Racing or ‘Fan Girling’ at the USATF Olympic Team Trials? Welcome to Our Beautiful State!
It’s Day 0 of the champs, here’s our insiders guide to Eugene. Lots of Good Eating, coffee sippin’, Beer Drinking and some great Workout and Run Options.
Getting around: Cycling is the best way to see and experience Eugene. Our super cycle-friendly city has bikes for rent from Paul’s bicycle way of life. 556 Charnelton street. (541) 344-4105 (they also have two other locations in town) price is $24 first day, $8 all other days… $72 for a week. It’s ‘first come first serve’ and NO reservations so get in there ASAP! Ps.Also lock your bikes tight and right.
Parking can be a b**tch around Hayward quite honestly with only meter parking or 2 hour slots. If you’re not coming via bike or foot, TrackTown USA is offering free shuttles again which are a great option. Park and ride options are available from Autzen Stadium (2727 Leo Harris Parkway) and South Eugene High School (400 E. 19th Avenue) check out the park and ride schedule right : HERE
You can also get to/ from Portland on the train (station is downtown) or a great value ‘bolt bus‘ (leaves from the 5th st market)
Shuttle from Eugene Airport: HERE
There is also a direct shuttle to PDX airport from the Phoenix Inn Hotel. (Hunt Portland airport shuttle).
Hayward Field/ Campus: There are various options directly around Hayward for brunch, beer, dessert and refreshments.
If you want to workout or swim, the Student Rec center next to Hayward is doing an ‘Olympic Trials access rate’ of $35! Passes go on sale from the 28th June and can be purchased from inside the Rec throughout the trials.
One of the top places to check out for ‘social hour’ after the last event is the WILD DUCK cafe. This is where you will find a few past and present familiar faces, a great atmosphere and good food. It is base camp for Hoka One One & ElliptiGO will be host community rides from right outside. (See schedule below)
A good cupa coffee isn’t great around these parts but Dutch bros and Starbucks is on the main 99 highway to Springfield.
There are two great options for food and beer south of Hayward, ‘Agate Alley’ -one of my favorites, (can’t miss Taco Tuesday) and McMenimans is another option next door on the corner of 19th and Agate st.
If you love Lauren Fleshman as much as we do then go and check out the Picky Bars tent on the corner of 19th and agate, just SE of Hayward by some wonderful dessert spots.
Studio One is a fantastic brunch option with a great menu full of Benedics, waffles and omelettes.
If you’re a runner looking for trail mix, the closest place would be locally owned super market, ‘Market of Choice’ on Franklin Blvd/highway 99, next to Mathew Knight Arena aka ‘packet pickup’. It’s just a 5 min walk from Hayward. If you are looking for just about ANYTHING, head next door to Hirons, and I’m sure you will find it.
-If you are really hungry and it’s late, there’s a chipotle in the student union open until 10pm.
5th st market: LOTS of Olympic Trials events will be going on here throughout the week at RUNHUB NW, (check out the full schedule below). Hoka One One, Oiselle, Brooks and New Balance among others brands will be hosting demo and group runs from the store.
Recharge Eugene athlete Recovery Lounge just opened last weekend, be sure to stop by and check out this amazing and affordable resource for runners, helping us all stay healthy!
Tailored is a super chic, minimalist coffee shop right across the street on 5th street.
Tap and Growler is a very ‘run-friendly’ bar and hosts a weekly community run. They will sure to be having some events happening throughout the trials, follow them on Instagram to find out the details. @tapandgrowler.
5th street market has a great food court and some cute boutiques, the grilled salmon salad is my absolute favorite. In and around this area you will find lots of great places to eat, drink and enjoy yourself.
Downtown: Downtown has some great coffee, eatery and interesting night life options.
Broadway is home of the famous VoodDoo donuts, it’s cash only so don’t wait in line to later find out you have no dollar.
– SATURDAY FARMERS MARKET- open until 3 pm
-The Barn Light pours the best latte in town
-For brunch, Morning Glory is up by the train station and the best vegan brunch spot you’ll find.
– In Eugene to party? Jameson’s is a go-to followed by Cowfish, a place to end the night if you’re looking for some ridiculous shenanigans, a place popular with runners who aren’t great at dancing.
-Lots of ‘way more awesome’ breweries and bars have live music and good vibes.
Coburg Road Area: Alton Baker park- River bike trail and Pre’s trail is accessed by car via coburg/ country club rd (can be accessed by foot from Hayward Field).Coburg road area is home of the Eugene Running Co, Nike Store, Hard Core Yoga ( if you need to de stress and get your stretch on then check out the ‘Yoga for Athletes’ class) The Autzen football stadium (Park and Ride) is also across the river accessed via Coburg.
Amazon/South Willamette: The South Eugene High school track off 24th and Amazon Parkway is usually always open, it is also the head of the Adidas Amazon trail, (a 1 km & 1 mile bark loop). This connects to rexius trail along E & W Amazon Drive (6 mile run, all flat loop) You can connect into the woods of the ridge line trail system Off Martin st/ Center way. From there, the trails are endless, technical and hilly.
The main South Eugene campus is also the 2nd Park and ride shuttle location: 400 E. 19th Avenue. Schedule:
If you want to swim and it’s a nice day then head to the Amazon pool $5 drop in or cheaper for a punch card. It’s a 50m outdoor pool. Lap swim times vary but usually early mornings, midday and evening hours.
Willamette shopping area/Willamette and 29th has a large local grocery store ‘Market of Choice’ and also houses my favorite place to chill out and drink coffee. 16tons is my place of choice, good coffee, and delicious crepes. There are only two power plugs here though so make sure you arrive with some tech juice.
If you want to escape the crowds then head to ‘friendly street market’ and check out some of Eugene’s finest rural urban living.
The Whit: GREAT FOOD, GREAT BEER! The Whit is home to breweries such as Ninkasi and Hop Valley, Sam Bonds Garage, and great eateries: Papa Souls, the best southern food in town (although the waits are long) and amazing pizza at the The Pizza Research Institute, Tacovore, and the Falling Sky Pour house are great choices to eat or drink.
-The wandering Goat, one of the most highly rated coffee spots in town can be found here.
-Enjoy sushi? The best place is a ‘hole in the wall’ joint called Mame. The chef special isn’t cheap but totally worth it.
-Head over to award winning dessert spot ‘Sweet Life’ for all kinds of yummies. (Vegan friendly)
W. 11th- Head this way to the wonderful, magical Oregon coastline. Make sure you pick up some iced coffee and a famous peanut butter and jelly from Coffee Plant Roasters.
Out of Town:
Springfield: on July 5th the Nick Symmonds Springfield Straight 800m will Be happening. There is still time to enter. See below! If you woo Nick or some of the organizers maybe you’ll get on the guest list for the Run Gum after party.
The Coast: Florence is the closest coast line and has a super cute old town. Heceta Beach and Heceta Head Light house are also worth a view.
Here are my favorite coastal spots between Eugene and Portland:
Cape Perpetua and Yachats:
Cape Kiwanda and Pacific City:
Run: Pre’s, Amazon-> Rexius-> RidgeLine
Out of Town: Cottage Grove Lake, McKenzie River Trail
Coffee: I’ve drank most coffee in Eugene, I have my favorite spots depending on occasion.
Social: Allen Bros downtown is a cute spot for social hour. Lots of seating and sandwiched between some beautiful interior stores.
The best Latte: The Barn Light wins this for me. They just opened a second location, with parking just as difficult, close to the Phoenix Inn Hotel so be sure to check it out by foot.
Wurk: 16 Tons on Willamette st is full of wireless workers, it’s usually nice and quiet inside when it’s a sunny day out.
Tea: Townshend is world renowned. I like the blush rose tea and the masala Chai.
Budget: Laughing Planet Cafe. Lots of fun bowls and burritos with a seasonal, ever-changing menu.
Cute factor: The Vintage is super quaint and has happy hour food specials throughout the week.
Splurge: Party Downtown is a less well know (I like to call it a secret) wonderful delicious place. If you’re going to do it, do it right with the chefs menu. If you’re short on time, then probably skip and check out Rye, also downtown.
The Glenwood Restaurant- two locations to pick from
Market of Choice on Willamette, indoor and outdoor seating.
Sundance Market (vegan store) on 24th Ave.
Off the waffle
The Sweet life opened their second location next to Price Pucklers ice cream right by Hayward, be sure to check it out if you need a little sweetness in your life.
Across the street you will find Picky Bars and at certain times Lauren Fleshman!!! Check out this awesome schedule she’s got going on for the week!
Coldfire is my new favorite brewery of choice. Full of locals and tucked away over the rail road from RunHubNW. Head to the Whittaker if you want to do some brewery hopping. If you just want a huge selection of Beer then check out Bierstein.
Butte to Butte: On July 4th runnerspace will be covering the fantastic Butte to Butte race from Spencer Butte middle school to the foot of Skinner butte between pearl and high on 5th st (right by Run Hub NW) this race is for every one to kick off the holiday with a 10km Run or 4.5 mile run !! Check out details here!
Track Town: The Movie showing at the McDonald Theatre July 5th.
Nick Symmonds Springfield Straight 800m. Still time to sign up right here.
A great event, +some great prize money ! This is not one to miss!
Farmers Market- Willamette and 6th. Every Saturday until 3pm
ElliptiGO: Community rides from the Wild Duck Cafe, check them out right HERE:
HOKA ONE ONE + WILD DUCK CAFE PLAY BOOK:
U of O student Rec center Gym, pool & courts: $35 10 day pass. Great option for a run commute to the track if you want to shower as it’s right next to Hayward.
Amazon Pool: $5 drop in,
Hike Spencer Butte (free)
I hope this helps you on your travels! Enjoy the Olympic Trials everyone!!!
ps. Don’t judge my map, it took me all day to draw 🙂