Preview: A Very Poplar Run, October 25th, 2014, Boardman, OR

For as long as I can remember, whenever I’ve driven east on I-84 toward Boardman, Pendleton, and beyond I’ve always been fascinated by the Boardman Tree Farm, the vast 25,000 acre plantation of poplars south of the freeway. The trees, of various ages, are planted in evenly spaced rows and columns, and they seem to go on for miles.

Besides the overwhelming size of the plantation, I’ve also been interested by the precise geometry. If you look down the rows straight on or at a 45 degree angle the trees line up exactly, and they reach the horizon in every direction. And every time I’ve passed those trees, I’ve thought that would be a very interesting place for a race!

Well, clearly I wasn’t the only one who had that idea, because for the past few years the plantation has been the site of A Very Poplar Run, offering 15k, 10k, and 5k races, and a 1-mile kids run. This year’s event falls on Saturday, October 25th. The courses run between the tree rows on packed soil and some dirt roads, and in its short history, this event has indeed become very poplar… er, popular.

So if you arbor… er, harbor a grudge against the friend who beat you in your last race and want to run “rings” around him, or you’ve taken some time off from running and just want to get back in the grove… er, groove, this could be the race for you! Seriously, “wooden” you like to run this? Throw some running shoes in your “trunk” and head out to eastern Oregon on October 25th.

I’ll go out on a limb and predict this will be a treemendous event!

What: A Very Poplar Run, 15k, 10k, 5k, and 1 mile kids run

When: Saturday, October 25th

Where: The races begin at the Upper Columbia Mill at the Boardman Tree Farm, 77200 Poleline Rd., Boardman OR, 97818

Start times:

1 mile kids run – 9:45a
15k – 10:30a
10k – 10:45a
5k – 11:00a

Registration: $20 preregistered ONLINE or BY MAIL by 8:00p on October 23rd. Day of race registration will be available from 7:00a – 9:45a for $30. T-shirts are an additional $10, and must be ordered by October 19th.

Proceeds benefit the Hermiston Agape House, providing basic services to those in need in the greater Hermiston area.

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