Lace up those trusty, old trainers and head to Eugene, Oregon to run the 'perfect' marathon ending at the famous Hayward Field, University of Oregon.
Runners rejoice, you've found the 'Best of the Best Marathon' in Eugene, Oregon. According to Runners World Magazine this marathon and half marathon is the 'perfect race': flat, fast and picturesque.
With over a decade of experience, Eugene know exactly how to organise and run the event to ensure runners receive the best pre and post-run treatment, spectators are given the very best views and even young runners have the opportunity to participate.
The track runs through Amazon park, past the University of Oregon and along the Willamette river so you are guaranteed a scenic route with enough variety to keep you running through those blister-growing, leg-aching moments. Ending at the iconic Hayward Field, you'll feel every bit the Olympian when you cross the finish line at the site of the 2012 Olympic Track and Field trials. Don't forget to visit the massage and stretch tent afterwards and the beer garden for a celebratory drink with family and friends where you can show off your winners medal.
There is also a big Health and Fitness Expo in the days leading up to the marathon. You should collect your race-day packet here and also have the chance to get in the zone with freebies from sponsors. What's more, the marathon organisers liaise with local restaurants to give runners the chance to get that all important carb-heavy meal the night before race-day at a discounted price.
Young runners also have the chance to compete in their very own 'Duck Dash' race which runs alongside a smaller 5K event. If your little one is planning on being the next Paula Hamilton then they might want to try the Duck Dash tracker; kids run portions of their marathon in the run-up to the event at home or school, leaving the last few miles to finish at the event.
With the prestigious title of 'Track Town, USA', Eugene is the perfect place for running fanatics to complete their next marathon.
Don't forget to let loose afterwards at the after-party - if your poor feet can manage it.
- Get there: Catch a domestic flight from the larger US international airports to Eugene Airport.
- Stay: Find a hotel close to the University of Oregon to be close to the finish line.
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