Race Preview: South Santiam Half Marathon


It’s September – and while that typically means race season is slowing down, for the lucky folks here in the Willamette Valley, it means it is Run Wild Adventures time!

This is a new event for Run Wild Adventures, who has built a great reputation over the years for their low-key atmosphere but challenging events, most notably the Silver Falls Half which I have done a number of times. And with the location being a little out of the Portland market I’ll get to meet some new runners also out for a good challenge.

I can appreciate a run with a good challenge. Trails, hills and challenging terrain are hallmarks that will make me say “bring it on” every time.  It was a no brainer for me when Matt asked if I wanted to run the South Santiam Half Marathon on Saturday, September 20th in Lebanon, OR.

Some may be deterred by the course description (check out the course map and elevation chart to get an idea) but it got my blood pumping. Let me hit some of the high points: creek crossings, tons of hills, lots of trails and scenery.  Oh yeah!  It certainly will not be a PR outing but it sounds like a good time to me. Some description from their website:

Creek crossings, huge fir trees, open meadow, tons of hills, trails, ponds, dirt roads all taking place on private property (Happy Valley Tree Farm). Course begins by heading out scenic and flat dirt road approx 1 Mi before turning onto trails.

There will be three aid stations on site, but you may want to consider brin

Online registration is $30 and day of event is $40, both very nicely priced.  You can also camp at the starting line free of charge the night before.  There are awards (which have always been super cool) for the typical age groups and I’m sure there will be plenty of other great stuff.  I’m looking forward to seeing some of you out there.


When: Saturday September 20, 2014

Where: Happy Valley Tree Farm, 32511 Belling Scale Rd, Lebanon, OR 97355

Start Time: 9:00 am

Registration: Register here

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