Plenty of places to run in Eugene, Ore.

Published: Sunday, Apr. 29, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 5H
Last Modified: Sunday, Apr. 29, 2012 - 10:28 am

More than 15,000 visitors are expected to come to Eugene, Ore., for the Olympic Track and Field Trials, June 21-July 1. Tickets to the Trials are on sale now at Single-day tickets range from $37 to $67; tickets for the entire 10-day sessions range from $275 to $525. Hayward Field will add temporary bleachers as it is expanded to handle the crowds.

While in Eugene, here is a list of running and hiking trails where fans may burn off energy:

• Adidas Amazon Park: A 1-mile, lighted and wood chip-topped trail with markers every 100 meters. Trailhead at 24th and Amazon Parkway, or 29th and Amazon.

• Rexius Trail: South of Amazon Park, it's a wood-chipped, 3.5-mile elongated loop. The trailhead is at Hilyard Street and 32nd Avenue.

• Pre's Trail: A 4.8-mile, wood-chipped route at Alton Baker Park, hugging the Willamette River to the south and Autzen Stadium to the north. The trailhead is near a parking lot at Country Club Road and Martin Luther King Boulevard.

• Ridgeline Trail Loop: Seven miles, it begins at the base of Spencer Butte, goes to the Ridgeline Trail, crosses Fox Hollow Road and loops back to Spencer Butte Park. Directions: From Willamette Street south, go 5.3 miles to Spencer Butte Park, and park on the lefthand side of the road. After crossing metal posts, go on the trail to the right. At 1.9 miles, turn left onto a single-track trail. After crossing a parking lot, head right uphill, then go left at a fork. When the loop ends, retrace steps to the trailhead.

• Mount Pisgah Arboretum Loop: 4.7 miles. Directions: Take Interstate 5 to exit 189 in south Eugene. Turn right on Franklin Avenue and turn left on Seavy Loop Road. Go 2 miles, where you reach a gravel parking area. Go to a second parking area marked "Arboretum." After a crossing gate, turn left at the fork and head uphill and turn left on the signed No. 36 trail, then turn left onto No. 35 Trail. Continue straight and arrive back at the trailhead.

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