The race organizers are also making a big push for catering to the runner and providing not only a fun course, but a great overall experience. Apparently, they are known for their fantastic race packets and they hint that it is always a surprise until packet pick-up. That alone has my tickled my interest. Additionally, they are providing water stations at miles 2, 4, 6, 8, and 11 and have 3 restrooms along the way for all you small-bladdered folk. I was also excited to be informed that showers will be available post-race at the YMCA for no fee. You just need to show your race bib and you are good to go. This is a very nice gesture, as if you stayed overnight and had to check-out of your hotel prior to the race, your friends and family don’t have to deal with your smell all the way home. Lucky them.
Sometimes the best runs are the ones that are completely foreign to what you are used to. You can run the Shamrock Run every year and always know what to expect. In my experience, I have found that it is often those runs in new cities and places that make for the best memories. So maybe give Grants Pass a shot. Sure, their city motto may be “It’s the Climate” now, but perhaps it will soon be, “It’s the newest running capitol of Oregon”.
Grants Pass Half Marathon / 10k / 5k / Kidz Costume Run (Grants Pass)
When: Saturday, October 25, 2014
What time: 730a for Half Marathon walkers only; 8a for Kidz costume run; 830a for Half Marathon, 10k, and 5k runners
Where: Start and Finish lines at Reinhart Volunteer Park
Register: Mail-In, Online or in-person at Competitive Athletics until 10/28 at 430p. Competitive Athletics is located at 545 B NE “E” St., Grants Pass, OR 97526.
Race packet pick-up: Friday, October 24th from 12pm-6:30pm at Competitive Athletics.
Cost: $45 for half marathon, $35 for 10k, $20 for 5k, $7 for Kidz costume run; Add $5 per entry after October 20th. Proceeds will benefit local sports programs. **No day of race entries**