Races with a little “Love” for your February: the Warrior Love Run 5k/10k and the SCRC Love Run

The Warrior Love Run 5k/10k benefits the S.H.E. Warriors, a run club for 4th and 5th grade girls. The back of their club shirts says it all! Photo from the 2014 S.H.E. Warrior Manzanita Beach Run/S.H.E. facebook page.

Nothing I love more than a real reason to look forward to Valentine’s Day. Let’s face it, after movies got through with creating unrealistic expectations of what the day SHOULD be like, only 1 in 14 people are happy with their partner’s efforts.* However, if you love running, why not run a race that says it right in the name – maybe with that special someone? Here are two small races on the Oregon Coast that are sure to put a smile on your face!

The first “Love” race this February is the Warrior Love Run, a 10k/5k scheduled for Saturday, February 8, 2015 in Nehalem, Ore. At only $20 for the 5k and $25k for the 10k, this race is made even sweeter because it’s a fund raiser for the S.H.E Warriors, a running club for 4th and 5th grade girls. The club promotes self-confidence and friendship through a training program for 5k and 10k goals. (S.H.E. stands for Sharing Health and Exercise.)

Where: Nehalem Bay State Park, located at 9500 Sandpiper Lane in Nehalem, Ore.

What time: 10a

Register: Online here by February 6 or Day of Race

This would also be a great race for families, because of the focus on youth running. Expect to see a lot of youngsters taking on both distances!

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The SCRC Love Run is scheduled for Valentine’s Day – Saturday, February 14, 2015. Hosted by non-profit South Coast Running Club, the Love Run is a casual affair with a Valentine’s Day theme. I would be surprised if at least one person did not show up dressed as a cold-weather cupid!

Where: Simpson Park in North Bend, Ore.

What time: 10a

The SCRC is a road and trail 5k. After the race, stick around for “Valentine’s themed gifts and prizes.” Registration info was not yet available online, but SCRC races are very low-cost and friendly events.

(The following is completely not running related, but while I’m spreading the love, I figured why not?)

And if you are looking for something to give from the heart that also benefits the local community, may I recommend the Meals-on-Wheels Valentine-a-gram? It’s not running related, but all proceeds benefit Meals-on-Wheels! If you think flowers are a waste of money and are trying to avoid the cliche heart-shaped box of chocolates at all costs, you might like this one. I’ve gotten it for my husband the past few years, so that I could confiscate the Jamba Juice and cookie coupon. Delivered on Friday, February 13, each $29.95 Valentine-a-gram includes:

  • Two heart shaped Ghirardelli fudge brownies drizzled with chocolate sauce and white chocolate shavings
  • Two strawberries dipped in dark chocolate
  • Poplandia Popcorn
  • Martinelli’s Sparkling Cider
  • Jamba Juice free 16oz smoothie coupon
  • Kobos Coffee
  • Bridge City Cafe free cookie coupon
  • Stash Tea Sampler
  • Justin’s Nut Butter
  • A special message from you!

*I made this up.

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We started the Run Oregon blog in February 2007, because felt like running in Oregon and SW Washington deserved more positive coverage. We also wanted to level the playing field so that small, non-profit races could compete with big events; and to support local race organizers.

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