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Race Preview: Willamette River Run 10k in Eugene

Often times when we think about running in the Eugene/Springfield area, our thoughts go to famed Alton Baker Park. The trails, views, and “Pre” have made this area famous. Many of the local races in the Southern Willamette Valley, big and small, run through at least part of this park. However, on the weekend of April 26th, the Willamette River Run 10k steers clear and lets runners experience a new great area.

This point-to-point course is fast and scenic along the Willamette River (think the East side of I-5). The start is at Dorris Ranch Living History Farm and will feature a small incline within the first mile before being straight the rest of the way. There are newly paved paths that border the river for runners to burn over. The final 2 miles will be on city streets heading to the finish at Willamalane Center for Sports and Recreation.

After the race, stick around for awards and potentially make a day of it. There is plenty to do in Eugene, but heading back to Dorris Ranch may be fun and relaxing after 6.21 miles. Here’s a description:

The nation’s oldest commercial filbert (hazelnut) farm in continuous operation, Dorris Ranch is also a public park with a pioneer cabin and Native American plank house. The ranch is a popular spot for special events, weddings, walks and bird-watching.

Since it is point-to-point, runners should park at the Willamalane Center (32nd & Main) and catch one of the shuttles beginning at 8:45am. Shuttles will run ever 15 minutes until 930am.

There will also be prize money involved for those fast runners.The first male to break 35 minutes and the first female to break 38 minutes will each receive $100!

Willamette River Run 10k
When:  Sunday, April 26, 2015
Start Time:  10:00am Start
Where:  Start – Dorris Ranch, Finish – Willamalane Center
Distance:  10K (6.2 miles) USATF Certified
Register: Online here; $25

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