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Race Preview: First Run on 12/31/2013 and 1/1/2013 (Eugene, Oregon)

Looking for something really, really fun to do on New Year's Eve and/or New Year's Day? I have a brilliant suggestion for you: get registered for the First Run 5k or 10k in Eugene, taking place on Tuesday, December 31 and Wednesday, January 1. You may choose to participate in one of the events, or double up and participate in both!

Sitting home at night on New Year’s Eve, watching the ball drop on television in New York City is fun. However, I always get a little jealous when I see the folks running in the New York City New Year’s Eve run after the ball drops. They always show it on network television, and I always feel like I am totally missing out. Here’s something for all of us to consider; watch the ball drop on network TV, then jump in the car and head down to participate in the First Run 5k or 10k at 11:59 p.m. on New Year’s Eve! I’m thinking this is a fabulous idea, myself.

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Here’s the schedule and how it will all play out. On Tuesday, December 31, a 5k or 10k race will take place, leaving Valley River Inn in Eugene at 11:59 p.m. Packet pick-up, and same day race registration for this event will occur between 10:30 p.m. and 11:40 p.m. at the Columbia Room, located at the Valley River Inn. The race will start at 11:59 p.m. You will be given a super-awesome glow stick to race with, not only for the coolness factor, but for the safety of participants.

The second race will occur on Wednesday, January 1, with the choice of a 5k or 10k. Packet pick-up and same day race registration will occur between 8:30 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. at the Columbia Room at Valley River Inn. Start time for the race will be10:00 a.m.

If you choose to participate in both events, the New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day races, you will be eligible for extra awards (yes!) based on the cumulative time of both of your finish times. There are multiple combinations of choices you can run your event double: Run both 5ks, run both 10ks, or run one 5k and one 10k. This event will be chip timed for accurate recording and prize distribution.

Both events will follow the bike path of Alton Baker Park, which is really enjoyable to run/walk on, and is safe from vehicular traffic. The night course will be well lit for safety – but please wear that awesome glow stick bracelet, too. The night race will start and finish at Valley River Inn, whereas the Wednesday race will start and finish at El Torito, which is very, very close to the Valley River Inn. Courses will be flat and fast, so lace up those running shoes and get ready to ring in the New Year in style and festive fun! See you at the races!

Day of Race: Tuesday, December 31, 2013 and Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Time: 11:59 p.m. start for Tuesday’s race and 10 a.m. start for Wednesday’s race.
Distance: 5k or 10k (run/walk)
Cost: $20 for one event, or $35 for both. Add $5 for race day registration. Ages 17 and under or 60 and over deduct $5. Tech shirts available for $10 as supplies last.
Register:Click here to register

About Jessica Mumme (236 Articles)
Jessica Mumme, a Portland native, currently lives in Eugene with her husband and three cats (children). Her favorite distances are the 10k and marathon, but she will run any race distances, and especially loves competing in running events. She is Half Fanatic #2635, and has completed 42 half marathons since May, 2009. Jessica tackled her first ultra marathon distance at the 2015 McKenzie River Trail 50k Ultra. See her race calendar and other fun stuff at her personal blog, runjessica.com.

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