World Athletics Championships Oregon22

hayward field overlooking track and grand stands

Welcome to Eugene! World Athletics Championships Oregon22 (WCH Oregon22) is a once-in-a-lifetime event in Eugene, bringing together the world’s best track and field athletes in a celebration of diversity, human potential, and athletic achievement. 

The event, held July 15-24, will bring athletes and fans together from more than 200 nations to Eugene. The entire community has been hard at work getting ready to host this inspirational event. The City is hosting a FREE festival in the new Downtown Riverfront Park; community members and visitors alike are invited to the Eugene Riverfront Festival, held all 10 days of WCH Oregon22.  

We’ve included some resources on this page to help you prepare: 

Transportation to the Eugene Riverfront Festival

  1. Take the Bus

From wherever you may stay in Eugene or Springfield—and some other surrounding towns—taking the bus or the faster Emerald Express bus (often called “the EmX” by locals) is an easy and inexpensive option. Take the nearest bus or EmX to Eugene’s Downtown Station at 1080 Willamette Street. From there, it’s a quick 15-minute walk through some of Downtown’s best sites to the Festival entrance at the corner of 5th Avenue and High Street.

The cost is only $1.75 per adult trip or 85 cents per child, and free for adults 65 and older. Those who have a ticket to the World Athletics Championships can ride the EmX for free by showing their ticket. Pay before you ride on your smart phone by using the Umo app. Alternatively, bring exact change for the bus or purchase an EmX ticket at any EmX station using a ticket vending machine.

  1. Bike There
  1. Take Bike Share
  1. Walk There
  1. Park and Walk/Bike
  1. Take Rideshare or a Taxi
  1. Accessible (ADA) Car Parking + Mobility Asssitance
  1. Walk and Bike Easily From Hayward Field
  1. Event-Related Road Closures


Eugene is the Host City for the World Athletics Championships Oregon22. The 10-day event brings this world competition for track and field to Eugene and to the United States for the very first time.

Eugene has a long history of hosting world-class track and field events, and our tradition and reputation as TrackTown USA makes our community and state the perfect first place in the United States to host the World Championships.

Fast Facts

  • Competition dates: July 15-24, 2022
  • Participation: 190+ countries, 2,000 athletes
  • Media attendees: 3,000
  • Viewers: Up to 6 billion media impressions!
  • Media Permit Information