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Address: Eugene, OR
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One of many running paths in Eugene, sometimes called "Tracktown...

One of many running paths in Eugene, sometimes called "Tracktown USA," this one is a 3.8-mile riverside loop in Alton Baker Park through a woodsy and scenic area.

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Favorite place to run in Eugene

If you're a runner, you've got to run Pre's trail. It's historic, beautiful, and relaxing. It's a great 4.2 mile loop that always goes by quickly. The bark surface is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Eugene, Oregon, USA
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Eugene, Oregon, USA
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18 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you're a runner, you've got to run Pre's trail. It's historic, beautiful, and relaxing. It's a great 4.2 mile loop that always goes by quickly. The bark surface is well-maintained.

1 Thank AndiM74
Williamsburg, Virginia
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242 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 180 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Ran this at first light it was a bit trick in the near dark. But felt like I was on sacred ground. Very cool. Worth the effort.

Thank oldensign
Springfield, Oregon
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53 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

This trail is beautiful during the fall. I find it easy to navigate. I think it's iconic also. Especially given it's namesake.

Thank duranfan71
Santee, CA
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24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

It was a block behind our Best Western hotel and was wonderful to run on the trail and substrate he preferred. The kids got a kick running where Pre had.

Thank Themama15
Philadelphia, PA
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 via mobile

So fun to trace Steve Prefontaine's footsteps in his University of Oregon days. The trail was wood chips in some places and paved in others. Beautiful scenery along the route. I kept making wrong moves to hit the inner and outer loops correctly but I did the best I could!! Crosses a river at one point. Tons to see while... More 

2 Thank Jenmike23
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Great trail that is clearly marked out and runs you through a lovely park along the river also. Got a good 6 miles in on the wood chip path that is compacted to make it easier to run on. It was a treat to run there in memory of Pre.

1 Thank James S
Ankeny, Iowa
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

We were excited to walk and run on this trail. It is scenic and the wood chips are great on your joints. Loved to be able to run/walk on this historic trail honoring Steve Prefontaine.

1 Thank Nancy R
Eugene, Oregon
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276 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

I walk this trail almost every day, it never gets old. Walking along the canal last night just at sunset we were serenaded by red wing black birds as they sang back and forth to each other. Ducks from the canal walk up into the Chevy Chase area in the spring and make nests. So much to see. Now if... More 

1 Thank Charles H
Portland, Maine
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48 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

This path is closed to bikes, it is quiet and flat. It is such a nice surface to run on...amazing. Soft on the knees, but firm enough to not be spongy.

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Eugene, Oregon
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

I've been running Pre's since 1982 and have never grown tired of all the trail options, the knee-friendly bark surface, being in the shadow of Autzen Stadium, the steam rising off the river on cold mornings, ducks and geese (and Ducks), and all the other runners out on any given day at any given time. I've passed Alberto Salazar, Mary... More 

2 Thank Oggimon

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