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.  Starting line shuttles will run every five minutes from the following locations:

  1. VALLEY RIVER INN (1000 Valley River Way, Eugene, OR) – Free parking available at the hotel and south east corner of the Valley River Center 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) – There is lots of free and easy parking surrounding Autzen Stadium.  Enter through ENTRY #5 off of Leo Harris Parkway and park in the East gravel lot. View a detailed map here: Autzen Parking Map
  5. START/FINISH – Shuttle drop-off and post race pick-up is located at University & 15th; just two blocks from the start and finish lines.  Participants arriving by shuttles will walk near the gear check and continue east toward Agate. Participants should take a right on Agate St. and enter the bib-specific starting corrals from the back. Only participants are allowed in the starting corrals. 

Post-Race Shuttles: 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Participants and spectators may ride the post-race shuttles after finishing the race. Shuttles run every 15 minutes and stop at all shuttle stops above. The departure location is located 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. Please read parking signs carefully as some streets offer limited parking. 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 hotel.  City parking garages near the Hilton and street parking are FREE on Sundays. View the Sunday Downtown Eugene Parking Map here!

HAYWARD FIELD: Click here for directions to Hayward Field from surrounding areas.

EMX & LTD:  Lane Transit District provides easy and affordable transportation around the city of Eugene.  Specifically, the EmX line (bus rapid transit) stops just blocks from Matthew Knight Arena and Hayward Field at Agate Station, which is right next to the starting line. To learn more about these schedules, visit the LTD & EmX Schedule Information here.

BIKE SHARE PeaceHealth Rides offers a healthy, convenient and fun way to explore Eugene and enhance the Eugene Marathon experience. A network of 300 bikes and over 35 stations are available for users to pick-up and drop-off available bicycles for one-way trips across the city. PeaceHealth Rides complements other transit, keeping you healthy, affordable and on the go. To start riding, download the app or visit PeaceHealthRides.com. For use through Eugene Marathon Weekend, use the code RunEugene18 to get your first hour free! If you need additional ride time, it’s only 10 cents per minute. For additional information, follow @PeaceHealthRides on social media.

Take advantage of PeaceHealth Rides to explore the Eugene Marathon course, ride to the Health and Fitness Expo, and more!

BIKE STORAGE: Pedal to the race for a little warm up!  There are ample bike racks near Hayward Field.


**NOTE: Clear bags will be available at Gear Check for those who didn’t receive one at the Expo**

Gear Check is only available on Sunday for the marathon & half marathon

Clear bags with warm-up and post-race 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 Check Location – 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 timing devices 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 and not covered.


The Run Hub Northwest pace team is looking forward to helping runners of all abilities achieve their marathon goals! Pacers are experienced runners who will help support runners with even pacing and enthusiastic encouragement.  Pace leaders will be available at the Expo near the stage on Saturday at 1:00 to connect and talk strategy!

Pacers will be provided for the following Boston Marathon Qualifying times:

3:05, 3:15, 3:25, 3:35, 3:45, 4:00, 4:25, 4:40, 4:55, 5:10


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.

We ask for participants’ cooperation when arriving to the starting corrals. Lining up with the fastest in the front and progressively slower runners/walkers behind minimizes the amount of unnecessary passing during the first few miles and makes 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. Mandarin Orange and Jet Blackberry GU Energey Gel are available for participants at mile 9 and 19.5.   Limited quantities of Espresso Love and Strawberry Banana will also be available.  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 see gorillas on the course! Thanks to our local sponsor Gorilla Capital, each mile is clearly marked with “Feather Flags” along the course.



Eugene Marathon Home Page:
At any point in the race, fans can enter the participants name or bib number on the homepage and see progress and results (only available on 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 for the 2018 race tracking updates HERE.  Additionally, participants can sign up for this service at the “Race Troubleshoot” desk at the Health & Fitness Expo. Please note: this tracking option is tied to your bib and will only record times when crossing a split-timing map on the course.

Track With the App:
Download our new and improved app! If you used our app last year, please remove it from your phone and download the “Active Experience” 2018 version from the Apple or Google app store.  For more information about our app, please visit this page for specific tracking details.

Participants can easily search for live results on race day from our home page.  Additionally, participants can view results in the results tent inside the Finish Festival. Updated race results will continually be posted throughout the day at the results tent.


FREE 15 minute massages are offered for marathon and half marathon participants on Sunday.  The Massage Zone is located inside the Finish Festival tent.  Grab your yummy Krusteaz pancakes and recovery food and head toward the big tent!

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


Can’t get a late check-out of your hotel?  Leaving directly from the finish festival?  Have no fear!  You can  freshen up before you travel home.  Participants have access to the locker rooms & showers in the UO Rec Center from 10:00am – 1:00pm.  Located directly next to the Finish Festival at 1320 E 15th Ave.  Towels are provided.  Use the main entrance to the Rec Center off of 15th and turn left once entering through the turnstiles.


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 out 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. Note: There is a 14 and under award for the 5K race.  All awards are decided based on participant’s chip time. Please be sure to race under your own bib to ensure accuracy in post-race results. Awards will be available at the awards tent throughout the week. Check out the app to learn more about award ceremony timing.   See past years results here!


New this year, we are partnering with RaceHub to bring you FREE and professional photos to commemorate your epic race.  Information on how to access your free photos coming soon.

Smile for the cameras! Participants will receive FREE professional photos documenting your epic day!

Delays and Detours

Download the Waze app today by clicking the logo!

NEW THIS YEAR! Download the “Waze” app and view live Eugene Marathon street closures. This is the official platform for marathon road closures throughout the weekend. An online version of all race weekend closures can be found here.

Impacted Areas

Streets that intersect with the course will be closed while racers are present.  Saturday races are from 8:00am- 9:30am and Sunday races are from 7:00am – 2:00pm.

Saturday around University of Oregon

1. University neighborhood including Agate to Fairmount Blvd between 15th & 19th and 18th by the athletic fields
2. Alder between 18th & 13th
3. Agate will be closed from 13th to 19th – 7:30am to 9:30am

Sunday in Eugene and Springfield

1. University area, Agate to Hilyard between 24th and Franklin – All Day
2. East & West Amazon – 7:00am to 9:00am
3. Franklin Blvd from Agate to Walnut – 6:30am to 2:00pm
4. Springfield areas: D Street, Pioneer Pkwy and 
Centennial Blvd (east-bound) – 8:00-12:00pm
5. Copping Street – 8:45am to 12:45pm

Volunteer course marshals are available at intersections in the Amazon and Springfield neighborhoods to help pedestrians and motor traffic cross the course safely when there are gaps between runners.  Please remember these are volunteers and their job is to keep all parties safe.

Race Day Details