Race Preview: Run for the Hills 30k/8k/2-mile in Corvallis


The  8th annual Run for the Hills races are back again on Sunday, June 1st in Corvallis near the Benton County Fairgrounds. The events consist of a 30k, 8k, and non-competitive 2-miler, as well as a kid’s race. I ran the 8k in 2012, which I found pretty darn difficult. There were some flat stretches, but definitely some pretty challenging hills as we climbed to the Bald Hill peak before returning back to the start. 

From my 2012 recap:

The first mile was a fast, flat paved trail leading to the base of Bald Hill. Even though I was well aware that I was going to be running to the peak of said hill, I still found myself speeding out faster on this stretch then I knew I should have. As paved trail gave way to dirt, and flatness to incline, I knew I had made an initial mistake. Far smarter runners passed me over the next half mile until the first decline brought me back up to speed.
A short flat stint around the northern portion of the park, and to mile 2, led to the real climb, a mile trek to the peak of Bald Hill. This portion was really a test on my legs and really had the burning (along with my lungs). When the trees parted near the peak, the clearing gave way to a magnificent view to the southwest. It was all I could do to keep chugging along, as the view begged to be taken in more then I was able. A quick re-hydration at the top led way to trails leading back down to the paved trail and to the finish.


An embarassing photo of me at the Bald Hill peak in 2012. - Photo by klxman on Flickr

An embarassing photo of me at the Bald Hill peak in 2012.
– Photo by klxman on Flickr

This year will again feature an extremely scenic 30k race. It follows the same path as the 8k before venturing further into the back country and into Fitton Green Natural Area and Mulkey Creek Trail. The spectacular views that await the brave athletic souls are sure to be second to none. This distance will have 4 aid stations for water and sports drinks. The Fitton Green aid station, which runners will pass twice, will also have race snacks available. Check out course maps here.

The race benefits the Greenbelt Land Trust Trail Fund, which helps purchase raw materials and equipment used for trail construction and maintenance. Over $26,000 has been raised in the last seven years.
Lastly, this race is very inexpensive. Save yourself even more money ($5) by registering by April 30th!
Run for the Hills (Corvallis)
When: 30k Trail Run – Start 8:15AM, 8k Trail Run – Start 10:00am, 2mi Run/Walk – Start 10:05 am, 1/4 mile Kids Run – Start approx. 11:00am
Where: Benton County Fairgrounds
Register: Online here;
30k Trail Run:               $25.00 up to 4/30.Add $5 after
8k Trail Run:                $15.00 up to 4/30; Add $5 after
2 Mile Run:                    $10.00 up to 5/31; Add $5 after
About Author

Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching hockey, going to as many breweries (618) and wineries (152) as he can, 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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