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Bring your energy and get ready to cheer for thousands of runners and walkers, from all across the country, as they speed their way along the 26.2 and 13.1 mile courses. Starting outside the University of Oregon's famous Hayward field (15th & Agate), the courses run through 9 miles of Eugene's streets and 5 miles of Springfield's streets. The marathon course winds the rest of the way along the Willamette River bike path ending on the track at Hayward Field. Some specific spectator locations include: Alton Baker, Amazon, Maurie Jacobs, Skinner Butte and Willamalane Parks. Or dine along the river/course at Valley River Inn's Sweetwaters and McMenamin's North Bank restaurants. Come out and show these runners & walkers why Eugene/Springfield is considered Track Town, U.S.A!
Best Viewing Spots
Check out the official Course Map (2016 map coming soon) and look for the gold stars that indicate the best viewing locations, cheer zones and/or where live music will be cranked up!
One of our marathoners' favorite things is seeing the signs that spectators hold up for them as they pass by. From motivational to humorous, holding signs is a great way to cheer on your specific runner or our participants in general. Take a picture of your funny or motivational sign and post it on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #EM16Signs and you will be entered into a contest to win a Eugene Marathon prize basket!
Do you get bored waiting for your runner to finish their race? Have a hard time seeing your runner through the crowds of people at the popular spectator spots? Sign up to volunteer as a Course Marshal and get a front-row seat as the runners pass by! Click here to visit our volunteer page and reserve your seat on race day!
Parking and Getting Around
Race Day Parking & Directions:
SATURDAY: 5K & Kid's Duck Dash - There is metered street parking around Hayward Field on Saturdays. Additionally, many UO parking lots are available and free to the public on weekends. Read signs carefully. View Saturday UO Parking Map
SUNDAY: Marathon & Half Marathon - Parking around Hayward Field on Sunday will be limited and parking violators will be towed immediately. We encourage participants to park downtown and take shuttles from the Hilton Eugene. City parking garages near the Hilton and street parking are FREE on Sundays. View Sunday Downtown Eugene Parking Map
HAYWARD FIELD: Click here for directions to Hayward Field
Download the new ePark app from the City of Eugene to your iPhone or iPad to find street parking and parking garages in downtown Eugene!
EMX & LTD: Lane Transit District provides easy and affordable transportation around the ciyt of Eugene. Specifically, the EmX line (bus rapid transit) stops just blocks from Matthew Knight Arena and Hayward Field at Agate Station.
>>LTD & EmX Schedule Information
Valet Bicycle Parking
Pedal to the race for a little warm up! Valet bicycle parking is available on Sunday, May 1st from 6:00am -2:00pm. Located at the SW corner UO’s Knight Law School on Agate between 15th & 17th Ave. CAT volunteers will store your bike until you are ready to leave! $3 donation is suggested.
For information about shuttle services to Hayward Field, click here
PICK A COLOR! Make a plan to meet friends and family in the festival area on the soccer fields next to Hayward Field. Pick your favorite color and meet by that balloon tower (Red, Yellow, Green, Purple). Spectators can enter the festival from behind the West Grandstands at Hayward Field or off of 15th.
www.eugenemarathon.com: At any point in the race, your fans can enter your name or bib number on the homepage to follow your progress.
Facebook / Twitter / Text:
Get real-time race updates posted to your Facebook, Twitter or text accounts. Notifications can be set up using a link posted here beginning in mid April, 2016.
Live Video: Watch live video of the finish from the homepage. Tell friends and family your estimated finish time and they can watch you finish at Hayward Field from anywhere in the world! Live video begins on the homepage approximately 45 minutes after the race begins.