Race Preview: 2015 Capitol Mile on New Years Day in Salem


I love New Year’s Day. In fact, it’s my favorite holiday. I love the feeling of starting things over new and trying to improve through the year. One way to start your new year off right is to test yourself at the mile on 1/1/15 and see how much you can improve throughout the year. This can be your first mile towards 100, 1000, or just towards a healthy lifestyle. Whatever your goal, running on January 1, is a great place to start.

One race to consider is the 2015 Capitol Mile, held in West Salem at the entrance to Wallace Marine Park. Runners will stick to the paved roads through the flat park. The race, a joint collaboration between the Willamette Valley Road Runners and Sprague High School, is a measly $10 (plus $2 sign-up fee) and features timing and post-race take home of a coffee mug (for the first 150 registrants) and hot chocolate.


Finishers’ mugs are a great tradition at the Capitol Mile. -Joe Dudman

There will be age group trophies and all net proceeds will go the Sprague High School Cross Country team and  the WVRR Kelsy Oldham Memorial Scholorships.

Our very own Joe Dudman has typically made this a tradition and you may have the opportunity to attempt to keep up with him! Check out his recap of the 2012 event here.

Capitol Mile (Salem)

When: 10a
Where: Wallace Marine Park
Register: Online $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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