I don’t mean this as a dig, but Spray is in the middle of nowhere. When I was looking for the biggest city to draw a reference to, the nearest I could find was Prineville (83 miles), John Day (69 miles) or Condon (51 miles). It’s pretty isolated. But it’s bound to be Eastern Oregon at it’s finest. After 52 years (yes – 52!), the race has decided to add a 5k and 10k in addition to the 1/2 half.
[Beginning] 1/4 mile north of Service Creek on HWY 19 and follows the scenic John Day River Valley, to finish in the town of Spray, OR. The surface is paved, with a twelve-foot rise in elevation between start and finish. Participants will run with traffic on the right side of the road.
As far as I can tell via Google Maps and the above description, this is the general route of the course.
Following the race, there will be breakfast available at Spray School (pancakes, ham, and eggs). There will also be showering capabilities (it would NOT be fun to drive home afterwards without one), but be cognizant that “hot water assured to those with fastest race times”.
Make a day of this event and head to a part of the state you probably haven’t been to or raced in before!