Race Preview: 2016 Eastern Oregon Half Marathon

I was talking with blogger Joe Dudman the other day. Joe runs A LOT and was saying that he is just one way from completing a race in all 36 counties. That got me thinking about where I have run before and how I was going to round out my own personal county challenge. This upcoming Memorial Day seems like the perfect opportunity to mark Wheeler County off of my list with the 2016 Eastern Oregon Half Marathon (10k & 5k).

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.

The half will be point to point (bus transportation will be available to transport all runners to the start), and is described simply as:

[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!

Eastern Oregon Half Marathon (10k & 5k) (Spray)
When: Saturday, May 28th
Register:Online here; $30.00; +$5 for shirt (must register by May 17th for shirt)


About Author

Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching hockey, going to as many breweries (618) and wineries (152) as he can, 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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