Race Preview: 2015 Chehalem Challenge

The Chehalem Challenge bills itself as One. Tough. Mother. Are you ready for this challenging "more than" half marathon or 5K? Set in the Chehalem Mountains, this course will challenge you and replenish you with its beauty.

The Chehalem Challenge is a fundraiser for Chehalem Mountain Riding Therapy Center Inc. which provides horseback riding therapy for those with special needs. It is also held in recognition of a “truly challenging profession . . . the mothers of children with special needs.  Where Strength, Discipline, and Endurance are daily requirements. Our hats are off to you ladies.  For you are truly One. Tough. Mother.”

The “more than” half marathon is 14 miles long and includes 6 miles of gravel and a 1068 foot elevation gain in just the first 5 miles! Then you will enjoy views of the Newberg Valley as you run along the top of Chehalem Mountain. At mile 10 there is a 2 mile climb with an elevation gain of 488 feet. All that hard work will be rewarded with a 1.5 mile downhill run to the finish line. Water/aid stations are available along the course.

The 5K walk/run is for all abilities. This non-competitive out and back course has an uphill climb of 2.5K and then it’s downhill to the finish. There is also a Tot Trot for the kids to enjoy.

After the race learn about horseback therapy and even meet the unique Norwegian Fjord therapy horses.

Take on the Chehalem Challenge and support this great organization that helps so many special needs children. Your hard work is sure to put a smile on your face and on the face of many grateful kids and their parents.

Chehalem Challenge Details

Date: Saturday, Sept. 12

Time: 8:00 A.M.

Location: Chehalem Mountain Therapy Riding Center, 23185 SW Jaquith Rd., Newberg

Registration Fees (before Aug. 29): $55 – More than half   $40 – 5K Run/Walk   $10  – Tot Trot

Race Website: Click Here


About Annette Vaughan (493 Articles)
Annette Vaughan is a runner and personal trainer in Canby, Oregon. She began running at the age of 30 and became hooked after her first race (even though she is a self-proclaimed slow runner.) She enjoys small local races from 5Ks to half-marathons, with a 30K on the books as her longest run ever. She has also become a huge fan of obstacle course races and just can't get enough of them. Annette is a certified personal trainer, who believes in promoting movement since our bodies were designed to move. The more we move, the better we move and function in everyday life.
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