2014 Jr. Championships is TrackTown's audition for 2019 Worlds
EUGENE, Ore. - The IAAF World Junior Track and Field Championships get underway Tuesday morning, marking the first time the IAAF has held an event of any kind in the United States since 1992.
This is the junior championship's first appearance on U.S. soil.
If all goes well this week with what's been nicknamed Oregon 14, local organizers with TrackTown USA hope its just the start of more to come.
More than 1,500 athletes from around the globe are here to compete. All off the major IAAF dignitaries are here in Eugene taking a close look at what TrackTown has to offer.
Eugene is one of three cities bidding to host the 2019 World Championships.
Barcelona, Spain, and Doha, Qatar, are the other cities vying to host what the IAAF calls the world's third largest sporting event.
IAAF President Lamine Diack will be paying close attention to the junior words, whichcould bolster Eugene's hopes of landing the 2019 event.
"Let us see these 6 days," Diack said, "and the 6 days will prove that you are a wonderful nation of track and field."
"President Diack once again put a little pressure on us to prove that we are TrackTown, USA," said Vin Lananna, president of the local organizing group. "So hopefully we will have a good group of people out there really supporting the athletes, and that is really what it is all about."