Race Preview: Run in the Country Half Marathon 7/20/2014 (Coburg, Oregon)

Jessica Mumme at the Run in the Country half marathon during the 2013 event. Photo courtesy of Bryan Mumme.

Jessica Mumme at the Run in the Country half marathon during the 2013 event. Photo courtesy of Bryan Mumme.

Run in the Country, held in Coburg, Oregon (just north of Eugene/Springfield) this year on July 20, 2014, is such a wonderful event. Do you like small races? Races that are impeccably well managed? Races that start on time (I’m the biggest stickler for this one)? Races that have plenty of aid stations along the course? Races that are held on flat terrain? Races that are easy to get parked, and it’s easy to leave when you are finished? A race that has a modest entry fee for a half marathon? A race that is brought to you by four runners who know how to put on an excellent event (see race history information – it’s impressive).

If you are answering yes to these, you must consider registering for the Run in the Country half marathon. I participated in this event last year (2013), and it was a wonderful experience. The chip-timed race is small, usually around 250 runners. It is also a walker friendly event, featuring an hour early start time for those who expect to take longer than 2 hour 50 minutes to finish. The course is well marked, too. Aid stations, occurring about every two miles, will have water, an electrolyte drink, energy gels and porta-pottie(s). Another neat feature of this race is the timing of the event; it is held in conjunction with an awesome ‘small town’ celebration called “Coburg Golden Years”. Bring the family to the race, and enjoy the celebration after you cross the finish line.

The course is super flat and fast. I can attest to the flatness of this course, they are not embellishing. You’ll start out running through the small town of Coburg, then move out along country roads. Last year, the roads were not busy at all, until you hit the final stretch of roads back to the finish line in Coburg. There was plenty of room to run on the shoulder so it wasn’t an issue, however.

Entry fees are $45 per participate, including a gender specific technical event shirt if you are registered prior to July 6. After July 6, shirts are not included in the $45 fee, but they may be purchased at packet pick-up if any are available. You can register during packet pick-up on July 19, or the day of the race (July 20) until 6:30 a.m.

The race day schedule looks like this: 5:30 a.m. packet pick-up begins and day of race registration starts at Norma Pfeiffer Park in Coburg. 6 a.m. is the early start for walkers and runners who need more time to finish – this is for folks who expect to walk or run at 13 minutes per mile pace or slower. 7 a.m. is the start time for half marathon runners who will have a finish time of 2 hours 50 minutes or less. 9:45 a.m. starts the Kids Fun Run. 9:55 a.m. is awards, and at 10 a.m. the finish line will close.

The 9:45 a.m. Kids Fun Run is a free, non-timed 400 meter loop around the park. Kids cross the half marathon finish line and receive a little something special. Registration is required, but this is a free event for the kids.

For the half marathon, awards will be presented to the top 3 overall male and female finishers, as well as age group winners for male and female in 5 year increments. No dogs, no baby strollers, no wheeled devices except racing wheelchairs allowed. Since racers are running on open roads, please consider leaving your music at home and just enjoy the country scenery around you. Definitely get registered for this awesome half marathon!

Date: Sunday, July 20, 2014
Distance: Half Marathon, 400 meter Kids Race
Start Time: 7 a.m. for Half Marathon, 6 a.m. early start for walkers, 9:45 a.m. Kids Race
Cost: $45 for Half Marathon, day of race registration available. Kids Race is free, registration required.
Register: Click here to register

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