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The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) is the international governing body for the sport of track and field and contains 214 member federations. The IAAF's premier event is the World Championships, which takes place once every two years.
The IAAF World Championships will be the world's largest sporting event in 2021. The 2021 iteration of the World Championships will take place in Oregon. It will be the first time in history that the Championships will take place on US soil. The official name of the event is the IAAF World Championships Oregon21.
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.
The dates of the 2021 World Championships are Friday, August 6 - Sunday, August 15, 2021.
The website for the event is: oregon21.com
This will be the third IAAF 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 IAAF World Championships Oregon21 is coming to Oregon Friday, August 6 through Sunday, August 15, 2021. The majority of the events will take place at Hayward Field at the University of Oregon. Some events leading up to the Championships will take place in other parts of Oregon, as well. We will post additional information as the event program is finalized.
The Local Organizing Committee, known as Oregon21, is a tax-exempt subsidiary of Track Town USA, Inc. (an Oregon non-profit corporation) that has been established to deliver the 2021 IAAF World Championships. Oregon21 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 2021. 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 Oregon21 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:
These projects provide a few examples of how Oregon21 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 2021. The City is committed to hosting an inclusive, safe, and responsible event for all.
The preparations for a sound accommodations plan that meets the need 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 IAAF 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 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 conducted with 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.
Many federations representing countries will be looking for places for their teams to train and acclimate in advance of the IAAF World Championships. 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 IAAF team leaders looking to bring their teams over early for camps. This will happen by way of the Oregon21 website, where information on available communities is featured (oregon21.com). This information will also be distributed through official communications from the IAAF 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. Most federations will plan site visits around 9-12 months prior to the 2021 World Championships.
For more training camp information, including how communities can establish themselves as a training camp option, visit: oregon21.com.
In advance of IAAF World Championships, the City of Eugene Parks program launched 2,021 for 2021, an initiative to plant 2,021 giant sequoia trees by 2021. While working hard to clean the air, the giant sequoia will also make our community more attractive, livable, and prosperous. They will be 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 will boost Eugene's urban forest and turn hosting the Championships into a more sustainable opportunity for the southern Willamette Valley. For more information, please contact Scott Altenhoff, Urban Forestry at 541-682-4817 or Scott.R.Altenhoff@ci.eugene.or.us.
The 20x21EUG Mural Project is an initiative of the City of Eugene Cultural Service’s Public Art Program to create 20 or more world-class outdoor murals in Eugene between now and the IAAF World Championships Oregon21. The project is 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. As the project grows, it will seek artist exchanges between Eugene artists and international cities.
Click here to learn more about the renovation of Hayward Field.
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