The Prefontaine Classic returns to Eugene again this year. The event will kick off Friday, May 29th and continue through Saturday. Runners will compete at the University of Oregon’s Autzen Stadium, consistently ranked among the nation’s top 10 venues to watch college football. Tickets can be purchased in advance or in person at the stadium ticket window.
The Prefontaine Classic
This premier Track & Field event in Eugene, OR is recognized worldwide and is primarily sponsored by Nike. Over the course of its history, starting in 1975, four world records have been set at this event and we look forward to more.
History of the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, OR
Starting in 1973, named the Prefontaine Classic in 1975, this event brings world caliber athletes to Hayward Field at the University of Oregon year after year. The event was originally named the “Hayward Field Restoration Meet” and then became knows as the “Bowerman Classic,” in honor of Bill Bowerman, the beloved track coach at the University of Oregon. Yet, when Olympian Steve Prefontaine died unexpectedly in a car accident, the Oregon Track Club and Bill Bowerman changed the name to the current event name: The Prefontaine Classic.
Oregon’s Own Bill Dellinger
As a student-athlete under Bill Bowerman, Bill Dellinger, born in Grants Pass, OR, has become a highly recognized figure within this community and world-wide. He is a 2-time NCAA winner, a 3-time All-American, and a 3-time Pacific Coast Champion. Following college, he claimed two world indoor records, 6 American records, and competed in 3 Olympics: (1956) Melbourne, Australia Games; (1960)Rome, Italy Games; (1964) Tokyo, Japan Games– where he won a bronze metal in the 5,000 meter event. With such grand successes, Bill Dellinger became Head Coach of Track & Field at the University of Oregon and coached from 1973-1998 and was inducted into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame in 2001.
Eugene, OR: Track Town, USA
This year marks the 42 anniversary of Prefontaine’s last race for Oregon, where he had an undefeated season in 1973 and won his 3rd NCAA cross country title and with memorabilia found throughout Eugene and our love for this sport, his legacy is stronger than ever. We look forward to this years Prefontaine Classic and recognize the amazing athletes that dedicate their time and energy to become the champions and world record breakers.
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