In partnership with ASICS, the local organizing committee for the World Athletics Championships Oregon22 has announced the addition of the ASICS Uplift Oregon 5K, a mass participation race that will be staged during the championships in Eugene, Oregon.
The race will be held July 17 during the men’s marathon competition. An anticipated 2,000 runners will have the chance to race on the same course as WCH Oregon22 competitors, running a 5K section of the course on the same morning as the world’s best marathoners. ASICS will also host a two-day fan festival near the finish featuring prime viewing, food vendors, athlete appearances and more. The men’s and women’s marathons will start and finish outside of Autzen Stadium at the University of Oregon.
“As a proud partner of World Athletics, we are excited to host the ASICS Uplift Oregon 5K during the World Athletics Championships Oregon22,” said Richard Sullivan, president and chief executive officer of ASICS North America. “We are thrilled to offer runners this one-of-a-kind opportunity to experience the World Athletics Championships and create an environment for fans to join in the festivities with our fan festival just steps from the finish line.”
“This bespoke event is all about innovation and fan engagement, two of the main driving tenets of the World Athletics Championships Oregon22,” said James Tolputt, chief operating officer of Oregon22, LLC. “The incredible collaboration between the LOC and ASICS will enable us to bring to life a truly unique experience – one that will take place not just in the streets and parks of Eugene, but as part of the very footprint and fabric of these World Championships.”
The entry fee for the race will be $50 and each runner will receive an ASICS Uplift Oregon 5K race T-shirt and bib. Once runners complete the race, they will be ushered into the fan festival, which will feature a big-screen viewing experience, interactive recovery stations, post-race food and beverage options, social and shareable moments and much more. The festival will be open to the public during the men’s and women’s marathons.
The World Athletics Championships Oregon22 will take place July 15–24, with the majority of events held at the recently renovated Hayward Field.