EUGENE, Ore. -- Eugene was booming Sunday with thousands of runners from all over the world taking on the Eugene Marathon.
Richard Maher, the race's director said 2,200 people signed up for the marathon and about 2,800 signed up for the half marathon. That's about 4,500 people who signed up for both events.
Maher said people traveled from 18 different countries and 48 states to participate.
As historic Hayward Field undergoes construction, runners started the marathon and finished at the 50 yard line inside Autzen Stadium.
"It's been really fun," Maher said. It's been a learning experience. It's a new venue and we love Hayward. We love Autzen. This is a great, great finish."
Maher said plans for next year's marathon are still up in the air.
"Initially, I was disappointed because I wanted to run at Hayward field but coming through the tunnel and out onto the field...I was overwhelmed with emotion," said Denise Lawson from Washington D.C.
Before runners made it to the finish line, they traveled past several parks in Eugene including Alton Bake Park and Amazon Park. They also traveled near the University of Oregon, downtown and across the Willamette River.
"Now whenever I watch it on TV, I can tell everybody that I'm with that I've been on that field," said Mike Rockow, a runner from Salem.
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