Beyond the Finish Line Stories

At the City of Eugene, there has been a lot of talk about how the World Athletics Championships Oregon22 event presents our community with an incredibly unique opportunity to set ourselves apart from the rest of the world and to, in fact, Inspire The World. Knowing that, we are taking the opportunity to ask ourselves, "What does 2022 mean for you?" The answers we have received are not only inspiring, they are engaging, creative, and real. Read more about the people in our organization who are taking this idea and making a difference.

Please note: for all stories captured before the COVID-19 pandemic, you will see reference to the year 2021 and 'Oregon21' - the event name changed to Oregon22 when the event was postponed to July 2022. 

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  1. January 2020 Beyond the Finish Line Newsletter

    2021 Community Festival

    The City has been advocating to host a community festival on the newly developed Downtown Riverfront site in Eugene to celebrate this moment in our history, and we have set up a structure that will work to make this dream a reality! 

    Read more in the January 2020 newsletter

  2. Mayor Lucy Vinis gave a keynote presentation at the Choose Kindness campaign kickoff.

    Mayor Lucy Vinis: City of Kindness

    Mayor Vinis gave a keynote presentation at the Choose Kindness campaign kickoff. 

    Read more in the November 2019 newsletter

  3. Mayor Lucy Vinis and Representative Nancy Nathanson are joined by runners Donavan Brazier and Courtn

    Mayor Lucy Vinis: Kickoff Event for World Athletics Championships

    “The City of Eugene is the birthplace of modern American running. We look forward to welcoming the world to Eugene.”

    Read more in the October 2019 Newsletter

  4. Mayor Vinis and Matt Sayre, Technology Association of Oregon, take one of the first Rideshare rides.

    Lindsay Selser: One Year of Rideshare

    “We are happy to now be able to offer this service along with our other transportation services.”

    Read more in August 2019 Newsletter

  5. Young boy sprinting at a track meet

    Laurel Mathiesen: A Recreation Legacy

    “It allows us to encourage all people to draw inspiration from the athletes and live healthy, active lives.”

    Read more in May 2019 Newsletter

  1. Rendering of riverfront event plaza

    Emily Proudfoot: Riverfront Park

    “My vision has always been that the stories of this place be told through experiential art… it’s going to be a wonderful and uniquely Eugene Riverfront Park experience.”

    Read more in April 2019 Newsletter

  2. February 2019 Beyond the Finish Line article about Steam Plant Developments

    Amanda D'Souza: Steam Plant Developments 

    "The process for selecting the team was an out-of-the-box strategy that aligns with how the City is approaching preparations for 2021."  

    Read more in February 2019 Newsletter

  3. Water filling stations allow event goers to fill their own water bottles

    Ethan Nelson: Responsible Sport

    "Eugene has been leading this effort for a long time and it only made sense to share our best practices with other communities across the nation."  

    Read more in January 2019 Newsletter

  4. City Manager Jon Ruiz talks about forward thinking and 202X

    Jon Ruiz: Forward Thinking for 202X

    "We must consistently operate in the 'now' with an eye on the trends that will shape our 'later'."  

    Read more in November 2018 Newsletter

  5. One of the new murals created in Eugene as part of the 20x21 EUG Mural Project

    Isaac Marquez: 20x21 Mural Project

    "Bringing international artists here has been such a powerful mirror for our community: what gets reflected to them is how we interact with each other. This is a depiction of our true values."

    Read more in October 2018 Newsletter