EUGENE, Ore. -- Eugene Marathon organizers and runners were up early Sunday morning for the start of the marathon and half marathon.
Richard Maher, the race director, said the marathon spanned two cities and took about 1,000 volunteers.
"Just you know that we have a great city, we have a great community for running," Maher said. "Our course is fabulous and looks great. I just hope people walk away with a warm feeling about Eugene and the Eugene Marathon."
Maher said about 5,000 people registered for the marathon and half marathon, which was an increase from last year.
"Eugene is a great place to run, "Jason Stupfel, a runner, said. "It's Tracktown USA, its an absolutely amazing place. There's so much history. Just to run here is what its all about."
With the renovations to Hayward Field scheduled to start in June, some came to run on the track for the last time.
Michael Lango said he went to the University of Oregon and used to compete there in middle school and high school. He said this year, he wanted to run the half marathon with his father.
"Last time on the original track so we had to come out here and get after it," Lango said.
Another runner, Mike Fish, said he traveled from New York City to run the marathon. He said he is originally from Eugene and said there were a lot of emotions in getting to come back to run through his hometown. He described the experience as "epic, elated and awesome."