Oregon21 LLC, USA Track & Field (USATF), Travel Oregon, and the University of Oregon teamed up to host the official kickoff event for the World Athletics Championships Oregon21 on Oct. 10 at the University of Oregon campus. The event welcomed back Team USATF athletes just returning from this year’s World Championships in Doha, Qatar, which concluded on Sunday, Oct. 6, with Team USATF athletes and teams winning an astounding 14 gold medals, and 29 medals overall. The Team USATF gold medal tally matched the highest ever for an American team.
The 18th edition of the World Athletics Championships will come to the United States for the first time Aug. 6-15, 2021. It will be the largest sporting event in the world in 2021. University of Oregon’s Hayward Field will host nearly 2,000 competitors from more than 190 countries.
City of Eugene Mayor Lucy Vinis introduced Governor Kate Brown and opened with, "The city of Eugene is the birthplace of modern American running; we look forward to welcoming the world to Eugene."
"We could not be prouder to bring the World Championships to the United States for the first time ever, and it is only fitting that TrackTown USA serve as the host," said Governor Brown. "Oregon is a running mecca, and we are excited to bring the globe’s elite athletes to our beautiful state. The event speaks to the Oregonian spirit — we are strong, nimble, and quick, just like these stellar athletes with us today, and we can’t wait to cheer them on when they compete here in Oregon in 2021."
Oregon21 will be held at the new Hayward Field at the University of Oregon. The world-class venue will offer nearly 25,000 fans a theater designed specifically for track and field, unobstructed sight lines throughout and great acoustics. The first row of seats will sit on track level, mere feet from the outside lane.