This event is limited to just 500 participants. You don’t want to miss this half marathon, because according the the race website, this riverside race is “One of the most scenic runs ever!” After visiting the website and looking at the course map, I’m tempted to try and squeeze this one into my spring race schedule.
“The course winds it’s way through the Hayden Bridge neighborhood, before heading out onto Old Mohawk Road, McKenzie View Drive, and then a glorious finish in Armitage Park.” –McKenzie River Half Marathon website
Expect the first five miles to be mostly flat, the middle six miles as gently rolling, and the final two miles completely flat. The course will be open to traffic so you may want to avoid bring strollers or animals. This point to point race requires runners to park at the finish area – Armitage Park in Eugene – and then take the shuttle to the start line at Emerald Dance Center in Springfield. Make sure to check the race website for the shuttle schedule. The course will have 6 aid stations with water, Gatorade, and ClifShots available.
Check out results from the 2012 event here.
McKenzie River Half Marathon Details
Date: March 23, 2014
Time: 9:00 AM
Start Location: Emerald Dance Center, 2050 Yolanda (Springfield)
Finish Location: Armitage Park, 90064 Coburg Road (Eugene)
Entry Fees: $50 through February 14, $60 February 15 through March 22. (Age 60 & over and 17 & under deduct $5.) Day of race registration – add $10 Long-sleeve tech shirts are available for an additional $10.
Registration: At Eugene Running Company or Online.