2~ Sternwheeler Days 5k/10k
Saturday, June 27th runners can start with a 5k or 10k and stick around for a parade and community celebration. Members of the Columbia Gorge Running Club get to run this event for free and non-members are only $2. Both distances begin at 9AM and start/finish near the museum. Held in Cascade Locks, home of the Sternwheeler , this is an out and back on a paved trail. Runners go under the Bridge of the Gods and the 10k turnaround is just before the fish hatchery. Stick around for Sternwheeler Days after the fun run.
3~ Stars & Stripes Marathon
Starting at the Fanno Farmhouse on Creekside Place in Beaverton, this marathon is a steal, even with late registration at only $50 and a minimal processing fee. The half marathon is a decent deal, too, for only $45. Held on Sunday, July 5th, the marathon begins at 7AM and all finishers will receive a medal. The course is perfect for spectators to hang out since it’s a 3.28 mile loop, run 8 times. This low-key race helps spread out the holiday celebration.
4~ Stayton Fun Run
Stayton’s 32nd Annual 4th of July Festival includes a fun run, pancake breakfast, parade, community dinner and a firework display, to name a few of the activities. The fun starts at 9AM with a 3k Walk/Run, 5k Trail Run and 10k Run. Register before June 26th and it only costs $10. After that, it’s still a deal at $15 and there will be registration available the morning of the race, beginning at 8AM. Plan a day of it and feel like you’re going back in time in Stayton. The run will start at the Stayton Community Center (500 W. Burnett St.), which is approximately 15 miles east of Salem on Highway 22.
5~ ORRC 5 on the 4th
The 14th Annual ORRC 5 on the 4th– 5k Run & Walk and Kid’s Run is free for all ORRC club members and only $5 for non-members registered by July 1st. After July 1st it will cost $10 for everyone, so register early. The course is flat and fast and starts/finishes at Mentor Graphics in Wilsonville (8005 SW Boeckman Rd). Registration opens at 7:30 AM. A Patriotic Costume Contest starts at 8:35AM followed with the Kid’s Fun Run at 8:45AM and 5k at 9AM. Runners and walkers are welcome and this is simply a FUN RUN, so there will be no official results. There will be raffle prizes, apple pie and ice cream/popsicles at the finish.
6~ Stride 5k Run/Walk Series
The next run in this series will be on Saturday, July 4th at 9AM and will be held at the Wallace Marine and Waterfront Parks in Salem. This is a perfect opportunity for less experienced runners/walkers to get comfortable with events and it only costs $5. Strollers are welcome, but please be courteous of others and start in the back. Register online and pick up your bib the Thursday or Friday before the race at the Public Works Department in Salem.
7~ Newberg Mini-Marathon
Technically this race is free and I almost didn’t include it for that very reason. It is free, but in lieu of registration fees, they are asking for a donation. All donations go to A Family Place, a program that offers support to kids in Yamhill County and has helped reduce childhood abuse and neglect. A unique distance of 2.62 miles and great opportunity to get the family running, the Newberg Mini-Marathon should be fun for everyone. Register online to secure a spot. The fun run starts at 9:30AM on Saturday, June 27th from the Newberg A Family Place (1714 Villa Rd).
8~ Lyles Myles
This is a deal at $12 for a 5k Run/Walk and this event takes ‘fun run’ to a whole new level. After years of finishing in the back of the pack, Lyle Smith decided to do something about it. He started Lyle’s Myles for his 60th birthday and figured out a way to ‘win’ instead. With this run, anyone who crosses the finish line before him is disqualified. He’s got a good sense of humor and awards are given for the ‘Fastest Disqualified’ in each age group, but it’s not often you can run event and know, without a doubt, that you won’t be last. Fun is top priority with this 5k, themes and gimmicks are encouraged. It’s held at Esther Short Park in Vancouver during Vancouver’s Annual Pride Festival and proceeds are donated to three charities. 40% of the proceeds go to Global Partners for Development, funding projects in Africa, 50 % goes to Martha’s Pantry in Vancouver, providing necessities like food, toiletries and clothing to families living with HIV/AIDS and the remaining 10% goes to the Cascade AIDS Project in Portland. A great deal, and a great cause.