Race Preview: 2016 New Year’s Day Hangover Run by Run Wild Adventures

After a lot of stroller racing in 2015 (10 races!), my 6 year old has been itching to do a “real race” with daddy. After she tested her abiliteis at her school’s jog-a-thon, we decided to give it a shot. I’m not sure if I feel like a great dad or a terrible dad for having our first race together being the New Year’s Day Hangover Run, Run Wild Adventures New Year’s Day 3k in Salem.

Start and Finish line

This event is not just for parents running with kids (though that happens), nor is it solely for people struggling to run off a fuzzy New Year’s Eve (though that happens too). It is, however, a great and easy start to 2016 – complete with a short country course, low-key atmosphere, and great post-race party and fun.

The course is straightforward with quite a few different terrains over the 1.86 miles. Runners will begin on a well-packed gravel road and venture into dirt/mud trails, frozen farmland (most years at least), and leaf packed areas. The one mile aid station has some adult-themed “refreshments” for those still aiming to kick their year off right.

As this is the 6th year of the race, the event is top notch. After the race, there will be warm soup/chili, cold beer by Seven Brides Brewing, and raffle prizes galore. Stick around for the Beer Mile and be mesmerized (or disgusted) with what these brave souls put their bodies through.

Hangover Run & Beer Mile (Salem)
When: 12p
Where: 5787 Sunnyview Rd NE Salem, OR 97305
Register: Online here; $12 ($15 DOR)

About Author

Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching hockey, going to as many breweries (618) and wineries (152) as he can, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.

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