Olympic Trials

Track & Field fans and athletes from around the country have come to Eugene and Springfield for the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials. The Race Walk Trials in Downtown Springfield have concluded. Thanks to our community partners for making it happen!

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Illustration of two race walkers competing in front of Springfield City Hall.About the Olympic Trial Race Walk Event

On June 26, 2021, Downtown Springfield, Oregon hosted the US Olympic Trials Race Walk event, a first for the Springfield community! The City of Springfield, Springfield Chamber of Commerce, Willamalane Park and Recreation District, Springfield Public Schools, and Springfield Utility Board welcomed visitors and residents alike to this world event set in the heart of our community.

Athletes competing in the Olympic Trials – Race Walk event raced the official course along 5th Street and Main Street in Downtown Springfield. Community members and visitors joined the event starting at roughly 6:30 a.m., Saturday, June 26 at the Springfield City Hall Plaza, 225 Fifth Street in Downtown Springfield, Oregon. 

A short welcoming ceremony preceded the 20km Race Walk trials, which began at 7 a.m. for athletes in the men’s race and 7:01 a.m. for athletes competing in the women’s race.

An awards ceremony was held at the Springfield City Hall Plaza immediately following the race. Then, local youth participating in the TrackGirlz program or Willamalane’s race walk clinics did a 100- or 200-meter race.

The City made a commemorative Race Walk Poster for the event. Funding from poster sales go toward future public art projects. It also provided residents and visitors with a beautiful keepsake from Springfield, Oregon! Read more about the event.
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