Southern Oregon is a very beautiful place The Rogue Run Half Marathon and 10k, held on Sunday September 21st,celebrates and highlights that beauty. Not to mention, it’s going to have that fall feel to it. I love fall. Pumpkin candles, hot cocoa and a nice hint of coolness in the air (especially perfect when the sun is shining as well.) This is a race that I would absolutely love to do (did I mention I also love Harvest Festivals?) but I am committed for this year, next year I’m there!
As if all that doesn’t make it sound inviting enough, this event is put on by a group of volunteers and every red cent you pay to run it will go back in to their community, with a focus on youth athletics. It’s always perfect when you get to run a great race that’s also for a great cause.
The race is all on an asphalt pathway for comfort but all the way you will have wonderful views of the Rogue Valley. Because the races will be run on a paved path, there will be no having to contend with traffic stops. Per the Race Director, along the way their will be traditional support with food and drinks but be careful of the “Table of Temptation” which will have items to challenge your inner-self! Hmm, tempting items (during a race?) sounds interesting!
The start of the 10k event will be at Bear Creek Park, continuing on the Bear Creek Greenway and finishing at the Jackson County Harvest Fair and Microbrew Festival in Central Point, Oregon.
A quote from the website: “The race will afford runners and walkers the opportunity to traverse several cities in the Rogue Valley and see the beautiful sites along the Bear Creek Greenway. Multiple water, food and aid stations will be stationed throughout the course for motivation and support. There will be changing facilities at the Expo so you can enjoy the festivities comfortably.”
The finish line will feature the exciting Southern Oregon Harvest Festival and BrewFest where participants, family and friends, and especially children, can enjoy the variety of activities this festival has to offer — live music, food vendors, grape stomping, chili cook off, and a beer garden with over 70 micro beer vendors.
Your entry fee includes entrance to the event, gift bag, shirt, food and drinks before and during the event and a free beer at our beer garden at the end to celebrate!
I have to mention another super cool thing about this event. Two words: Prize Money! Wow, how often do you see that? The prizes will be awarded as follows:
Overall M/F $1000
Overall 2nd M/F $ 350
Overall 3rd M/F $150
Overall M/F $200
Overall 2nd M/F $100
Overall 3rd M/F $50
Yes, you are reading that right. Overall first place winner will receive $1,000!
This one really sounds like a great time! Please, go run it for me and report back.
Packet Pickup will be held Saturday, Sept. 20th, 3-7pm at the Jackson County Expo Padgham Pavilion (1 Peninger Road, Central Point, Oregon 97502)
They will check you in and give you a shirt, bib and goodie bag (treats included!) Make sure to bring ID to show your age since there will be alcohol around the course.
Plan to park at the Expo.There is lots of space and it is free! Buses will be leaving from the Expo to take participants to Talent and Bear Creek Park for the start of the half marathon and the 10k. There is no parking at the start for participants, although they can be dropped off.
Sunday, September 21, 2014
8:10 AM start for Runners and Walkers
(we will be starting in waves)
Half Marathon Course:
The start of the race begins at 160 N. Pacific Highway, Talent, Oregon 97540 continues on the Bear Creek Greenway, and ends at the Southern Oregon Harvest Festival and BrewFest
The start of the 10k event will be at Bear Creek Park 701 North Columbus Avenue
Medford, OR 97501continuing on the Bear Creek Greenway and
Price includes entrance to the event, gift bag, shirt, food and drinks before and during the event and a free beer at our beer garden at the end to celebrate!
Since online registration will close midnight September 1st, the Race Director would like you to please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to register after the close of registration.