World Athletic Championships just a few weeks away

At the Siuslaw School Board’s monthly meeting on June 8, it was announced that the Italian National Track and Field team would use Siuslaw High’s facilities to train before Oregon22. The Italians will practice and prepare on Hans Petersen Memorial Field. Look for more details in the Siuslaw News. (Photo courtesy www.coni.it/)

Lane County to host world’s most prestigious track and field event

June 10, 2022 — Oregon is gearing up to host the world’s largest and most prestigious track and field event next month, which will bring thousands of visitors from over 200 nations to the state. The World Athletics Championships — also known as Oregon22 — will be held at the newly reimagined Hayward Field at the University of Oregon, marking the first time ever that the event will take place in the United States.

“In just a few weeks, Oregon will welcome Team USA and hundreds of world-renowned athletes and coaches for the World Athletics Championships Oregon22,” said Oregon Gov. Kate Brown. “This is an incredible, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Oregon. We can’t wait to welcome the world and showcase what makes Oregon so special and our treasured history with this sport.”

To celebrate the World Athletics Championships Oregon22, a public awareness campaign is launching across the state to mark this momentous occasion. Oregonians are invited to join the campaign — “Hello, World. Meet Oregon.” — by sharing content on their social media channels. Cities, counties and businesses across the state will also soon be decorated with materials in honor of the championships.

Tickets are still available for Oregonians to join in the excitement and witness some of the sport’s top athletes realize their lifelong dreams as they compete for a chance to call themselves the best in the world. The state is ready to welcome all spectators, and Oregonians are asked to plan in advance and allow some extra travel time.

To help those who plan on attending, Oregon22 is launching a “Know Before You Go” campaign with information on what spectators need to know about the event, including getting to the venue, venue policies, spectator services, venue maps, and more. Information on the campaign can be found here worldathletics.org/competitions/world-athletics-championships/oregon22/event-info/know-before-you-go.

The 18th edition of the World Athletics Championships will be held at Hayward Field at the University of Oregon, and will be delivered in partnership with Oregon22 LLC and USA Track & Field. It is the first time the competition will take place in the United States, with 2,000 world-renowned athletes from over 200 nations expected to compete July 15 to 24. Thousands of people are expected to visit Oregon for this prestigious event, and an estimated 1 billion people from around the globe are expected to tune in

Additional information is available at worldathletics.org.

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