Hold on to your organic lattes and fixie handlebars, folks, because Portland will be making a bid to host the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Track & Field Championships.
While Eugene has hosted the U.S. Olympic trials for track and field in 2008 and 2012, TrackTown USA Inc. president Vin Lananna, who used to coach the Oregon Ducks, explained why Portland would also be a good destination for track fanatics:
I think TrackTown USA is much bigger than just a geographic location. The heart and soul of the sport is located in Eugene, but we need to reach beyond that. I think the infrastructure in Portland, the hotels and airport, will make it very easy for athletes from the around the world to attend.
We have a tremendous base of athletes from the West Coast, and the state of Oregon has a fantastic fan base. I think the large number of people from Portland, Eugene and the state of Oregon who attend meets at Hayward Field will support this thing. It would be exciting to bring the world’s best athletes to Oregon, and to Portland (Oregon Live).
Portland’s official bid will be presented to the IAAF on Nov. 15. The World Indoor Track & Field Championships haven’t been hosted by a U.S. city since 1987.
[Source: Oregon Live]