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.

About Kelly Barten (1150 Articles)
I started the Run Oregon blog in February 2007, because I felt like running in Oregon and SW Washington deserved more positive coverage. I also wanted to level the playing field so that small, non-profit races could compete with big events; and to support LOCAL race organizers. I'm a Creighton Bluejay (undergrad) and an Oregon Duck (Sports Marketing MBA), and I live in Tigard with my husband and two kids. My "real job" is working for an incredibly awesome math textbook company doing marketing and production.
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