I have travelled to Coos Bay so much for work in the last 18 months, that I feel like I have the whole city covered. I have sampled local faire (this small community has some great restaurants), drank local beer, and ran all over the city. But one thing I have yet to do is compete in an actual race. While Coos Bay actually has some great local races (the most popular likely being the Prefontaine Memorial Run), but the 2016 Run of Two Cities 10k/5k is just around the corner (March 12, 2016) and looks to showcase all that this small city has to offer.
The race starts and ends at Mingus Park in Coos Bay (a beautiful park by the way), and is described as being very hilly (175 meters climbing and 350 feet overall). I have actually ran a very similar route when exploring the city and can attest to some challenging climbs. 10k runners will head north for 3 miles (into the city of North Bend) before looping back to Mingus Park.
This race, as with many South Coast events, is low-key. That doesn’t mean it isn’t great though, as our own Joe Dudman has run in Coos Bay, and in SCRC events before, to rave reviews. One of these days I will have to make it down to race myself in Coos County and see for myself.