Karen Richards

Eugene is in contention to host the largest sporting event in the world in 2019. International track and field evaluators visited Sunday and Monday. Next month, they'll choose the location of the 2019 World Championships.

The Evaluation Commission for the International Association of Athletics Federations has been to Barcelona, Spain. They travel to Doha, Qatar later this week. Eugene is the third contender for the competition. British politician and former Olympic middle distance athlete, Sebastian Coe, is the IAAF's Vice President:

Nick Symmonds represented the USA in the men's 800-meter at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and the 2012 Olympics in London. The Springfield resident has a new book out about his career on and off the track.

Karen Richards

The University of Oregon premiered a new program today. It's a running tour of campus, designed to highlight the history of Track Town USA.

About 20 incoming freshmen, student ambassadors and parents participated in the debut tour. Roger Thompson is Vice President for Enrollment. He says it struck him there's only one university in the country that could pull off a campus running tour.

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At race registration, one person stands out among the runners.

“I’ve got my water jugs, and my gun here," he gestures. "I’m ready to go hunting for rabbits.”

This man calls himself Eugene Skinner.

“Came out here, and started a ferry. Brought my family out here, and we thought we’d raise our kids out here,” he said.

With racing bib number 2549, he won the first “Eugene Skinner” look-alike contest. There was only one other contestant. Both will run in the 41st Butte to Butte run.

Desmond O'Boyle

It was a windy second day at the NCAA Track and Field Championships at Hayward Field. Many athletes have superstitions or rituals before they compete, and track is no different. KLCC’s Desmond O’Boyle went out in search of some of those stories and has this audio postcard.

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Karen Richards

Eugene is used to hosting big track and field events. But what does coming to Track Town mean to the thousands of visitors here for the NCAA Championships?

The first day of competition was sunny and warm. Most newcomers to Track Town USA complemented Oregon's natural beauty:

Mareno: "Lavonne Mareno, I'm from Corpus Christie Texas. We love the trees. Eugene is awesome."

Hamilton: "Fisher Hamilton from Lake Charles Louisiana. It's beautiful. I didn't know it was going to be this pretty I knew it was going to be awesome but it's unreal, it really is."

Jes Burns

The best collegiate track and field athletes in the country are traveling to Eugene this week to compete in the NCAA Championships.  The 4-day meet opens Wednesday at Hayward Field. 

 

The University of Oregon Men’s track and field team got some big news last week.  The national rankings were released and the Ducks were on top for the first time since April.  Senior Trevor Dunbar is one of 21 U of O entries who hope to score points for the team.  Dunbar will be running the 5000 and 10,000 meters.   

Recorded on : June 6th, 2014

Air Date: June 9th, 2014

Eugene has a rich track and field history, and the speakers scheduled for June 6 are working toward a rich track and field future. Vin Lananna and Mike Reilly discuss their plans to bring to Eugene the best track and field athletes from the around the country and the world for many years to come.

Eugene is hosting the NCAA Division I National Championships in June and the World Junior Championships in July. Lananna and Reilly will talk about some ways that Eugene benefits from these events.

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Eugene's reputation as "Track Town USA" was well earned Saturday. Both the women's and men's teams were crowned NCAA Indoor Champions. It was the men's first title since 2009. This was the women's fifth consecutive championship. They are only the second team to accomplish this.

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