Much of the Oregon coast is a beautiful, natural area. Rolling hills, lots of trees and fresh air make it a great place to run. I have spent several weekend vacations on the coast, and made it a point to run every time. You can’t beat the fresh air and seclusion of the area.Up until this year, I have not had the chance to race out there. A half marathon that advertises rolling hills and scenic views is quite the enticement. So on March 1st I will be making the drive to the Lincoln City for their half marathon timed by Eclectic Edge Racing.
Both courses are out and backs, which are fun because it is possible to see everyone on the course. Held on rural roads it promises creek views and the rolling hills mentioned above. Starting and ending at Wapiti park, just southwest of Lincoln City proper, the 7th edition of this event should be exciting. Race time is 9 a.m., but there is a 30 minute early start option for walkers. Finishers medals will be presented, as well as overall and age group awards, for both races. Registration also includes a long sleeve tech shirt, and can be done online here. Until the 31st of January, the half is $50 and the 10K, $40. Fees go up by an additional $5 after that date.
Packet pickup is on race day after 7 am, or they day before from noon to three at the Lincoln City Community Center ( 2150 NE Oar Place). As a rare perk, there is also free hot showers at the Community Center after the event. Race support is provided by the local high school and non-profit groups, and they will get a portion of the proceeds in exchange.
Matt ran this race in 2014 and he said it was a challenging course. Here are a few snippets from his 2014 recap:
When I think of Lincoln City, I picture glass blowing, cold sandy beaches, and kite flying. I don’t necessarily picture rolling hills through luscious green forested areas and alongside flowing creeks. It was truly picturesque, though it didn’t necessarily fit my mind’s idea of Lincoln City. I am glad I got to experience this “lesser known” beauty of the Oregon Coast.
Overall, this race had just about everything – a beautiful location, challenging and rewarding course, weather battles, a great post-race spread (Mo’s Chowder!) and a cool medal and shirt to boot. I highly recommend this race for those who need an excuse to go to the coast and/or for those who want a little bit of a challenge mixed into their road races every once in a while.
In summary we have two great rural race options, in a natural area. It’s always a plus knowing the registration fees will go to a great cause as well. Seeing as the coast area can be a bit of a drive, it is a great reason to make a day of it and explore Lincoln City after. So mark your calendar for March 1st and get ready to get out there and have fun somewhere new.