Small Relay Preview: Roseburg to Coos Bay Relay (April 16, 2016)

My work travel this year has taken me all over the state - including numerous trips to the coast. Over the past 12 months, I have traveled from:

  • Portland to Astoria,
  • Salem to Tillamook,
  • Salem to Lincoln City,
  • Corvallis to Newport,
  • Philomath to Waldport,
  • Eugene to Florence, and
  • Drain to Reedsport
I think there is really only "major" route I havefailed to utilize and with the 2016 Roseburg to Coos Bay Relay coming up, I may actually get the chance.

This event is coming up soon (April 16, 2016), but there is still the opportunity to participate. And since it’s a one-day relay spread out over 67 miles, it may not take a significant effort to put a team together. Though you may not know much about this event, it has actually been around since the 70’s. From the website:

This popular event was started in the early 70’s by a group of South Coast Running Club (SCRC)members who enjoyed the beautiful scenery and the peaceful solitude of the Coos Bay Military Wagon Road that travels mostly through sparsely populated areas of the Coast Range. Later, the Roseburg Track Club managed the relay, which had its 19th running in 1991. The SCRC and the Camp Millennium Committee joined forces to revive the relay in a new format in 1997.

As the “main” road between the valley and the coast is not the most safe for runners (minimal shoulder and fast cars don’t mix), participantswill mostly stick to the Coos Military Wagon Road – a road that sees minimal traffic. Basically, expect a lot of quiet. Also expect to be on the lookout for yourself, as there is no on-course support or traffic monitoring – not that much will be necessary.

There are 15 relay legs that can be tackled amongst two divisions – competitive (teams of 5 or less) or non-competitive (5 or more). You could even bring out a team/work group/church and everyone could tackle a single leg if you wished. Each leg varies in length (from 3-6 miles) and difficulty (steep hills are mixed in and stronger runners should be running 1&5, followed by 2&4, and ending with 3). Check out the South Coast Running Club website for details on leg descriptions. There is also a 23-mile relay walk (8 legs) that starts at Laverne Park on the Coquille River.

Participants will receive a medal and shirt for finishing. The event is a fundraiser for Camp Millenuium, an amazing summer program that provides outdoor rec activities for children battling cancer. That’s enough reason to participate right there.

Roseburg to Coos Bay Relay
When: April 16, 2016
Where: Starts at KPIC-TV in Roseburg; Ends at Fred Meyer in Coos Bay
Register: Online or mail-in; $32 per team member

About Matt Rasmussen (1572 Articles)
Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching the Olympics, sampling craft beers, 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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