Hello, World. Meet Oregon.

Hayward Tower lit up in green (photo: Marin Stuart, Student Services & Enrollment Mgmt.)

Two thousand of the world’s best track-and-field athletes. More than 200 nations represented. An anticipated global television audience of one billion.

It all happens at Hayward Field at the University of Oregon July 15–24.

The eyes of the world will be on the UO when the World Athletics Championships Oregon22 are staged in the United States—and on a university campus—for the first time. In this spotlight, the university will showcase its track-and-field legacy and the relentless pursuit of discovery that makes the UO a top public research university.

Students and professors are making the most of the event, working with international colleagues to study air quality issues, for example. Students in the School of Journalism and Communication will report on the competition, while others in the Warsaw Sports Marketing Center are helping with organization. Another 200 students are acting as envoys to visiting international delegations.

Read on for various intersections between the UO and the world championships that give this international undertaking a decidedly Ducks flavor. Please also visit championships.uoregon.edu for additional stories and more information.

Aerial shot of the land lab by the Willamette River

A Lab For All the World to See 

Folks who use the paths along the Willamette River just north of the University of Oregon will notice a much more pleasant scene than in prior years as they pass through what is, in fact, a large outdoor laboratory: the Land Lab.

Person working with Hayward Field salvaged material

Historic Hayward Field Lives on Through Salvaged Materials 

Hayward Field’s original east grandstands may be gone, but like seeds scattered by the wind, it’s not hard to spot remnants of the venerable structure around the Northwest and beyond.

Aerial of Hayward Field

Tracking Air at the Track 

Outdoor air quality has been identified as a public health concern, but little is known about how poor air quality might affect public outdoor events such as sports competitions. 

Student Warsaw Sports Marketing Center interns for world championships

"The Opportunities Are Endless" 

During the World Athletics Championships Oregon22, fifteen students from the Warsaw Sports Marketing Center are getting hands-on experience planning, organizing, and marketing a major sporting event.

Flags outside of Hayward Field

Connecting Across Cultures 

The University of Oregon has assigned a student envoy to each of the 200-plus delegations visiting from around the world for the World Athletics Championships Oregon22. 

Historic photo of UO alum Steve Prefontaine

Pre Performance a Prelude to World Championships 

You don’t have to travel far in Oregon to find a monument to legendary University of Oregon distance runner Steve Prefontaine, and now he has been memoralized through music. 

SOJC students at the world championships

A Clarion Call for Communicators 

The World Athletics Championships Oregon22 are not only one of the world’s largest sporting events, they're one of the largest media events, too, and students from the School of Journalism and Communication are taking advantage of these once-in-a-lifetime sports media and communication experiences.