Oregon gears up to host the World Athletics Championships for the first time in the U.S.


The official countdown to the World Athletics Championships — Oregon 22 — has started, and Oregon is getting ready to welcome athletes, coaches, and fans from across the globe this summer.

The championships, which will be held in Eugene July 15-24, is the most prestigious event in track and field, and this year marks the first time that the United States will host. Previous host cities include Doha, London, Beijing, and Rome. The fact that the selection committee picked Eugene to host this global event both pays tribute to Oregon’s legacy with the sport of track and field, and also reinforces that the beauty and bounty of Oregon is special enough to be highlighted on an international platform. 

More than 2,000 athletes from over 200 nations will come to Hayward Field at the University of Oregon this summer to compete for a chance to call themselves the best in the world. Hayward Field is a world-class facility designed by athletes, for athletes, and will provide an unparalleled stage for the championships.

Hosting the World Athletics Championships presents an incredible opportunity for Oregon. During the month of July, Oregon 22 will bring thousands upon thousands of visitors from across the globe to the state. Visitors will not only be attending the games, but also exploring all that Oregon offers — from the state’s great outdoors to small businesses and world famous food scene. 

The Market District of Eugene, OR. (Photo by Katie Falkenberg)

Oregonians are so proud to come together in this celebration of diversity and athletic achievement, and invite all to join in the excitement of being the proud host of these championships.

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