Hayward Field, Eugene, Oregon
Track & Field Olympic Trials
June 22 - July 1, 2012
Professional athletes from all over the world dream about competing at Hayward Field. For those who have the opportunity to participate, it’s an overwhelming experience, because of its history and prestige. Hayward Field hosted the Track and Field Olympic Trials in ‘72, ‘76 and ‘80. After an extended break, the trials returned to Eugene in 2008. TrackTown12 is the largest national championship track meet in the world and will select the athletes to represent Team USA at the London Olympic Games in 2012. We’re honored to be part of the celebrations in Eugene this year.
Over the past forty years, Eugene has become a world-famous center of track and field. In 1969 the legendary Steve Prefontaine chose to run for the University of Oregon under Bill Bowerman, turning down offers from top colleges around the country. Breaking numerous middle and long-distance records, Pre energized the small town with his skill and determination. Before his tragic death in 1975, Pre set the record for the 5000 meters race, qualifying for the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. Each year the Prefontaine Classic at Hayward Field honors his legacy and features track and field athletes ranked in the Top 50 in the world.
Bill Bowerman, coach of the track and field team at University of Oregon for 24 years and co-founder of Nike, shaped the running culture of Eugene into what it is today. He gained success and respect with his philosophy that all athletes are individuals who need to be treated and trained differently. Interestingly, he was one of the first athletic coaches to experiment with film, which helped his athletes fine-tune their techniques.
The trials began yesterday at the Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon, with the Hammer Throw and then continue until July 1st in Eugene. Deschutes Brewery beers will be flowing all around Hayward Field celebrating this momentous event! Join our brewers, staff, & Woody (our traveling wooden beer barrel) for a week of fun filled events, Deschutes beer inspired food items and killer beer, of course! We’ll be pouring Black Butte Porter, Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Chainbreaker White IPA, and Twilight Summer Ale, along with four pub exclusive beers. We’re looking forward to watching Oregon Track Club Olympian Nick Symonds, who is favored to win the 800 meters. Symmonds expects competition from his teammate and fellow Olympian, Andrew Wheating. Symmonds will also be running against KD Robinson, head cross-country coach at the UNLV. We will also be watching our local Bend athletes, Max King and Ashton Eaton, compete for a spot on Team USA!
Have you attended an event at Hayward Field? What was your experience like? Who will you be following at the London Olympic Games this year?