Race Preview: Highway to Well on August 23rd

This one goes out to our Eastern Oregon readers – or for those who like to run in different areas across the state. Some of my favorite memories have been putting in runs this past Spring during my work tour of Oregon. The 6th Annual Highway to Well, held on Saturday August 23 in Pendleton, features a half marathon, 10k, 5k, and 2k.

All the runs will start and end in beautiful Community Park along McKay Creek, which is a tad south of I-84 if I have my Georgraphy correct. The multiple distances cater to a wide array of runners – from the casual beginner to the competitive speedster. There were almost 100 total runners last year.

I don’t know much about the area surrounding Pendleton, but the half marathon course looks like it could be very beautiful. The 5k will be an out-and-back, as well as a small loop. The 10k will extend the out-and-back further south. From the looks of the elevation chart, a 300 foot elevation climb will be involved halfway through the 10k (and obviously the half marathon will feature this same climb and possibly extend on it…

The event is sponsored by Umatilla County Wellness Committee and is geared to getting people out there and active.Following the race, there will be a complimentary brunch for all participants.

Highway to Well 6 (Pendleton)
When: August 23rd, 2014; 7a for half; 8a for 10k and 5k; 9a for 2k
Where: Pendleton Community Park
Register: Online here or mail-in; $30 for half, $20 for 10k and 5k; Shirts are $10 and produced locally in Pendleton

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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