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Race Preview: 2016 Monkey Around 5K Fun Run (Jacksonville, Oregon)

On February 27th, the Southern Oregon Chinese Cultural Association will host the "Monkey Around" 5K Fun Run in Jacksonville, in celebration of the Chinese New Year and the Year Of The Monkey. The 9th annual event is described as fast, easy, and family-friendly. Competitive runners will go ape over the prize money offered to the top three male and female finishers ($100, $50, and $25). Chimp, er chip timing will be used. Children 12 and under will go bananas when they receive a monkey toy! (Sounds cool! I look young enough to pass for 11, right?)

The race is just one part of the Chinese New Year Celebration, which also includes a parade later in the morning, featuring lions, dragons, gongs (Oh my!), and a variety of community groups; a Chinese cooking demonstration; and a Kungfu class. For a full list of events, visit the festival’s website:

What: Monkey Around 5K Fun Run

When: Saturday, February 27th

Where: Bigham Knoll Campus (525 Bigham Knoll Drive, Jacksonville)

What Time: 8:00a (Parade at 10:30a)

Registration: Preregistration is encouraged. You can register online HERE. You can also download a mail-in entry form from the main site. The 5k is $15 for runners 19 and over ($10 for Southern Oregon Runners members), and $7 for 18 and younger (add $10 for a shirt).

About Joe Dudman (266 Articles)
Portland, Oregon native Joe Dudman has been running races since his sophomore year in high school, and has accumulated over 600 race shirts through the years. Although he has survived 8 marathons, Joe prefers shorter, faster races like 5Ks and the mile.

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