Race Preview: Corvallis Half Marathon

corvallis-half-marathon-logo One April race that I have always had an itch to do is the Corvallis Half Marathon. It is one of those Willamette Valley races that is close enough to not feel like I am spending my entire day away from my family, yet far enough away that it isn't a city I run often (if at all). New running experiences just make my excitement grow!

The course runs under the covered bridge between mile 3 & 4. - Photo via Corvallis Half Marathon

The course runs under the covered bridge between mile 3 & 4.
– Photo via Corvallis Half Marathon

This year’s race will be on Sunday, April 13. The event, now in its 4th year, brought in 1500 participants in 2013 to run around this campus town and experience all the city has to offer. The course will take runners over covered bridges, over to Bald Hill Park (the site of some other fun and challenging races), through the OSU campus (suck it up Duck fans), and a finish on the 50-yard line of Reser Stadium. It will feature both city and rural running on an entirely paved course (roads, bike paths, and sidewalks combined). The course is pretty darn flat too, with a couple gradual climbs and descents along the way. Regardless of its flat nature, there will be 6 water stations along the course.

Registration fees will get you a short sleeve tech shirt, race socks, medal, and post-race food and beverages (from Block 15 Brewing). There are a variety of divisions to enter, including  Clydesdale (+200 lb males) and Bonnydale (+175 lb females), and elite runners divisions.

There are some other cool things going on at the race as well. There is money to be won, as a total purse prize of $2500 is in play! The race will also feature two different shoe recycling options. Shoes in good condition will be donated to be reused for those in financial need. Your old beat up ones (come on, you know you have at least a couple of pairs), will be recycled with Nike’s shoe recycling program turning them into track surfaces.   Check out photos from past events here and Like the page on Facebook.

Corvallis Half Marathon
When: 930 am on April 13
Where: Start at Intersection of 26th & Washington, Finish at Reser Stadium
Register: Online here;

$80 through March 31st and at Pre-Race packet pickup on April 12th from 10am-2pm (no shirt); No Race Day Registration

About Matt Rasmussen (1544 Articles)
Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching the Olympics, sampling craft beers, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.
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