We understand that many federations will be looking for places for their teams to train and acclimate in advance of the IAAF World Championships and Oregon has those, too. Cities around the state of Oregon have already begun preparing their facilities and communities to serve as pre-championships training sites for federations of all needs and sizes. Whether it is a city or rural environment you seek, track or trails, Oregon stands ready with over 10 university campuses and many other wellequipped local tracks to meet your training, accommodation, recovery and recreation needs.
Opportunities are available statewide, like in Portland (elevation 50 ft/15.2 m), where you’ll find an urban core packed with art, restaurants and shops, including the world’s largest independent bookstore. Take a run along the waterfront or through one of America’s largest urban parks, or rent a cruiser bicycle from a street-side rack and see the city on two wheels. Plus Portland is surrounded by communities ringed by forests and farms, so you’re always a stone’s throw from an array of trails and attractions, like the waterfall corridor in the scenic Columbia River Gorge and summer skiing at Mt. Hood (peak elevation 11,249 ft/3,429 m).
Just an hour west of Eugene is the unrivaled Oregon Coast. All 363 miles of pristine coastline are free and open to the public, earning the moniker “The People’s Coast.” Here you can explore secluded beaches dotted with lighthouses, shipwrecks, wildlife reserves and picture-perfect views that belong on postcards. The Coast has cooler weather and consistent cloud cover; raise your temperatures with a hike up a Coast Range mountain or rent a fat bike to ride on the beach. The closest coastal city to Eugene is Florence (elevation 14 ft/4.27 m) at the northern end of the 40-mile-long Oregon Dunes, the largest expanse of coastal sand dunes in North America, where you can adventure via sandboard or dune buggy and then satisfy your craving for nostalgia (and seafood) in the historic Old Town.
At one point or another, you’ll find yourself in a lush forest. We recommend capping o£ an invigorating hike with a soak in one of the natural mineral hot springs located in the Willamette National Forest, about an hour east of Eugene. Whether you opt for the shaded three pools at Terwilliger or the tiled spas at Belknap, your muscles will thank you. Continue east to the high desert outdoor playground called Central Oregon, home to 300 days of sunshine, snow-kissed mountains, shimmering rivers and alpine lakes. The trail running scene is alive and well in Bend (elevation 3,623 ft/1,104.3 m), the region’s biggest city and cultural epicenter, where you can sprint under old growth pines, along the Deschutes River or up challenging peaks.
Every direction you turn, adventure awaits in Oregon. To the south you’ll find the one-of-a-kind Table Rocks (elevation 2,091 ft/637 m) and Crater Lake (peak elevation 8,000 ft/2,400 m), the deepest lake in the United States. The town of Ashland (elevation 1,949 ft/594 m), another trail running hotspot, connects with the famed Pacific Crest Trail and boasts exciting watershed trails and steep ascents. Southern Oregon’s landscapes range from Wild and Scenic rivers to one of the West’s largest cave systems. It’s also home to historic cities, gold rush towns and worldclass events like the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Plus the South Coast, a hidden gem, is just a short drive away.