Hot potato! If this isn’t reason to secure your spot at the start line, I don’t know what is! Let me fill you in on the Canby Dahlia Half Marathon and 10k, because it is always a fan favorite event. The race begins bright and early at 7 a.m. The start/finish line is located at the campus of New Life Foursquare Church. Chip timing for both events will be provided by the awesome team at Uberthons.
This is a walker friendly half marathon, but please note that the course will close at 11 a.m. This allows a 4 hour time limit for the half marathon. Baby joggers and hand cycles are welcome (barefoot runners, too!). No dogs, please.
The half marathon is fairly flat with a couple hills thrown in to make it fun. The 13.1 mile course will take you on paved runs, past a gold course, beautifully wooded forest, and provide views of the Willamette River You’ll weave through adorable neighborhood streets as you approach the (approx.) 6 mile mark. This is where you will understand why this race is called the Canby Dahlia Run. Here, you will run through 40 acres of dahlia fields. And, at the finish line, you will get a fresh cut dahlia, too (along with a finisher medal). Turning down the driveway to Swan Island Dahlia, which is the largest dahlia farm in the country, you will get to run in between the fields! Pictures will be taken here! After cruising out of the land of dahlias, you’ll quickly be on a logging road with no vehicle traffic. You’ll pitter patter through wheat fields, past farm lands, and generally know that you are in the country. Ahhhh, I love it. The last push into the finish line will be downhill.
The 10k event will not go through the dahlia fields, but will follow the later portion of the half marathon course. It will be beautiful, flat with a couple hills thrown in the mix, and ll finishers will receive a fresh cut dahlia and finisher medal, just like the half marathon participants.
And, all proceeds from the Canby Dahlia Half Marathon and 10k go to local charities; it has received Run Oregon’s “Non-Profit/Volunteer Race” certification. For 2015, the proceeds will benefit Wilderness International, Operation Snuggle, and The Canby Center.
Get registered for this one! You really don’t want to miss it! Portlandia … running … what is better?!
P.S. – Parking is limited at the start line, so carpooling is strongly encourage.
Date: Saturday, August 29, 2015
Distance: Half Marathon and 10k
Start Time: 7 a.m. for both events
Cost: $55 for the half marathon, $45 for the 10k until 8/23/15
Register: Click here to register