Entry into the Bill Dellinger Invitation is by invitation only. Teams granted an invitation to compete will be given access to enter online at Direct Athletics (DirectAthletics.com). Entries will not be accepted by telephone, fax, or e-mail. Although there is no limit to the number of athletes that may be entered, a maximum of 12 athletes per institution are recommended to compete in each race. Requests for exemptions to this policy should be directed to Michael Reilly (email@example.com, 541-346-5914).
All entries are due online at DirectAthletics.com by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 8.
Entry Fee Structure
Fees are $125 per team, per gender (i.e. $125 for women, $125 for men). Entry fees (payable to Oregon Track and Field) will be collected at packet pick-up.
A limited number of open, club, and unattached entries will be accepted to compete in the Men's and Women's race in order to enhance the meet. Interested individuals must contact the meet director, Michael Reilly, at OregonMeets@gmail.com to request an invitation to compete. Not all requests will be granted an invitation. Entry fees are $5 per individual and will be collected at packet pick-up. Individuals will be able to pick up packets at the course on Friday from 3:00-5:00 p.m. or on Saturday.
Pre's Trail in Alton Baker Park will be the site of the Bill Dellinger Invitational. Athletes will race almost entirely on the woodchip trails constructed by the Oregon Track Club in memory of Steve Prefontaine. The course consists of two primary loops-the Green Loop and the Yellow Loop. The Green Loop is approximately 2,200 meters in length and the Yellow Loop is approximately 1,000 meters in length. From the starting line, athletes will run clockwise around the Green Loop, crossing the footbridge by Autzen Stadium and using the Green/Yellow Connector to reach the start of the Yellow Loop. After completing the Yellow Loop, athletes will cross back over the footbridge, and begin running the Green Loop in a counterclockwise direction. The women will run the Green Loop 1 ½ times and the men will run the Green Loop 2 ½ times before finishing down the start/finish straightaway.
The course will be open to participating teams on Friday from 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Team packets will be available on Friday from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at the finish line. Packets will include racing bibs, parking passes, and other general information.
The awards ceremony will take place immediately following the conclusion of the men's race. Awards will be presented to each of the top ten individual finishers and the winning teams in each race.
Athletic trainers will be present at the course on Friday from 3:00-5:00 p.m. and on Saturday beginning at 10:00 a.m. Requests for use of training modalities must be made to Elisha Cusumano, Assistant Athletic Trainer (firstname.lastname@example.org, 541-346-6504).
We anticipate another great crowd and a large group of media at this year's Dellinger Invitational. We ask all coaches and athletes to be available to speak to the media at the course jog and after the competition. Requests for media and photographer credentials should be directed to Greg Walker, Associate Director of Media Services, at email@example.com or 541-346-2252.
College Team Parking
One parking space per gender has been reserved for each college team near the starting line. Teams that will need additional spaces or are arriving by bus should contact Pat Werhane (firstname.lastname@example.org, 541-346-2260) so that suitable arrangements can be made.
College teams that will be arriving in buses are asked to contact Pat Werhane (email@example.com, 541-346-2260) so that parking arrangements can be made. Please refer to the enclosed map for directions to the bus drop-off area.
Directions to the Course
If coming from Downtown Eugene take the Ferry Street Bridge over the river, then an immediate right onto Club Rd., and then left onto Day Island Rd. Reserved parking for teams will be available on race day in the parking lot closest to the starting line. The best place for spectators to park is at Autzen Stadium. It is a short walk from Autzen to the starting line on Pre's Trail.
Spectator parking will be at Autzen Stadium.
Results will be available at the finish line and on GoDucks.com at the conclusion of the meet.
Please direct all questions to the meet director, Michael Reilly (firstname.lastname@example.org, 541-346-5914) or Pat Werhane (email@example.com, 541-346-2260), who is coordinating visiting team services.
About Bill Dellinger
This meet is named for legendary University of Oregon men's track and field coach Bill Dellinger. The Springfield, Oregon, native and two-time NCAA champion for the Ducks was a three-time Olympian, the 1964 Olympic bronze medalist at 5,000 meters, and holder of two world indoor and six American records. In cross country, he took pride in the fact that he never lost a race as a high school, college or post-collegiate athlete. As the Oregon men's cross country head coach from 1968-1998, Dellinger guided the Ducks to four NCAA team titles and 12 top-three NCAA finishes. Athletes under his mentorship received 45 cross country All-America honors. His squads also stockpiled 13 conference and four district team victories, and Duck individuals scored eight Pac-8/10 championships and six regional crowns.