Race on the Cheap: More Budget Friendly Runs

As race prices continue to climb, many runners feel they need to limit their events to save money. We’re looking for runs that don’t cost a fortune so you can participate in more, save money for a more expensive event on you wish list or just feel good for being frugal. Here are a few deals coming up and make sure to share with us any ‘finds’ you’ve discovered in your racing. 

1- Falcon 15k Relay, 15k, 10k, 5k Walk/Run

Falcon 15k Relay Supports Liberty Fit

Held on Saturday, April 18th at Liberty High School (21945 NW Wagon Way) in Hillsboro, this event is only $25 for an individual or $60 for a team of three. Just off of Highway 26 at the Cornelius Pass Exit, this run is close in and easy to find. The fun starts at 9AM and all participants will enjoy post-race goodies from Jamba Juice and Noodles & Company. All finishers will receive a medal and a technical shirt is offered for an additional $15. The course is USATF certified and will be chip timed. Proceeds from this event help support Liberty Fit, a program for students training to run a half marathon. Falcon 15k is great price and helps supports a worthwhile group, a great deal for everyone.

Mudslinger Trail Run

2- Run Wild Buck Mountain Mudslinger 6.5 Mile Trail Run

In its 6th year, the Buck Mountain Mudslinger 6.5 Mile Trail Run is held at Silver Falls State Park, Oregon’s largest state park. The course takes advantage of the Buck Mountain Loop and Smith Creek Trails at Silver Falls State Park ((20024 Silver Falls Highway in Silverton) and promises some serious elevation gains and losses. Register online for $20 or race day for $30, just keep in mind this event is limited to the first 300 registrants. Registration includes an OPRD day pass to park at the Howard Creek Camp on Saturday, February 28th, race day.  The race starts at 9AM and Cowboy/Cowgirl costumes are encouraged. Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes. There will also be race goodies, refreshments, pizza, music and awards after the run, so make sure to pack a change of clothes for this deal.

3- Queen of the High Road Half Marathon and 10k

May 16, 2015

This event is already a deal with a $45 Half Marathon, but register at the Tualatin Road Runners Store on Thursday, February 5th from 6-9 and get a discount. This event is for women only and the half marathon and 10k are the same price, so pick the bigger miles for a better deal. All participants receive a technical shirt, fuel along the course, post- race snacks and a medal. Held at Memorial Park River Shelter in Wilsonville, the run will begin at 9AM on Saturday, May 16th. The course notes it will provide a little bit of everything- hills, flats and everything in between.  Proceeds will benefit a charity to be determined, but previous years, this run has helped support YoungLife, Africa  New Life and the MS Foundation.  Another bonus with the Queen of the High Roads Half Marathon and 10k is that its organizers, the Sole Sisters, help set up training groups. You’ll get a fun run on May 16th in addition to the free group runs that are included for participants. This event is a deal on so many levels.

4-  Mud Grand Prix

This Portland tradition meets quarterly for a FREE run to celebrate the Vernal Equinox, Summer Solstice, Autumnal Equinox and Winter Solstice.  Started in 1978, this group meets at Wallace Park, near Pettygrove for a run along the Wildwood, Dogwood and Leif Erikson Trails. Everyone is invited to show up and run the 6.76 mile group run. The next Mud Grand Prix will take place on Friday, March 20th at 6:15PM to celebrate the Vernal Equinox.  Nothing fancy, just a good old- fashioned run and you can’t beat free.

5 – Zena Road Runs

This Sunday, February 1st, the Willamette Valley Road Runners will host their 47th Annual Zena Road Run.  Pre-registration is over,  but it’s still a bargain on race day for $25. Pick a 15k, a 6 Miler or a 3 Miler for only $25. Day-of registration begins at 9AM on Sunday, February 1st and the race starts at 11AM. A hilly course that promises a challenge begins at the Spring Valley Community Center (7335 Spring Valley Road) in Salem.  Enjoy some coffee, hot cocoa, Dave’s Killer Bread and other treats at the finish line. Proceeds go towards the Willamette Valley Road Runners and Kelsey Oldham Scholarship Fund.

Dirty Dozen 5k April 18th, 2015

6- Dirty Dozen 5k Adventure Challenge

Held April 18th at Albany Motorsports Park (33648 Berry Drive) in Albany, waves begin at 9AM. The Dirty Dozen 5k is 3.1 miles of fun with 12 ‘man made obstacles’ along the way, including 5 walls to climb over, tractor tires to crawl through and a mud pit with monkey bars, check out the website for a complete list.  Register online for only $35 and order a shirt for an additional $15. This event is capped at 500 participants and online registration closes at 5PM on April 17th. Day- of registration will be available for $50, still not a bad deal for an obstacle course.  Make sure to pack extra clothes for the drive home since this is on a mud filled motocross track and you will definitely get muddy with your dirty dozen.

7- Peterson Ridge Rumble

Peterson Ridge Rumble 40 Miler or 20 Miler

Held on Sunday, April 12th, this run starts and finishes at Sisters Middle School, in Sisters, Oregon. The Peterson Ridge Rumble includes a 40 mile or 20 mile trail run. Register by March 14th and the 40 mile trail run is only $55 and the 20 mile trail run is $40. Registration will not be offered after April 9th, which means race day registration is not an option.  This straightforward trail run includes the Peterson Ridge and Metolius-Windigo multiuse trails near Sisters.  Dogs are invited to run along for the 20 Mile Rumble, but will not be allowed on the 40 mile run. This event is capped at 500 runners and all participants will receive a pair of Rumble finisher’s socks.  The 40 Mile Rumble begins at 8AM (early start at 7AM) and the 20 Mile Rumble begins at 9AM (no early start).  The post race celebration will be held at Sisters Middle School (15200 McKenzie Highway in Sisters).  Longboard Louie’s will offer a burrito bar and Sisters Bakery will provide treats and other refreshments. Also a bonus, The Peterson Ridge Rumble is a fundraiser for the Sisters High School Cross Country Team, in addition to being a bargain.

Three Capes Relay 2014

8- Three Capes Relay

In its second year, the scenic course of The Three Capes Relay is worth the drive to the coast for this marathon distance relay.  Held on Saturday, February 28th runners will make their way from Cape Meares to Pacific City with 5 legs ranging from easy to extremely difficult. Run it as a marathon for only $65, which is a steal for that distance or keep it a relay and still get a deal. Two person teams are only $85 and 5 person teams are only $150. You don’t have the added expenses that overnight relays have, but can still get that relay experience.  Technical race shirts are also included with the registration price. The views are amazing along this course, making it worth the almost 2,400 feet of climb. Runners pass six State Parks, two National Wildlife Refuges, Tillamook Bay, Netarts Bay and are always hugging the beautiful Pacific Ocean along the way. Three Capes Relay benefits the Tillamook Cross Country Program and is definitely a relay to keep on your radar, not only for the deal, but the views are amazing.

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