| June 19–27|
| Hayward Field|
| Eugene, Oregon, United States|
The 1976 United States Olympic Trials for track and field were held at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon. These were the last such trials organized by the AAU. The Amateur Sports Act of 1978 would be passed two years later causing the formation of the new national governing body for the sport of track and field, The Athletics Congress. The 1970s was a transitional period where amateur athletes were seeking ways to be paid for their athletic efforts. Many athletes had sacrificed their eligibility to run professionally, others made the attempt and were in transition to regain their amateur status. The eight-day competition lasted from June 19 until June 27.
The trials for the men's and women's marathon were held May 22 in Eugene and the trials for the first time, the men's 50 km race walk was not part of the Olympics. The longest race for women was the 1500 meters. Eventual Olympic marathoners Joan Benoit, Julie Brown and Francie Larrieu all participated. Several high school athletes Houston McTear, Dwayne Evans, Chandra Cheeseborough, Sheila Ingram, Rhonda Brady, Paula Girven and Kathy McMillan were successful in these trials.
1976 United States Olympic Trials (track and field) Wikipedia
Key: ≠ Athlete without "A" standard, not selected.