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World Athletics (formerly International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF)) is the international governing body for the sport of track and field and contains 214 member federations. World Athletics’ premier event is the World Athletics Championships, which takes place once every two years. The term ’athletics’ outside the U.S. means ’track and field.’
Due to COVID-19, World Athletics postponed the Championships from August 2021 to July 2022. The World Athletics Championships Oregon22 event will take place in Eugene, Oregon at University of Oregon’s Hayward Field July 15-24, 2022. It will be the first time in history that the Championships will take place on US soil.
The event will be hosted in partnership with USA Track & Field (USATF), the National Governing Body for track and field, long-distance running, and race walking in the United States.
This will be the third track and field championship event to be held in Oregon in the span of seven years. The IAAF World Junior Championships made its U.S. debut in TrackTown USA in the summer of 2014 and the IAAF World Indoor Championships was hosted in Portland in March of 2016.
The World Athletics Championships Oregon22 event is coming to Eugene, Oregon July 15-24, 2022. The majority of the events will take place at Hayward Field at the University of Oregon. Additional information will be posted on this website as the event program is finalized.
The Local Organizing Committee, known as Oregon22, is a tax-exempt subsidiary of Track Town USA, Inc. (an Oregon non-profit corporation) that has been established to deliver the 2022 World Athletics Championships. Oregon22 is partnering with USA Track & Field, the national governing body for the sport in this country, and communities around the state to welcome the world in 2022. The City of Eugene is represented on this committee as a primary stakeholder to ensure the delivery of a world-class event that will have a lasting positive impact on our community.
The City of Eugene’s ultimate vision for Oregon22 is that we maximize results from existing plans and policies to support the event, engage the community, and inspire the world. A few examples of how the organization is leveraging the event for the betterment of the community include the following projects:
These projects provide a few examples of how Oregon22 can catalyze projects that will leave an enduring legacy in our community.
Additionally, the City of Eugene has taken a lead role in previous track and field events to ensure the event represents our community values, and will do the same in 2022. The City is committed to hosting an inclusive, safe, and responsible event for all.
The preparations for a sound accommodations plan that meet the needs of the event are well underway. By utilizing the hotel inventory (including new properties that will be built prior to 2021), University of Oregon residence halls, student apartment complexes, and the AirBnB market, there will be an ample supply of beds for World Athletics staff, athletes and team officials, members of the media, and spectators.
An Athlete Village will be created using University of Oregon residence halls. Spectators will have options in local hotels and AirBnB offerings. Additionally, experience from hosting the U.S. Olympic Trials indicates that spectators also choose to stay in communities up and down the I-5 corridor and other cities within Lane County.
A preliminary economic impact report Travel Lane County conducted with economic consulting firm ECONorthwest in the fall of 2015 estimated spending by visitors at $52 million of direct spending associated with the event itself. The report also shows direct spending by visitors and by the event totaling $138 million with a total output (value of goods and services produced) of $205 million.
As for other large-scale track and field meets, Travel Lane County reports:
Many federations representing countries will be looking for places for their teams to train and acclimate in advance of the World Athletics Championships Oregon22 event. 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. Oregon stands ready with over 10 university campuses and many other well-equipped local tracks to meet the training, accommodation, recovery, and recreation needs of the world’s greatest athletes.
The organizing team provides a platform to connect local communities interested in hosting international teams with World Athletics team leaders looking to bring their teams over early for camps. This will happen through Oregon22’s website, where information on available communities will be featured. This information will also be distributed through official communications from World Athletics to the teams and, eventually, communication directly from the organizing committee to teams. The local organizing committee does not select training camp locations for the federations; it is up to the federations to make their own selections. Federations may plan site visits around 9-12 months prior to the 2022 World Championships.
More information about training camps will be posted as it is available.
In advance of the World Athletics Championships and prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Eugene Parks & Open Space program launched 2,021 for 2021: an initiative to plant 2,021 giant sequoia trees by 2021. While working hard to clean the air, giant sequoias also make our community more attractive, livable, and prosperous. They have been planted in shared public areas such as parks and street medians, as well as in private spaces like schools, local businesses, and homes. The 2,021 for 2021 project ultimately will boost Eugene’s urban forest and turn hosting the Championships into a more sustainable opportunity for the southern Willamette Valley. All of the trees have been planted! To learn more, please visit website linked above or email project lead Scott Altenhoff with Urban Forestry.
City of Eugene staff decided to keep the name of this project as-is (keeping the name ’2021’ instead of changing it to ’2022’) in the spirit of capturing the excitement and enthusiasm the community held for the World Athletics Championships event prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. New projects are underway that take long-term community recovery from COVID-19 into account and will be promoted accordingly.
In advance of the World Athletics Championships and prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Eugene Cultural Services program launched the 20x21 Mural Project: an initiative that aimed to create 20 or more world-class outdoor murals leading up to the World Championships. The project has been led by a highly engaged committee representing collaboration across sectors including communications, law, architecture, small business, nonprofit, and the arts. 20×21 aims to bring color and life to Eugene’s urban landscape to foster pride and contribute to a sense of identity. To date, the project has brought 24 murals in total to the city.
The best way to stay updated on everything related to the World Athletics Championships Oregon22 event is to sign up for for their email listserv: https://worldathleticschamps.com/oregon21/register/
The Oregon22 website is currently being updated and will be re-launched in Fall 2020.
The World Athletics Championships Oregon22 event will take place at Hayward Field at University of Oregon. Learn more about the venue and its renovation by clicking here.
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