U Of O Debuts Campus Running Tours

Sep 5, 2014

The University of Oregon premiered a new program today. It's a running tour of campus, designed to highlight the history of Track Town USA.

UO Ambassadors Ray Grant and Hayden Rahn discuss the history of Bill Bowerman and Nike at the start of the tour.
Credit Karen Richards

About 20 incoming freshmen, student ambassadors and parents participated in the debut tour. Roger Thompson is Vice President for Enrollment. He says it struck him there's only one university in the country that could pull off a campus running tour.

Thompson: "We thought it would be a really cool way for prospective students to see the university and learn more about this community. So we're really fired up. Today's the first day, and we're the first in the country that's ever done something like that. So that makes it really exciting for us."

Guided runs will take place every two weeks and are a supplement to the existing walking tour. Ray Grant is a student ambassador. He led the group:

Grant: "I am a very casual runner at best. I run a couple of times a week a couple of miles. So this was something that was kind of fun for me to do, to kind of be able to run more consistently as part of my job."

The tour begins at the Ford Alumni Center, near a Bill Bowerman exhibit. It follows the Ruth Bascom bike path to Pre's trail, and finishes with a lap around Hayward Field. Thompson says several prospective students have already signed up for the next offering, in two weeks.