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.