Race Preview: 2015 Hangover Run 3k and Beer Mile on New Years Day in Salem

After a night of staying up late, partying, and generally being unhealthy, what better way to kick off the new year than a little run?!  The Hangover Run 3k, put on by Run Wild Adventures, is a very simple, short, and fun event (yet still timed) that will allow you to get 2015 kicked off right.

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This race takes place in a farm area just off of Sunnyview Rd east of Salem. Runners will do a quick loop around the large field, including a little jaunt through a forested area. Under this canopy of trees, runners will have the option to refuel (with adult beverages if you so desire). I’m pretty sure I went with a quick Fireball shot the last time I ran this one. The course will be a mixture of gravel, grass, and dirt, so come prepared. The course map can be seen here.

Please consider carpooling, as the parking area can get pretty tight, even with only 100 or so runners. Like with all Run Wild Adventures races, the post-race spread of Great Harvest Bread, Seven Brides Beer, and some sort of soup or stew will allow for some solid refueling.


A little portion of the XC course. This is post “aid station”, so these runners are likely feeling pretty “refreshed” right about now.

Following the 3k, brave participants will have the opportunity to try their hand at the “Beer Mile”. It’s simple enough – drink a 12 oz beer, run a 1/4 mile, drink another beer, run another 1/4 mile, and so on until a mile is reached. Participants who vomit before they finish the race will have to complete a penalty lap at the end. I’ll be honest, I almost vomited the last time I just watched the others do it.

The Hangover Run portion is limited to only 100 participants and the Beer Mile to the first $30, so made the resolution to sign up now!

Check out my recap of the 2014 event here.

Hangover Run & Beer Mile (Salem)

When: 12p

Where: 5787 Sunnyview Rd NE Salem, OR 97305

Register: Online here; $12

About Author

Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching hockey, going to as many breweries (618) and wineries (152) as he can, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.

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