Race Preview: 2015 Canby Dahlia Run

I may be a bit biased, but the Willamette Valley is a beautiful place to run. Scenic hills, mild weather and plenty of fresh air lend themselves to a great environment for running. Located a bit off I-5, the town of Canby is no exception. Home to the Canby Dahlia Run, now in it’s fifth year, it offers a 10K and half marathon option. Adding to the positive vibes is the beneficiaries involved, Wilderness International, Operation Snuggle, and the Canby Center. In a rare move, all of the proceeds go to the listed charities. Sealing the deal is timing company Uberthons handling the numbers duties.

While the event offers both a 10K and half distance, entries are not transferable or refundable. What you register for is what you get. Both events start at 7 am. The half goes through residential and rural areas, including the large Dahlia farm it gets it name from. The course actually takes you on the grass between the rows of flowers. With eight water stations on the course, hydration shouldn’t be an issue. Only including a mild incline and a hill, it sounds like a fairly flat undertaking until the end. In a bit of course designing brilliance, the last quarter is downhill, at the end of which participants will receive a medal and a cut dahlia. Also including a mild incline and a hill, the 10K course is in a mostly rural area. With 4 water stations and the same downhill finish, it ends with a medal and cut dahlia as well.

Awards will be given out three deep in seven age brackets, but you must be present to receive it. The 10K award ceremony is at 8:45, and the half ceremony is an hour after.

Until August 23rd. registration is $45 for the 10K and $55 for the half. Day of event registration is $5 more, cash or check only.

Packet pickup is at the race start, New Life Foursquare Church ( 2350 SE Territorial Rd), on Friday from 3:30-6:30 pm or on event day from 6-6:45 am. Strollers are welcome, but dogs are not, but be aware the course closes at 11. With guaranteed medals and views for all those involved, Canby will be the place to be on August 29th. Chip timed by Uberthons and fragrances provided by the Swan Island Dahlia farm, this could be the optimum way to have a good time for a great cause.

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