Runners will once again have the opportunity to race in one of Oregon’s most unique and peaceful settings at A Very Poplar Run on the Boardman Tree Farm in northeast Oregon. The farm, the edges of which are visible from I-84, is a vast poplar plantation that stretches for miles, and contains neatly spaced trees, aged 1 to 14 years old.
Distances include 5k, 10k, 15k, and a kids’ 1-mile. The courses, different each year due to harvesting schedules, take runners on dirt and gravel roads as well as softer paths between rows of trees. The unique grid-like layout of the trees, as well as their varied ages makes for a magical setting for a run. Not only is this race visually stunning, but the seemingly boundless groves also create an otherworldly sound quality, as voices, breathing, and footsteps waft mysteriously through the trees.
This is one of those races that every Oregonian should experience at least once.
Proceeds benefit Hermiston Agape House, an agency that provides basic services for those in need in the Hermiston area.
What: A Very Poplar Run
When: Saturday, October 24th
Where: The Boardman Tree Farm, just west of Hermiston, OR (Take Exit 171 off of I-84 and follow the signs).
Late registration and packet pickup – 7:00a – 9:45a
1 Mile Kids’ Run – 9:45a
15k – 10:30a
10k – 10:45a
5k – 11:00a
Registration: $25 through 10/22 at 8:00p. $30 day of race. T-shirts are $10 extra and available if pre-registered by Sunday, 10/18. Register online HERE, or click on the “Mail-in Registration” link for a PDF version of the entry form.