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World Indoors Delivers Great Show,
Outstanding Performances

March 23rd, 2016

FINAL RESULTS EUGENE, Ore. – Within the first few bars of “O Canada,” the national anthem of our neighbors to the north, Brianne Theisen-Eaton could no longer contain her emotions, and tears of joy came flowing down her cheeks. It was her golden moment. Brianne Theisen-Eaton hugging her husband, Ashton Eaton after winning her first global title. Just two hours earlier, Theisen-Eaton had won her first gold medal on a global stage, setting a national record and world-leading mark of 4,881 points in winning the pentathlon at the IAAF World Indoor Championships at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. The first one to greet her with a congratulatory hug was her husband, ...Continue reading

Sweden’s Kajsa Bergqvist Speaks to Today’s Women’s High Jump

March 20th, 2016

If you remember last indoor season, female high jumpers weren’t able to overcome the two-meter mark before a major. The same happened in the year of 2001. That winter, Sydney Olympic Games bronze medallist and European Indoor Champion Kajsa Bergqvist of Sweden came to WIC in Lisbon cleared 1.99m for the  World Lead in Stockholm on February 15. Then, to March 9, she competed in Lisbon Atlantic Pavillion, and went over two meters for her first global title in athletics. Things shouldn’t be repeated surely but sometimes coincidences are too obtrusive. Incredible talented young US jumper Vashti Cunningham received last IAAF permission to perform in Portland after her unexpected ...Continue reading

Five Subplots to Watch: Day Four

March 20th, 2016

1. Will the hometown crowd help Matthew Centrowitz win his first gold medal? Centro won bronze and silver in the 2011 and 2013 World Outdoor Championships, and there could be no better setting to win his first world gold than Portland, where he has lived and trained for the past four years. A capacity crowd will be urging him on, but he faces a stiff challenge in this high-quality field. Defending champion Ayanleh Souleiman of Djibouti is in top form, having set a new world indoor record in the 1000 meters (2:14.20) last month in Stockholm. Savvy Kiwi vet Nick Willis would no doubt love to erase the memory of his disqualification in the last world indoors, as well as his close losses to ...Continue reading

Legendary U.S. Coach Talks About Training Chinese Horizontal Jumpers

March 20th, 2016

Coach Randy Huntington is perhaps best known as the coach of Mike Powell, Willie Banks, Sheila Hudson, and other elite horizontal jumpers. For the past two years, Huntington has coached top Chinese jumpers and sprinters at a training center in Beijing. His athletes include Bin Dong, who has the world-leading mark of 17.41m (57-1½) and will be one of the favorites in Saturday night’s men’s triple jump final at the IAAF World Indoor Championships Portland 2016. His answers below are excerpted from an interview on Saturday afternoon. Q: What are the key differences between working with Chinese athletes and American athletes? A: Well, language obviously. I don’t speak Mandarin. ...Continue reading

Masters Races Offer Stirring Competition at World Indoor Championships

March 19th, 2016

Organizers of the IAAF World Indoor Championships Portland 2016 gave masters runners a chance to shine on the big stage during the Saturday morning session. They took full advantage of the opportunity, bringing the large crowd to its collective feet with two outstanding 800 meter races. The women aged 55-and-up were up first and current French record holder Helene Douay took the pace out hard from the start. Lesley Chaplin of the U.S. gave chase with Julie Hayden of the U.S. and Karen Brooks of Great Britain. Douay was able to hold off Chaplin in the end, winning by .27 seconds in 2:37.30, with Brooks edging out Hayden for the bronze medal. “I couldn’t stay with her,” ...Continue reading

Five Subplots to Watch: Day Three

March 19th, 2016

1.  Can anyone challenge Dafne Schippers in the 60 meters? Since shifting her focus from the heptathlon to the sprints, Dafne Schippers has established herself as a force to be reckoned with. The 23-year-old Dutch sensation was second in the 100 meters and won the 200 meters in last summer’s World Outdoor Championship in Beijing. Her 1.78m (5’10”) stature would seem to be a slight disadvantage in the 60 meters, but Schippers has been on a roll so far in 2016, and is undefeated in eight races (including preliminaries). If she gets a challenge today, it could come from American Barbara Pierre, whose 7.00 time from the U.S. Indoor Championships last weekend matches ...Continue reading

Experience and Youth: Kim Collins and Shinebayar Damdinchimeg

March 19th, 2016

Through Twitter, 100-meter world champion Kim Collins (@kimcollins100m) introduces himself this way, “11-time world championship entrant indoor and outdoor with 7 medals. 5 Olympic games and I.A.A.F level 2 Coach.”Official statistics is just bare language of facts but sometimes it could be merciless. In case of Kim Collins, it says that experienced sprinter from Saint Kitts and Nevis is not only the oldest male participant at the IAAF World Indoor Championships Portland 2016, but also the oldest men competitor ever at the WICs.On Friday, March 19, 2016 (the day of all three races in the Oregon Convention Center) Collins was aged 39 years 348 days. He clearly beat previous track ...Continue reading

A Magical Experience for Local Youth Athletes

March 19th, 2016

An invitation to compete at a world championship meet is a special thing, even for the top athletes in the world. Imagine then how a high school 4 x 400 relay team feels after receiving such an invite for the IAAF World Indoor Championships Portland 2016. Thirty-six prep relay teams from Oregon, Washington and Idaho are getting the opportunity to compete on the same track, in the same venue, and before the same crowds as the world’s top track and field athletes. TrackTown President Vin Lananna says this and other youth initiatives are essential to the entire World Championships effort. “One of the founding pillars of our organization is to inspire the next generation of ...Continue reading

Five Subplots to Watch: Friday Evening Session

March 18th, 2016

Tonight is the first full evening session of the 16th IAAF World Championships in Portland, Oregon. Here are storylines to keep an eye on from each of the five finals on the timetable for the evening. The full evening session schedule can be found here. 1. Will this be the championship meet in which Brianne Theisen-Eaton breaks through to earn her first world gold? In what is for all intents and purposes a home meet for her, Theisen-Eaton will be seeking to overcome the sting of three straight silvers at world meets since the London Olympics in 2012. Her personal best of 4,768 in the pentathlon from 2014 leads the field, but this won’t be a cakewalk for Theisen-Eaton. The two ...Continue reading

Spirit of Innovation Evident at World Indoor Championships Press Conference

March 18th, 2016

The spirit of innovation that has been at the core of the planning for the IAAF World Indoor Championships Portland 2016 was evident again at the Opening Press Conference on Thursday afternoon The pre-event press conference is often a stiff, formal affair, held in a hotel lobby or in the bowels of an arena or stadium. The World Indoor press conference, however, was anything but stiff and formal. It had entertaining stories, interesting and honest responses from organizers and athletes, and much joking and laughter. Staged outdoors in Pioneer Courthouse Square, otherwise known as “Portland’s Living Room,” where the medal ceremonies will also take place, it felt a ...Continue reading

Teenage Polish Shot Putter Bukowiecki: I’m in Love With The USA

March 18th, 2016

Shot Put World U20 indoor record-holder Konrad Bukowiecki celebrates his 19th birthday on the opening day of the World Indoor Championships. In spite of fact that unbelievable talented Pole is the youngest competitor ever in this event, he’s aiming not only to be a serious rival for his more experienced rivals but also to improve his own continental best with the senior implement of 20.61m (67-7½). Portland 2016 would be third major competitions for Bukowiecki as a member of senior national team.  Last year he started with sixth place at the European Indoor Championships, but ten had had three unsuccessful attempts in qualification at Beijing Worlds. Here in Portland he ...Continue reading

A Homecoming for The World’s Greatest Athlete

March 17th, 2016

In 2006 as a senior at Mountain View High School in Bend, Oregon, Ashton Eaton had never competed in the decathlon or heptathlon. Now in 2016, on the eve of the two-day heptathlon competition at the 16th IAAF World Indoor Championships in his home state, he is in many ways the quintessential combined-events athlete. The intervening decade has seen Eaton’s meteoric rise take him to heights never before achieved in the history of the world. Within four years of picking up the combined events as a first-year student at the University of Oregon, he scored 6499 points at the 2010 NCAA Indoor Championships to topple the nearly two-decades-old heptathlon world record held by ...Continue reading

Women’s High Jump: Vashti Cunningham – A Star in the Making

March 17th, 2016

Women’s high jump prodigy Vashti Cunningham admits she doesn't really like to be the center of attention. But, like it or not, this 18-year-old high school student from Las Vegas, is bound to get a lot of attention this week at the IAAF World Indoor Championships Portland 2016. That's what happens when you establish new high school, U.S. and world junior records by leaping over a bar 6 feet, 6 ¼ inches off the ground in front of an enthusiastic, packed house at the Oregon Convention Center during the USATF Indoor Championships. Not to mention setting the world-leading mark in the high jump for 2016, or becoming number four on the all-time U.S. list. Cunningham attends ...Continue reading

Pentathlon Medal Contenders Have Dreams of First Gold … and Ukrainian Bonds

March 17th, 2016

Three silver medals from three IAAF championships should make her too “hungry”.  For Canadian combined eventer Brianne Theisen-Eaton, who is living in Oregon for nine years now, Portland is, maybe, the one of the best places to get to the highest stage of the global medal podium. “It's amazing to be able to just drive up the road to take part in the World Championships. It's surreal to have such a big event in our backyard, because we normally don't get that, we have to travel to Europe or elsewhere for our main competitions. I'm from Canada, so I have a lot of friends and family coming to watch us. We are looking forward to showing to our friends and ...Continue reading

Pentathlon Contender Kendell Williams Headlines Competitors from U.S. Universities

March 17th, 2016

Again and again and again, American Kendell Williams has proven herself the class of the pentathlon among collegians in the United States. Williams, a junior at the University of Georgia, won her third consecutive National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) Indoor Track & Field national title in the event this past weekend in Birmingham, Alabama. Not only did she win her third title in a row, but for the third-consecutive year she established a new collegiate record en route to the title. Career-best form in the 60-meter hurdles (8.09) and shot put (13.55m) – combined with her typically strong performances in the high jump (1.86m) and long jump (6.35m) – made her ...Continue reading

Men’s High Jump: Strong Jumps & Bright Show

March 17th, 2016

The current indoor athletics season has gifted us with an amazing duel in the men’s High Jump even if these two have not competed in the same field since September 3, 2015 at Letzigrund Stadium in Zurich. Defending World Indoor champion Mutaz Essa Barshim decided to prepare for Portland directly after he missed the podium at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing. That is why nobody is surprised that the 24-year-old Qatari tops the World season list after his first competition in Malmö when he cleared 2.31m on January 31, 2016. For someone who has soared over 2.40m eight times, it was a typical start to the season. The most unexpected reply was ready almost four days later from 2011 ...Continue reading

Athlete Profile – Meseret Defar

March 16th, 2016

At the age of 32, Ethiopian distance runner Meseret Defar is already the stuff of legend in the sport of track and eld. Like all elite athletes, though, she yearns for just one more trip to the podium, and Portland just might be that place to do that. The diminutive Defar, who stands 5-foot-1 and weighs 93 pounds, is planning to compete in the 3,000 meters at the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships to be held at the Oregon Convention Center. “The indoor championships can be a very good test before the Olympics,’’ Defar said. “Also, I have always run in the World Indoor Championships before each of the Olympics.’’ And done quite well, too. Defar has run in ...Continue reading

Athlete Profile – Dafne Schippers

March 16th, 2016

Which of the following statements best describes the great Dutch athlete Dafne Schippers? For a heptathlete, she’s a superb sprinter. For a sprinter, she’s a pretty good heptathlete. Take your pick. Each statement is equally true when talking about the 23-year-old, who over the last two years made a stunning transition from multi-event athlete to star sprinter. Perhaps only her coaches saw such potential in her. In 2013, Schippers posted her best score in the heptathlon with 6,477 points in winning the bronze medal at the IAAF World Championships in Daegu. Two years later she’s suddenly the best combo sprinter in the world after taking silver at 100 meters in ...Continue reading

March 15th, 2016

Inspiring young people key to future of track and field By Steve Ritchie / TrackTown USA PORTLAND, Ore. – One of the most famous lines of all sports movies is this classic from Field of Dreams: "Build it and they will come." The reference, of course, is to creating a baseball diamond in an Iowa cornfield, which then attracted baseball legends of a bygone era. The same line could also be used to describe the striking emerald green indoor track – first constructed in a vacant Portland warehouse prior to the IAAF World Indoor Championships Portland 2016 – and its effect on track and field athletes and fans. The banked 200-meter oval track is drawing many of the greatest ...Continue reading

Athlete Profile – O’Dayne Richards

March 14th, 2016

As proof that Jamaica produces more than elite speed on the track, we present O’Dayne Richards. In contrast to the multitude of celebrated sprinters from his homeland, Richards travels a mere seven feet during his athletic competitions. That’s the diameter of the shot put circle, in which Richards rotates his short and powerful body to generate the momentum required to send his 16-pound shot out to 70 feet and beyond. “I believe I generate power by moving the shot across and out of the circle in a shorter time than most,’’ Richards said in an e-mail exchange with TrackTown USA. “Sometimes I know as soon as the ball leaves the hand that it’s a big throw and other times I ...Continue reading

Athlete Profile – Mutaz Essa Barshim

March 13th, 2016

If you take a peek at his Twitter account (@mutazbarshim), Mutaz Essa Barshim can be seen in some photos wearing a cap emblazoned with the words, “WHAT GRAVITY?’’ What gravity, indeed. The 24-year-old high jumper from Qatar is doing his best to defy the reality of what comes up, must come down for as long as he can. Thus far, he’s remained aloft long enough to sail his thin physique over a bar just a tick below 8 feet, the height of most residential living rooms. Think about that for a moment and try to envision a man soaring over your living room ceiling while you’re on the couch watching television. That’s what Barshim does better than just about ...Continue reading

Athlete Profile – Fabiana Murer

March 12th, 2016

If all goes well on the pole vault runway, Fabiana Murer of Brazil will celebrate her birthday one day late in 2016. The accomplished vaulter turns 35 on March 16, one day before the best vaulters in the world gather at the Oregon Convention Center for the IAAF World Indoor Championships Portland 2016. All of the finalists – 12 men and 12 women – will have reason to feel special, as their event is the only one scheduled for March 17, meaning fans can focus all of their attention on the pole vault. “It is a wonderful idea,’’ Murer said. “Pole vault is a beautiful event, with its movements, so I think it will bring a lot of attention. This competition format ...Continue reading

Athlete Profile – Gong Lijiao

March 11th, 2016

Since 2009, Chinese shot putter Gong Lijiao has amassed a total of five Olympic and World Championships medals. The one thing missing from her impressive collection: the color gold. Lijiao’s closest call came when she nished second last year at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing. Lijiao’s opening mark of 66 feet, 7 1⁄4 inches (20.30 meters) led through two rounds, but German Christina Schwanitz heaved the shot 66-10 (20.37m) on her third throw to deny Lijiao the gold medal by less than three inches or seven centimeters. Not surprisingly, those two – Schwanitz and Lijiao – finished 1-2 in the 2015 women’s shot put world rankings by Track & ...Continue reading

Athlete Profile – Brianne Theisen-Eaton

March 10th, 2016

For all that she accomplished in 2015, Oregon Track Club Elite’s Brianne Theisen-Eaton still wasn’t satisfied. The University of Oregon alum finished the year as the world leader in the heptathlon with a personal best and Canadian record of 6,808 points at the prestigious Hypo Meeting in Gotzis, Austria at the end of May. However, for the third straight year, she just missed a gold medal on the world stage, claiming silver in the heptathlon at the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing. “(Coming into the meet), I could not ignore that I was the world leader,” Theisen-Eaton said. “I was physically ready to go, but the mental part was how to handle that ...Continue reading

Athlete Profile – Nick Willis

March 9th, 2016

Nick Willis won his first international medal, a silver at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, when he was 25 years old. This week, the New Zealand harrier will look to repeat that medal feat at the age of 32. Willis arrives at the 2016 IAAF Indoor Championships in Portland as one of the favorites to contend for the men’s 1500-meter crown. Willis’s personal best of 3:29.66, run outdoors at the Monaco Diamond League meeting last summer, is a New Zealand national record and one of the fastest PBs in the eld. And only four weeks ago, Willis ran the world’s second-fastest indoor mile time of the year — 3:51.06 — to nish a close second at the prestigious Millrose Games in ...Continue reading

Medal Ceremony Plaza

March 9th, 2016

FREE TO THE PUBLIC. Pioneer Courthouse Square is the place to be for Portland 2016. The party begins on March 17th - 6:00pm March 18th - 8:30pm March 19th - 8:30pm March 20th - 3:00pm Come for the Northwest food and beer. Stay for the free concerts.  Watch the action. Meet the athletes. Welcome the world to ...Continue reading

Athlete Profile – Matthew Centrowitz

March 9th, 2016

Matthew Centrowitz normally saves his best performances for the world’s biggest stages. The University of Oregon alum, who now competes for Portland-based Nike Oregon Project, was a medalist in the 1,500 meters at both the 2011 and 2013 IAAF World Championships, and missed a bronze medal in the 1,500 at the 2012 London Olympics by an agonizing four-hundredths of a second. That’s why his eighth-place finish in the 1,500 at the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing last summer was not the way he wanted to end an otherwise outstanding outdoor season. “The expectation coming in was de nitely to get another medal,” Centrowitz said. “But I ran the best race I ...Continue reading

Athlete Profile – Tori Bowie

March 7th, 2016

Tori Bowie was the only American in the final of the women’s 100 meters last August at the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing. However, being in the final was hardly the US champion’s goal. She had podium dreams in mind. At the end of the race, Bowie had run 10.86 seconds to finish third behind Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (10.76) and The Netherlands’ Dafne Schippers (10.81), earning her first international medal. Again, she has grander goals in mind after running faster in each successive round in Beijing. “I’m pretty impressed,’’ Bowie said of her World Championships bronze medal. “I know there’s better to come in the future. Right now ...Continue reading

High school relay teams to compete at IAAF World Indoor Championships

March 3rd, 2016

PORTLAND, Ore. – It’s not often that high school athletes get a chance to compete alongside their heroes. But that’s exactly what will happen for a total of 144 prep sprinters representing 36 teams from Oregon, Washington and Idaho at the IAAF World Indoor Championships Portland 2016. The four-day meet will be held March 17-20 at the Oregon Convention Center. This will be the first time in the 30-year history of the event that high school athletes have an opportunity to run on the same track as the world’s greatest track and field athletes. The high school sprinters will compete in a series of six 4x400-meter relay races built into the official meet schedule on the final three ...Continue reading

Portland 2016 sustainability programs
off to quick start

February 29th, 2016

PORTLAND, Ore. – After a tour of the Oregon Convention Center on Wednesday, more than 50 middle school students from the SEI Academy had a chance to race through the OCC exhibit halls three weeks before the world’s best athletes compete in the IAAF World Indoor Championships Portland 2016, March 17-20. The field trip was a new element of the school’s academic, professional and personal support program created as part of Portland 2016 activities culminating in the championships. The tour was arranged by OCC staff and TrackTown USA, the local organizing committee for the IAAF World Indoor Championships. A group of middle school students from the SEI Academy tour the Oregon ...Continue reading

Portland 2016 Pole Vault Competition

February 17th, 2016

For the first time in 30 years, and only the second time in history, the IAAF World Indoor Championships will be contested in the U.S. You can witness the opening session of this historic occasion with thousands of other fans at no additional charge! More than 600 of the world’s greatest track and field athletes, representing 154 countries from around the globe, will participate in the four-day competition, March 17-20, at the Oregon Convention Center. The meet gets off to a roaring start on Thursday, March 17 at 6 p.m. with the awe-inspiring spectacle of the Opening Ceremonies, immediately followed by the thrilling men’s and women’s pole vault competition. There is no ...Continue reading

Single-session tickets for Portland 2016
available now.

January 13th, 2016

BUY TICKETS HERE! Single-session tickets for the IAAF World Indoor Championships Portland 2016 went on sale to the public on Friday, Jan. 15 at 10 a.m. (Pacific). Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to watch the world’s greatest track and field athletes take their first global steps of the season on the Road to Rio. More than 600 athletes from as many as 200 different countries will compete for gold, silver and bronze medals in each of the 13 men’s and women’s events at the IAAF World Indoor Championships Portland 2016. The four-day meet will be held March 17-20 at the Oregon Convention Center. A complete schedule of events can be found online at ...Continue reading

Team Eaton accepts IAAF invitation to Portland 2016

January 4th, 2016

PORTLAND - To nobody’s surprise, Team Eaton has accepted official invitations from the IAAF to compete in the combined events at the IAAF World Indoor Championships Portland 2016. Ashton Eaton, the world-record holder in the indoor heptathlon with 6,645 points, will take aim at his third consecutive World Indoor championship in that event after winning gold medals in the past two meets in Istanbul (2012) and Sopot (2014). Eaton, who was born in Portland, grew up in Central Oregon, and graduated from the University of Oregon, doesn’t mince words when it comes to his goals for the four-day meet, March 17-20, at the Oregon Convention Center. “I’ll try to break the world ...Continue reading

TrackTown USA celebrates 99-day out milestone

December 10th, 2015

TrackTown USA, the local organizing committee for the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships – to be held March 17-20 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland – celebrated the 99-day out milestone for this historic event on Wednesday. TrackTown USA President Vin Lananna was joined by special guests Portland Mayor Charlie Hales and IAAF Competitions Director Paul Hardy before a gathering of local media outlets at the OCC. The 99-day out presentation shined a spotlight on the men’s and women’s pole vault-only competition which will open the four-day event on March 17 at 7:05 p.m. The world’s top 12 male and female pole vaulters will alternate jumps on two separate runways as ...Continue reading

World’s best pole vaulters headed to Portland

December 3rd, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. – The world’s best pole vaulters will perform under their own spotlight at the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland on March 17. To celebrate the 100-day out milestone of this historic event, we’ll shine our own spotlight on the pole vault at a Media Availability on Tuesday, Dec. 8 in room D-133 at the Oregon Convention Center at 3 p.m. Our special guests will be Portland Mayor Charlie Hales, TrackTown USA President Vin Lananna and a representative of the IAAF. In addition, we’ll unveil the first official images of the 200-meter banked oval track to be used at the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships, reveal ...Continue reading

Additional seats for 2016 World Indoor Track & Field Championships on sale August 10‏

August 5th, 2015

BUY TICKETS HERE! PORTLAND, Ore. -- For the first time in nearly 30 years, the world's greatest track and field athletes will compete on U.S. soil in the 16th IAAF World Indoor Championships this March. The last event of this kind, held in Sopot in 2014, ended on a high note with a new men's 4x400-meter world indoor record by Team USA (pictured above). Kyle Clemons, David Verburg, Kind Butler and Calvin Smith blew the 15-year-old record out of the water -- clocking a 3:02.13. The stadium was in high suspense as the athletes stared at the board, knowing a world indoor record was within reach. The results showed seven-tenths of a second shaved off the previous record. The ...Continue reading

Portland 2016 Countdown Clock unveiled

May 28th, 2015

Photo by Thomas Boyd / The Oregonian   By Curtis Anderson / TrackTown USA   PORTLAND, Ore. – More than 1,500 people crowded the steps of Pioneer Courthouse Square to celebrate the unveiling of the locally designed and built Portland 2016 Countdown Clock on Wednesday. Standing 19-feet tall and weighing 3,945 pounds, the clock will display a digital countdown in days, hours, minutes and seconds until the first day of competition at the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Track & Field Championships. The 16th edition of the biennial meet will be contested on U.S. soil for the first time in nearly 30 years next March. The four-day meet will be held in the Oregon Convention ...Continue reading

IAAF World Indoor Championships Portland 2016 Tickets On Sale Now!

May 28th, 2015

BUY TICKETS HERE! The 16th edition of the biennial meet – which features more than 600 athletes from as many as 214 different countries from around the world – will be held March 17-20 in Portland. The four-day meet will be held in the Oregon Convention Center, featuring a new banked 200-meter oval track and state-of-the-art 7,000-seat stadium. The event opens with the men’s and women’s pole vault on Thursday at 7:05 p.m., preceded by the opening ceremonies. BUY TICKETS HERE! Tickets may also be purchased by phone by calling 1-800-992-8499 All session packages will include tickets to six sessions: One session on Thursday Two sessions on Friday Two sessions on ...Continue reading

World-class athletes headline Portland 2016 Countdown Celebration

May 23rd, 2015

Fifteen of the world’s greatest track and field athletes will headline a star-studded lineup of Olympic gold medalists, world record-holders and World Champions at the Portland 2016 Countdown Celebration on Wednesday, May 27 from 3-7 p.m. at Pioneer Courthouse Square.   Over the course of their professional careers, this illustrious group has combined to establish seven world records and compete in 18 Olympic Games, ranging from the 2000 Summer Games in Sydney to the 2012 Olympics in London. During that span, they collected three gold medals and one silver medal.   At the IAAF World Championships, indoors and outdoors, they have earned a total of 34 medals, including ...Continue reading


May 18th, 2015

What’s 19 feet tall, weighs 3,945 pounds, keeps accurate time down to the second and will soon be unveiled at Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland as the promotional centerpiece for a world-class sporting event?   Allow us to introduce the Portland 2016 Countdown Clock.   Locally designed and built, this iconic clock features multiple digital display modes that speak to the city’s energy, innovation and technology. It will be officially unwrapped during the Portland 2016 Countdown Celebration at Pioneer Courthouse Square on Wednesday, May 27 from 3-7 p.m.   On that day, the clock will begin to count down the days, hours, minutes, and yes, even ...Continue reading

Tickets Available in Person May 27, Online May 28

May 15th, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. – All-session tickets for the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Track & Field Championships go on sale to the public on Thursday, May 28 it was announced by TrackTown USA President Vin Lananna.   The 16th edition of the biennial meet – which features more than 600 athletes from as many as 214 different countries from around the world – will be held March 17-20 in Portland. The four-day meet will be held in the Oregon Convention Center, featuring a new banked 200-meter oval track and state-of-the-art 7,000-seat stadium. The event opens with the men’s and women’s pole vault on Thursday at 7:05 p.m., preceded by the opening ceremonies. The pole vault will be ...Continue reading

‘One Year Out’ event showcases 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships

March 16th, 2015

A birds-eye view of this exciting venue shows you what the track and stadium will look like. PORTLAND, Ore. – For the first time in nearly 30 years, and only the second time in history, the IAAF World Indoor Championships are coming to the United States. The 16th edition of the biennial meet will be held at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland on March 18-20, 2016. On Monday, in celebration of the “One Year Out” milestone, Portland Mayor Charlie Hales led a distinguished panel of speakers at a special media event held in a cavernous hall at the OCC adjacent to where the new indoor track and field stadium will be built. TrackTown USA President Vin Lananna and USATF ...Continue reading

IAAF World Indoor Championships – Portland 2016

March 15th, 2015

The world’s best track and field athletes will gather at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon in March of 2016 to compete in the 16th IAAF World Indoor Championships. More than 600 athletes representing as many as 200 countries will participate in the biennial event. This will be the first time the IAAF World Indoor Championships have been contested in the United States since the inaugural competition in Indianapolis in 1987. Athletes will compete in 13 men’s and women’s events over a three-day period, March 18-20, with medals awarded to the top three finishers in each event. Team USA has been the most successful country at the IAAF World Indoor Championships with a ...Continue reading

World Indoor Championship Records

March 15th, 2015

Here is a complete list of the current World Indoor Championship records. Visit ...Continue reading

IAAF to TrackTown: ‘The promise is delivered.’

February 10th, 2015

EUGENE, Ore. - Four months ago, on a site visit to Hayward Field in preparation for the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships, IAAF General Secretary Essar Gabriel stood at the Powell Plaza entrance to the storied facility and delivered an emphatic message: "TrackTown, here we come." On Sunday, at the conclusion of the historic meet, which was held on U.S. soil for the first time, Gabriel had plenty of kind words for the citizens of TrackTown, who not only demonstrated their passion for the sport, but more important, their friendly and generous nature as they welcomed their visitors from afar with open arms. "The promise is delivered," Gabriel told Register-Guard sports columnist ...Continue reading

World Indoor Championships to Portland, Oregon in 2016

November 16th, 2013

MONTE CARLO, Monaco – Portland, Oregon, will host the 2016 World Indoor Track & Field Championships after the IAAF Council on Friday voted to bring the meet back to the U.S. for the first time since 1987. USATF President Stephanie Hightower, USATF CEO Max Siegel, and TrackTown USA President Vin Lananna presented the joint Portland bid to the IAAF Council on Friday morning in Monaco. Birmingham, England, also bid for the event. The 2016 World Indoor Championships will mark the first time a senior World Athletics Series (WAS) event has been held in the United States since the World Cross Country Championships in 1992. Eugene will host the 2014 World Junior ...Continue reading

Portland, Oregon Awarded IAAF World Indoor Championships

November 15th, 2013

Following the presentations of two excellent bids by delegations from the cities of Birmingham (GBR) and Portland, Oregon (USA), Council unanimously approved Portland as host of the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships and Birmingham as host of the 2018 edition. “Council was faced with a nice and difficult task to make a choice between two wonderful bids,” said President Lamine Diack. “We recognised that for our sport to grow in the United States it was strategically important (for these Championships) to first go to Portland in 2016 and, following the tremendous success of London 2012 and with Britain already hosting IAAF competitions in 2016 in Cardiff (World Half Marathon) ...Continue reading


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