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Race Preview: 2014 Hubbard Hop Festival Fun Run (10k and 5k)

I love beer. I love IPA's. Is there really another race that makes more sense for me to like than the 2014 Hubbard Hop Festival 10k & 5k, held on Saturday, July 19 in the small town just north of Woodburn.

This race has actually been around a few years and I personally participated in the 2012 event. The race starts and ends at Rivenes Park and is held in conjunction with a festival. I ran the 10k in 2012 and was pleasantly surprised by the organization and turnout in such a small city.It is essentially a large square featuring running on the shoulder of some quiet, yet open, country roads. While Boones Ferry Road can be busy (at times), the local drivers were very slow and cautious around the runners and I never felt worried or unsafe. There are a few small hills, but overall the course is very flat and features long straightaways to get in the groove and pick up momentum.

The 5k begins on the same route as the 10k, but cuts off much earlier, continues over to Boones Ferry Road, and finishes on the same route as the 10k as well. There will also be a Kid’s 1k as well (free with mail-in or $1 online).

The festival itself is in its 41st year and has a variety of kid’s activities, food, beer garden, music, and of course a parade. The park and immediate festival area are also well-shaded. Check out a schedule of events here.

Hubbard Hop Festival Fun Run 10k and 5k
When: July 19, 2014 at 8a
Where: Rivenes Park
Register: Online here;
10k and 5k: $25.00 with t-shirt
1k Kids’ Run: Free (add $10 if ordering a t-shirt)

About Matt Rasmussen (1450 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. Matt joined the Run Oregon team in October 2011, and since then he has spearheaded the blog’s efforts to cover product reviews, news about businesses related to running, and running events in the Willamette Valley.

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