Running the Better Half with my better half: A Run Oregon preview of the 2015 Sisters “Better Half” Marathon

I ran the Sisters Better Half Marathon in 2015, and had a wonderful time. From the course, to the organization, to the post-race party - things just seemed to go well all the way around. But there was one thing missing. The term"better half" has a connotation of those in a relationship/married, and while my single tackling of the double-looped half marathon was great, I just wished that I could participate with my actual "better half". Fast forward a year and my wife, now having participated in a handful of 5k's over the past 8 months, is ready to join me. I couldn't be more excited!

There are a few options out there:

  • 1/4 Marathon
  • Half Marathon
  • Half Marathon Relay
    • Male/Female
    • Male/Male
    • Female/Female

Winners of all categories will receive a growler with a $5 gift card toward filling it at Three Creeks Brewing!

The race starts and ends at Village Green Park, a beautiful park complete with gazebos and plenty of room to stretch. There is also a playground, which will come in handy so the non-running parent can participate. In 2015, I had this to say about the course:

We started out by heading East from the park on the always quiet Sisters residential streets. There was one “major” intersection that was easily monitored by course martials directing traffic. Runners ran through Creekside Park (complete with a small bridge), before entering the paved trails around FivePine Lodge. We maneuvered through the area before being spit out onto Elm Street and headed on a short out-and-back. While this was a “main” street, cars were few and far between. I enjoyed this section as it allowed us to see exactly how we were stacking up with runners ahead and behind us.

At about mile 2.75 or so we ran back by Village Green Park , the first of 5 times that runners would pass by (including the start and finish). My family didn’t make the trip with me, but this course was about as spectator friendly as it could be. After this, runners headed out west through a residential neighborhood that I only wish I could afford. Some local residents were out on their porches and smiled and cheered us on while sipping on some hot coffee (jealous). The final 2 miles of the loop consisted of the long circle around the middle and high schools and passed the start of the Peterson Ridge Rumble – bringing back fond memories.

The course map. - Photo by Sisters "Better Half" Marathon

The course map.
– Photo by Sisters “Better Half” Marathon

Both before and after the event, there were local pastries and coffee available, as well as some great refueling options (beer and cider included), as well as local prizes from Sisters. Go here for some additional event details.

The Sisters ‘Better Half’ is now part of the Oregon Half and Full Marathon Series. Follow the race on Facebook too.

Sisters “Better Half” Marathon (Sisters)

When: 9a on Saturday, April 23
Where: Village Green Park
Register: Online here or mail-in; 1/4 Marathon $35, Half Marathon $50, Relay $60 (add $5 on 4/21); Prices include race shirt (2015’s was an awesome cotton-blend tee that I still wear today) and logo pint glass

About Matt Rasmussen (1574 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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