Post courtesy of Run Oregon reader Maiah Miller
Last year I addressed Why You Need to Run the 2018 Eugene Marathon and I was not wrong. All of my tips and locations of interest for runners holds true, and this year, it’s even better. For the 2019 Eugene Marathon, there are tons of new features including a first-ever finish on the field at the renowned Autzen Stadium. Have you ever wanted to finish a marathon on a football field to the cheering of over 50,000 people? (I know, that would be a very specific goal). But if that sounds exciting (and motivating) to you, then Eugene 2019 might be just the dream run.
The Eugene Marathon takes place on April 28th in Eugene, Oregon, which of course is commonly referred to as TrackTown. You can literally brush elbows with world record holding runners as you train, and run the same trails run by Prefontaine, Eugene’s honored hero. It’s not unusual to get a wave or high-five from a training Olympic-caliber runner, and the same spirit of running is almost tangible during race weekend. Creative running signs, costumed cheerers and music lines the course which remains one of the flattest and thereby fastest, marathons.
This coming April, you can join in the race weekend run with the exciting Expo (there are some great new companies repping the marathon this year!) and a free yoga class for the community. After the race, the Eugene Marathon hosts a huge Finish Festival with live bands, pancakes, massages and more. Local running stores offer group training, runs and giveaways, and nearby businesses like Whole Foods offer catered post-running gatherings a few weekends before the big day.
If you’re looking for a great race with mild weather, tons of spectator support and some inspiring runners, head to Eugene in April. It may also just be your only chance to finish a marathon on the fifty yard line in Autzen Stadium. Just imagine emerging from a tunnel and sprinting across the finish to adoring fans. I’ll see you there!
And for $10 off the half or full Eugene Marathon, use code MAIAHEM19