Race Preview: 2014 Hero Half Marathon and 8k in Sweet Home

hero-half-logoThe Hero Half Marathon in Sweet Home is back for another running on Saturday, May 24, 2014. This race was founded in honor of Cpl Keaton Coffey, a local marine killed in Afghanistan on the week of Memorial Day in 2012. Keaton was an only child and he was mere months away from returning home to marry his fiance. 2013 was the inaugural running of this race and was founded by those close to the Coffey family. The race serves as a reminder that their son and the sacrifice he made will never be forgotten.


- Photo from Hero Half Facebook page

– Photo from Hero Half Facebook page

The event will feature 3 distances: the half, an 8k, and a 1.3 mile mini-half. Expect some hills in addition to the gorgeous scenery around Sweet Home. This will not be a flat, walk-in-the-park 13.1 miles, that’s for sure. It will be a combination of (open) road running and trails along the Sweet Home Trail. A course map can be seen here and an old route on Runkeeper from 2013 appears accurate as well. On the contrary, the 8k course is flat. The major inclines appear to be between miles 2-4, as well as a steady climb between miles 7-10.

Last year, Oak Heights Elementary school children made signs for local heroes and placed them along the school fence for runners.

Following the race, stick around for the Umpqua Ice Cream Truck, get a free military buzz cut, and just enjoy the Red, White, and Blue Memorial Celebration.  If your Memorial Day plans aren’t full yet (or maybe you can add this to your day if your plans already include boating/hiking at nearby Foster Lake), get registered and head down to Sweet Home to remember all those serving our country.

Hero Half Marathon and 8k (Sweet Home)
When: 8a on Saturday, May 24
Where: Community Chapel (42250 Ames Creek)
Register: Online here; $65 for Half, $35 for 8k

About Matt Rasmussen (1587 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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