Race Preview: 2014 Out to the Ballgame 5k in Corvallis

Take me out to the ball game,
Take me out with the crowd;
Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack
I don’t care if I never get back.
Let me root, root, root for the home team,
If they don’t win, it’s a shame.
For it’s one, two, three strikes, you’re out,
At the old ball game. 

I love baseball. I first picked up a flimsy mitt at age 2 and never looked back. I owe my life, wife, family, and passion to the sport and it really helped shape who I am today. Ok, enough with the sappy love affair with the sport…

The Out to the Ballgame 5k, held on the evening of Wednesday, July 16, combines my new love affair with my old. The event will take place at OSU’s Goss Stadium, home to the 2 time National Champion Beavers in the spring and the Corvallis Knights in the summer months.

The race course itself will be primarily ran through much of the shade on OSU’s. At 2.9 miles, runners will enter the right field gate, follow the warning track to the left field foul pole and then make a dash towards home plate. Ballplayers will be in the midst of their warm-ups and a few hundred fans will be piling into the park to cheer runners home. The PA announcer will be announcing finishers as the “score”. Pretty awesome stuff if you ask me.

This race offers something different, something new and fun, for the seasoned runner (who most likely have not experienced a unique race like this), as well as for families and baseball fans alike. Running group Heart of the Valley runners works hand-in-hand with the Knights, a non-profit organization devoted to baseball and community relations. The profits from the race will be used for a variety of great local causes.

In addition to the race, participants will also receive free admission to the baseball game. Imagine a race, a ballgame, and some race swag for just peanuts (and Cracker Jack…)!

Out to the Ballgame 5k (Corvallis)
When: 5p for walkers; 530p for runners
Where: Goss Stadium at Oregon State University
Register: Online here; $15 or $5 for runners under 18
About Matt Rasmussen (1554 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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