Race Preview: 2016 East Oregonian Butte Challenge

BC 2014 1100 If people have read my posts on Run Oregon for any period of time, you have probably seen me reference the amount of travel I have done around the state. In fact, some of my most favorite running memories are just taking to the streets and trails in an unknown town. Most of us are probably familiar with the town of Hermiston (watermelons!), but I'm guessing only a few of us have actually been to and/or ran in the city. In fact, while I have eaten at the Hermiston Brewing Company, the closest I have been for running purposes is nearby Stanfield. Maybe I, as well as you, should consider heading over for the 17th annual East Oregonian Butte Challenge.

The Butte Challenge is the one of the most popular and longest-lasting running events in Eastern Oregon. It continues to grow every year with donations from the community and coverage by local newspapers. This is great because the event is the top fundraiser for the Hermiston Cross Country Program, and all profits from this event benefit youth running in Hermiston.

The course can be seen above, and I really like how it will all be held within the downtown area of the city. The race starts and ends at Hermiston Butte Park and will loop around neighborhood streets (1 loop for the 5k and two for the 10k). The kid’s race is non-competitive and geared towards positivity. Each child participant will also receive a complimentary pass to Inflatable Fun Gym.

Stick around for raffle and awards, as well as a running clinic put on by the cross-country team.

Follow the race on Facebook.

When: Saturday, May 7th; 830 am

Where: Hermiston Butte Park in Hermiston, OR

Cost/Register: Online here; $20.00 (+$2.95 registration fee); ids race = $10.00

About Matt Rasmussen (1568 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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