Guest Blogger preview: 11th Annual Dayton Fiesta Run

This recap was submitted by Run Oregon guest blogger Chere Nicholas. Feel free to Submit a Guest Post in the “Contact Us” tab if you want to get involved. Nestled in a quiet piece of our Oregon heartland rests the picturesque town of Dayton. This historic town sits about 30 miles southwest of downtown Portland and carries with it a rich history falling all the way back to pioneers on the Oregon Trail.  Dayton is one of the first towns founded by those hopeful travelers, and as a result, was the first city in Oregon to be designated as a natural historic resource. The 11th Annual Dayton Fiesta Run, held on Sept. 6th, will give you a perfect opportunity to explore this historic town. Runners participating in either the 5k run/walk or the 10k run will get an opportunity to appreciate the beauty of many of these historic homes as the course will divert runners through much of the residential neighborhoods.

This race is advertised as family friendly, and has stated that strollers and pets are heartily welcome on the course. They even offer the option of a 1 mile kids run, which means that no one in the family will be left out of all the fun!

Our own Brian finishing the race last year!

While the appeal of this race is apparent, we know many runners are asking themselves, “What about the bling?” Don’t worry, you won’t be leaving empty-handed! Each participant and volunteer will receive a complementary custom race logo glass, as well as a free glass of wine, beer, or soda at the finish line. If one glass just isn’t quite quenching your thirst, the Seufert winery will be happy to help, as both the start and finish of the race are next door to this local hotspot. If you feel the urge to branch out from the race location, Dayton offers several other local wineries for your post-race wine-tasting needs.

If you have further questions about this race, feel free to head to their website or you may contact the race organizers, John Francis or Caye Poe at 503-864-3933. Email options to reach them are available directly through the race website. Parking for the race is also provided at several locations including the Pioneer Evangelical Church on 4th St., Christian Church on 5th St., or the Dayton Elementary School on Ferry St. All proceeds will go to the Dayton Harvest fest, Dayton Grade School Mediation Program, Dayton Natural Trail and the Willamette Valley Roadrunners Club.

When:  Sept. 6th, 2014

Location: 401 Ferry St. in downtown Dayton, beside the city park.

Distances: 1 mile kids run (starts at 8:30am), 5k walk/run, 10k run (both starting at 9am)

Cost:  Online here or mail-in; 1 mile Kids run – $5 (through 9/3/14 at midnight), 5k/10k- $25 (through 9/3/14)

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