Here’s a great price on a half marathon for those of you out there who love small-town, low-price races with lots of character. The Race Through Hells Canyon includes a half marathon, a 10k and a 5k.
Hells Canyon is the deepest river gorge in North America. Yes, even deeper than the Columbia River Gorge!
Yes, Oxbow, Ore. is on the far Eastern edge of Oregon … not exactly in the backyard for many of our readers. But this looks like a really cool, really tough race that would be a great “excuse” for a camping trip to the Wallowas and to check out the Snake River of Lewis & Clark Fame.
Here are the vitals, and then read on below for more info:
Start of the race
In what sounds like an Eastern Oregon version of the Twin Tunnels race, organizer Millicent Simpson describes the race as consisting of “rolling hills, rock tunnel and a gravel road.” All of the distances (5k course, 10k course, and half course) are out-and-back and will shadow the Snake River.
There is plenty of parking near the Oxbow School House (where it starts). Participants are asked to check in at the Hells Canyon Adventure Booth. Leave dogs at home; there isn’t a kid’s race, but if your child can run 5k they are invited! There are a ton of prizes up for grab, including:
Parent with most kids racing
Participant who traveled the furthest
Best decorated hat and stroller
This race is a fundraiser for the Pine Eagle Community Preschool, located in Halfway, Oregon. Proceeds from the race will go to the programs for the kiddos at the school.
Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching hockey, going to as many breweries (618) and wineries (152) as he can, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.