Small Race Preview: 2015 ECEC Butterfly Run in Elkton

John Bradley Butterfly Run

A photo of a previous year’s Butterfly Run start. Photo from race website.

During my crazy travelling schedule this past winter, I ended up taking some backroads and ended up passing through the town of Elkton. This tiny town in west of Drain and on Highway 38 and is nestled alongside the Umpqua River. As I passed through, I remembered thinking, “How do I know this city?” The name was so familiar even though I have never been there before. It wasn’t until I passed the signs for the Butterfly Pavilion at the Elkton Community Education Center that it dawned on me – so THIS is where the annual Butterfly Run 5k is!

While previous years had a 10k in addition to the 5k, there is a new format to this event. For those so inclined, there will be color clouds (think a smaller version of those color-themed runs we are familiar with).  There will be bypass lanes at each site for runners who want to skip this however and just run the 5k. The course is described as such:

…starts at ECEC’s native plant garden, winds through Elkton on the riverwalk trail, crosses Elk Creek then returns to ECEC. Run or walk along the banks of the Umpqua River…

Afterwards, stick around for the Blooms & Butterflies Celebration which will include crafts, art exhibit, book sale, live music including craft booths, live music, a book sale, and plenty lots for the kids to do.

ECEC Butterfly Run 5k (Elkton)

When: Saturday, June 20, 2015
When:  5k/10k events start at 9a.
Where: The Eklton Community Education Center at 15850 Highway 38 W in Elkton, Ore.
Register: Online here or you can view, download and print the paper registration form here. You can also register DOR starting at 8a. Register ahead of time for $20 or DOR for $25.

About Author

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.

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