Race Preview: 2015 Capital FC Half Marathon (10k & 5k)

The Capital FC Half Marathon is back for its second year on June 7, 2015. The 2014 event was in April, so this change, along with some others, should lead to a bigger and better event. A few Run Oregon bloggers, myself included, participated in 2014. Here are some of our impressions from the initial event:

The first 2 miles of the race (and subsequently, the last 2) were some of the most challenging terrain to run on. This is not due to elevation, but actually due to the terrain itself. The first minute or so was slogging through the grass soccer fields which was a wet quagmire afer all the rain. This was followed by a stretch of loose gravel, which made each step feel like you were sinking and taking a half-step backwards. We then curled on to a straight stretch of rocky trail. There were a few “worn” tracks, but the larger rocks, combined with puddles and a little bit of mud, made things tougher than it should have been.

The halfway point of the race brought the end of the elevation gain, but unfortunately brought back the rain. And not just a little rain. It was a whole pelting, instantaneously soaking, road-flooding downpour. We were running North on Howell Prairie Road and the rain was coming down sideways (literally) from the West. Big drops slammed into the left side of my face and soaked me to the core, even with a rain jacket on.

The new paved railroad trail!

While no race should EVER be held responsible for weather, especially in Oregon, the push back to June should prove nice. Additionally, the difficult rail line and bridge has been totally resurfaced, which should make it a smooth run from start to finish.

The half will be a loop beginning with the aforementioned railroad trail. Expect a few miles of rolling hills that pass a myriad of farms and fields on quiet country roads before returning to the finish line. There is one solid hill and a total 300 foot elevation between miles 2.5 and 6.5. We hope that there is more supervision or notification along this section, as the curves and small shoulders, combined with rain, were a little unnerving at times. Check out the half race course here, as well as the 10k and 5k, which run the same course, just (obviously) shorter.

Local brewery Salem Ale Works (SAW) will be back to support the race as well with a FREE beer.

Capital FC Half Marathon (10k & 5k) (Salem)

When: 9a on June 7, 2015

Where: Capital Fútbol Club (East of Salem)

Regsiter: Online here; $40 ($55 after 5/15); $30 for 10k and 5k

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Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching the Olympics, sampling craft beers, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.

2 Comments on Race Preview: 2015 Capital FC Half Marathon (10k & 5k)

  1. Thom Nash // June 1, 2015 at 3:25 PM //

    This course willbeimproved for this year’s event. First of all it’s 6 weeks later and the grass start and finish will much firmer. In addition the mile on the gravel road is vastly improved this year with a lot work put into making this an enjoyable surface to run on. I’ve run this stretch more than a dozen times since February and the surface is as nice as you will find on a gravel road. It should be a much improved course this year and beer, a band and sun at the end should make this a fun event#

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