Big city races are fun, but I find that the real draw in running comes in the form of small town runs. The friendly vibe and sense of community at these events can’t be matched. One of my favorites is the races at the Newberg Camellia Fest, the Newberg CPRD Camellia Run. Traversing residential roads with great views of the hills just west of town, this race on April 9th has always been enjoyable.
The event is located at the Chehalem Cultural Center (415 E. Sheridan St), in the center of Newberg. The 10K starts at 9a and the 5K five minutes after. Both courses are loops that head towards the west side of town. Register before the 24th to receive a shirt, and all registrants get a potted, one gallon Camellia. Pricing is currently $30, or $5 less for those under 18. DOE registration is $35. This race gives out an awesome variety of door prizes in addition to the standard overall and age group prizes. There is a pre race packet pickup option on April 18th from 10 am to 6 pm at the local aquatic center, or you can pick it up the morning of after 7:30 am.
Spring marks the true beginning of race season and fun local races like this one are a great way to get the year going. Located only 10 minutes south of Sherwood, this event on April 9th will be a fun little kick starter for the season, regardless of which distance you prefer.