Race Day Details


Pre-Race Shuttles: 5:30 – 6:40 a.m.
Pre-Race shuttles are for full and half marathon participants wearing bibs only.  THIS WILL BE STRICTLY ENFORCED and random bag checks will be conducted.  Shuttles to the start run every 5 minutes, leaving from the following stops:

  1. VALLEY RIVER INN (1000 Valley River Way, Eugene, OR) – Free parking available at hotel and the south east corner of the mall parking lot.
  2. HILTON EUGENE (66 E. 6th Ave, Eugene, OR) – Shuttles load on the 7th St. side of the hotel.  Free parking available downtown in city parking garages and streets on Sunday (see map below).
  3. HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS (3480 Hutton St., Springfield, OR) – Parking is not available at this shuttle stop.  Participants staying in surrounding hotels or being dropped off may access this shuttle location.
  4. AUTZEN STADIUM (2700 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Eugene, OR) – Lots of free, easy parking.  Enter through ENTRY #5 off of Leo Harris Parkway.  Park in the East gravel lot. (Autzen Parking Map – PDF)
  5. START/FINISH – Shuttle drop-off and post race pick-up is located at University & 15th; a few blocks from the start/finish lines.  Participants arriving by shuttles will walk right by the gear check and continue east toward Agate.  Take a right on Agate and enter starting corrals from the back.

Post-Race Shuttles: 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Participants and spectators may ride the post race shuttles.  Shuttles run every 15 minutes and stop at all shuttle stops above.  Departure location is at University & 15th.

Race Day Parking & Directions:
SATURDAY: 5K & Kid’s Duck Dash – There is metered street parking around Hayward Field on Saturdays. Additionally, many UO parking lots are available and free to the public on weekends. Read signs carefully. View Saturday UO Parking Map

SUNDAY: Marathon & Half Marathon – Parking around Hayward Field on Sunday will be limited and parking violators will be towed immediately.  We encourage participants to park downtown and take shuttles from the Hilton Eugene.  City parking garages near the Hilton and street parking are FREE on Sundays. View Sunday Downtown Eugene Parking Map

HAYWARD FIELD:  Click here for directions to Hayward Field

EPARK APP: Download the new ePark app from the City of Eugene to your iPhone or iPad to find street parking and parking garages in downtown Eugene!

BIKE VALET:  Pedal to the race for a little warm up!  Valet bicycle parking is available during Expo hours on Friday & Saturday and on Sunday, May 1st from 6:00am -2:00pm.  Ride your bike to 15th & Onyx – just steps from the Expo, Finish Festival and Starting line – and the CAT volunteers will store your bike until you are ready to leave! $3 donation is suggested.


(Gear Check is only available on Sunday for the Marathon & Half Marathon)

Clear bags with warm-up clothing may be checked near the start line. Please use the clear gear check bag given to you at packet pick-up. Tie the handles together and zip tie the tear tag from the bottom of your bib number around the handles (zip ties provided at Packet Pick-up).  There is also a white box on the bag where you can write your bib number.  Random bag checks will be conducted at gear check.

Do not put anything of value in your bag; the Eugene Marathon is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Discarded items and bags not picked up will be donated to a local charity.

  • Gear Drop Off – 15th St. between University and Agate – outside the soccer field entrance
  • Gear Pick Up – 15th St. between University and Agate – inside the soccer field entrance


Participants will once again receive the popular Eugene Marathon reusable goodie bag pre-packed with refueling food and water after they cross the finish line.  Use the clear bag passed out at the Health & Fitness Expo for race day gear check purposes (and to collect your free Expo goodies and purchases).


Flat, fast and scenic!  Just in case you’ve missed it in other areas of the website – check out our course map.


We use “B-tag” timing chips which are disposable and embedded in your bib.  They do not need to be returned after the race. B-tags do not need to be separated from your bib for any reason. Your timing chip is activated once you cross the starting line. To receive accurate times be sure the bib is clearly visible from the front; unaltered (do not fold or wrinkle); pinned on all corners; not covered.


The CLIF BAR Pace Team is returning after a three year hiatus as this year’s “official” Eugene Marathon Pace Team.  They are looking forward to helping runners of all abilities achieve their Marathon goals!  Pace Team Leaders will be available at the CLIF BAR booth throughout Expo hours.  You can also find more information about the pace team online.   Pace groups will be available for the following marathon finish times: 3:25, 3:35,  3:45, 4:00, 4:15, 4:30, 4:45, 5:00 and 5:30.


To ensure a smooth and safe start for all participants, the full and half marathon are separated into corrals. Corral assignments are printed on bibs and assigned by the estimated finish time that was entered during registration.  All pace time changes must be made before 4/5/2017.  Any changes made through Active.com after 4/5/2017 will not be reflected on bibs, corrals or results.  If changes are still required after 4/5/2017, go to the “Registration Troubleshoot” desk at the Health & Fitness Expo.

We ask for participants cooperation! Lining up with the fastest in the front and progressively slower runners/walkers behind will minimize the amount of unnecessary passing during the first few miles and make for a safer and more enjoyable event for everyone.


The marathon course has 18 water stations, staggered approximately every 2 miles. Water and Gatorade (Lemon/Lime) is served at every water station. Clif Shot Energy Gel is available for participants at mile 9 and 19.5 (Flavors: Vanilla, Mocha, Raspberry, Citrus).  Bananas are available at miles 7.5, 13 and 23. Portable restrooms are located at the start, finish and every few miles along the course.  Aid stations and American Red Cross FAST teams are located approximately every 3 miles.


Once again participants will be seeing gorillas on the course! Thanks to our local sponsor Gorilla Capital, each mile is clearly marked with “Feather Flags” along the course.


Check out the beloved Eugene Marathon “Finish Festival” map to help plan before and after the race.  You’ll find locations for gear bag drop and pick up, family reunion area (pick a color and meet by the balloons – red, yellow, green, purple), Hop Valley Brewing Co. Beer Garden, Allann Bros. coffee, free massage and stretch tents and more!  Don’t miss a thing!



Eugene Marathon Home Page:
At any point in the race, your fans can enter your name or bib number on the homepage and get split information and results (only available on race day {Sunday})

Live Video: Watch live video of the finish from the homepage.  Tell friends and family your estimated finish time and they can watch you finish at Hayward Field.  Live video begins on our homepage approximately 45 minutes after the race begins.

Facebook / Twitter / Text:
Get real-time race updates posted to your Facebook, Twitter or text accounts. Sign up using this link (posted 1 week before race day) or at the “Race Troubleshoot” desk at the Health & Fitness Expo.


Participants can easily look up their live results from any smart phone/internet on race day from our home page.  Additionally, participants can view results from kiosks located in the Results tent inside the Finish Festival.   Updated race results will continually be posted throughout the day at the results tent.


hopvalleyWe love a nice cold beer after a great run!  The 2016 Eugene Marathon Hop Valley Brewing Co. beer garden will be open Sunday for fans and participants. Don’t forget some cash and your ID to enjoy a cold one with friends and family in celebration of a great race!


FREE 15 minute massage is offered for marathon and half marathon participants.  The Massage Zone is located inside the Finish Festival.  Grab your yummy Krusteaz pancakes and recovery food and head toward one of the big tents!

Many LMT’s and Lane Community College Massage students are volunteering their time!  Any donation at the Massage Zone goes to help support the LCC Massage School. Also thank you to Urban Therapeutic Equipment & Accessories, LLC for donating massage supplies!

Rather stretch on your own?  We’ve got you covered.  Work out the kinks on yoga mats with the assistance of stretch bands & foam rollers, lead by instructors from Eugene’s favorite studio: Hard Core Yoga.


Bring your energy and get ready to cheer for thousands of runners and walkers, from all across the country, as they speed their way along the 26.2 and 13.1 mile courses. Starting outside the University of Oregon’s famous Hayward field (15th & Agate), the courses run through 9 miles of Eugene’s streets and 5 miles of Springfield’s streets. The marathon course winds the rest of the way along the Willamette River bike path ending on the track at Hayward Field.

Some specific spectator locations include: Alton Baker, Amazon, Maury Jacobs, Skinner Butte and Willamalane Parks. Or dine along the river/course at Valley River Inn’s Sweet Waters and McMenamins North Bank restaurants. Check the course map for other spectator locations marked by a gold start.  Also check our spectator page for more great tips and contests just for you!

Come out and show these runners & walkers why Eugene/Springfield is Track Town, U.S.A.


Every full marathon and half marathon finisher receives a unique “finisher” medal.  Additional awards will be given to overall winners, overall master winners and the top three men and women of each age group in the Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K. Age groups are as follows: 19 and under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85 and over.  **There is a 14 and under award for the 5K race.  All awards are decided based on participant’s chip time.  All awards will be mailed to winners after the race.  Please allow 3-4 weeks to receive your award.   See past years results


Make sure you smile big!  MarathonFoto will be out on the course to capture your day!  Smile for the camera and don’t forget to check out your personal photo gallery.

Race Day Details