This recap was submitted by Run Oregon reader James Bozeman!
Although the Rogue Run is only in its 4th year, it has become a must run event here in the Rogue Valley. The race began as just a half marathon, and now they have added a 10k to the event. Starting in Talent for the half, and at Hawthorne Park for the 10k, this event goes along the scenic Bear Creek Greenway. This was my second time running this event, and let me just say they have the best goodie bags ever! Of course you have your technical T, snacks, coupons, and lets not forget that the half marathoners get a very nice Kleen Kanteen with the race logo. On my way out from collecting my goodie bag I was also handed a cold PBR, and a Rogue Run Coozie! Pickup is at the Jackson County Expo, which is also where you finish the event.
On the morning of the event there is shuttle service from the Jackson County Expo to either starting line. At the starting line for the half there was music, water bottles, and plenty of porta-potties. The weather couldn’t have been better in my opinion, as at about 8am, before the race started, it was about 55 degrees with the sun shining. The course is basically flat, and there are only 2 spots where you have to cross traffic. There were plenty of aid stations and volunteers along the way with my favorite station being the table of temptation.
The table of temptation is around mile 11-12 and had wine, beer, and doughnut holes. As much as this things are enticing, I was making great time and didn’t want to stop. When I ran this event 2 years ago there was a section of the Greenway that was not connected, and you had to run along traffic by the expo to the finish, but now that section has been completed and runs right by the Lithia Amphitheater for a nice view before crossing the finish.
Once you cross the finish line you are awarded a medal, and goodies such as bagels, granola bars, and bananas from Safeway along with chocolate milk from The Human Bean. Instant (unofficial) times are available to be printed out right when you finish. The finish line is not the end of the days event though, there is the Southern Oregon Harvest Festival going on along with the BrewFest. Your race bib gets you a free draft beer, and there are tons of activities for the family to enjoy as well.
Overall this is one of my favorite events here in the Rogue Valley, and although I missed last year, I won’t miss another. This event has only gotten better in its short existence, and am excited to see it grow and draw in more runners from all around. I have also suggested to the race director to add a full marathon, since the greenway is long enough to support one. Medford doesn’t have a marathon yet, and I think this event would be perfect to add to this already awesome event. Anyone interested in running in this event should plan for it around the end of September.