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Race Preview: 25th Annual Manzanita Beach Walk/Run Held on July 18th

The 25th Annual Manzanita Beach Walk & Run will take place on Saturday, July 18th at 9AM. Participants can choose from a 5k, 10k or organize a group for a 25k relay. All distances are $35. Started in 1990, the Manzanita Beach Walk & Run is a fundraiser for the local fitness center located in Nehalem. The run starts on Laneda Avenue, the main street in Manzanita, and will head towards the Nehalem Bay Jetty. Sand and scenery make this event unique, with gorgeous views of Neah-Kah-Nie Mountain as well as our beautiful Oregon coastline.

There will be mile markers keeping people on course and volunteers cheering. The views make it a pretty run and the music will keep the crowd energized.  There will be a post-race barbeque at the finish line, a chance to put your feet up and re-fuel.  For participants 21 and over, Bill’s Tavern will provide a complimentary beer, so make sure to pack your driver’s license.

Manzanita is just past Cannon Beach along Highway 101 after Cape Lookout, but before Rockaway Beach. Plan on hiking Neah-Kah-Nie Mountain after the fun run; the view from the top is amazing on a clear day. It has a wide trail and is kid and dog friendly, with supervision. There are a lot of switchbacks, but it’s a must. Plus, it’s a good way to walk off the run.

Head back to Manzanita when you’re done and hit Left Coast Siesta for the best Mexican food on the coast. Fresh food and a long list of ingredients to build the perfect enchilada, burrito or taco, and they also offer vegetarian options. Finish off at Manzanita Sweets along Laneda, where you will find all sorts of novelty candy including gag gifts and a large assortment of old fashioned candies. The typical beach candy is there, too, with saltwater taffy, fudge and even Moonstruck truffles.

Make a day of it, or plan on a weekend getaway at the beach. The 25th Annual Manzanita Beach Walk & Run is a great excuse to get out of town and perfect way to start the weekend.

Manzanita Beach Walk & Run Schedule

  • Jul 17 02:00 PM Day Before Packet Pickup at Manzanita Grocery
  • Jul 18 06:30 AM Race Bib and Chip Pick-up
  • Jul 18 08:50 AM Participant Pep Talk
  • Jul 18 09:00 AM Event Start
  • Jul 18 09:20 AM Post Race Yoga Stretch
  • Jul 18 09:30 AM Post Race BBQ & Beer Garden
  • Jul 18 10:00 AM Race Awards
  • Jul 18 11:00 AM Raffle Drawing
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