Whether you’re participating as a runner or a walker (yes, they offer a walking half marathon!), everyone will meet in the city of Molalla, where a lovely bus will give you a lift to the start line. If you’re a walker, make sure to arrive in time to catch the 7:15 am bus, as your race time will start promptly at 8 am. The staggered race start times makes it possible to enjoy your race without having the course packed and slow from the start. The last bus leaves Molalla High School at 8:15 am, so don’t be late!
There IS a course time limit of 3.5 hours for runners and 4.5 hours for walkers (not the zombie kind), so pace yourself to get to the finish early!
Now, let’s talk hills. The start elevation is at the 394 ft. mark, and at the height of the course you’ll climb up to 874 ft. To some of you newer runners, those numbers may seem very intimidating, but it’s really not that bad (that’s the personal opinion of this blogger and in no way represents the opinions of the Run Oregon community LOL!). There’s good news, however, as there’s an overall elevation loss from the start in Colton to the finish in Molalla. How often do you have the opportunity to run DOWNHILL to a finish line? This could be your Prefontaine moment!
If all of the above hasn’t convinced you to sign up for this amazing race, perhaps the fact that your race fees supports the Molalla High School Track, Field, and Cross Country teams. Help these inspiring youths continue to love running as much as you do!
Date: Saturday, April 11, 2015
Location: 357 Frances St. Molalla, Ore.
Cost: Online here; $45 w/shirt, $35 without shirt. (after 4/5/15): add $5 to registration fees
Half Walk start: 8 am
Half Run Start: 9am