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Small Race Previews: Columbia Gorge/Eastern/Southern Oregon Races on June 4 & 5, 2016

There are a bunch of races in the summer. We try to get to as many as we can, but sometimes there just isn't enough time in the week to get them all scheduled! If you are looking for some local races to round out your calendar, read below!

3 Rivers Race (La Grande)

Spring into fitness and join us for our 15th annual benefit ride or run circling the beautiful Grande Ronde Valley in Eastern Oregon to raise money to fight domestic violence in Union, Wallowa and Baker Counties.

When:  June 4, 2016 at 10am
Where: Pioneer Park
Register: Online here; $35


Run to the Ruts
(Baker City)

“Run to the Ruts” is a Challenging 5K (3.1 mile) Run/Walk or 10K (6.2miles) Run. It starts in the 3rd parking lot and head down the service road towards the Panorama Point Trail. At approx. 2.3 miles the course turns right towards the Eagle Valley Railroad Grade Loop Trail. Then, after an approx. 430 ft. elevation drop, it takes the Ascent Trail, the last mile, back to the 3rd parking lot and finish line. The route is a mixture of gravel road, paved trails and dirt trails, with several tight curves. The 10K course is two laps. 

When:  June 4, 2016 at 830am
Where: Oregon Trail Interpretive Center
Register: Online here; $15

Hood 2 River Relay Race (Hood River)

The Hood 2 River Relay is an exciting late spring event that kicks off the summer recreational season on Mt. Hood and in the Columbia River Gorge. Put a fun 2- 6 person team together or do it alone for bragging rights and prepare to quickly descend from the high slopes of the mountain to the low lying elevations of the Columbia River Basin. We love a multi-sport day in Hood River.

When:  June 4, 2016 at 1030am
Where: Mt. Hood to Hood River
Register: Online here; $125-$300 (depending on team size)

Start of Gold Dust Run

Gold Dust Days (Gold Hill)

When:  June 4, 2016 at 8am
Where: Del Rio Vineyards
Register: Online here; $25

Heaven Can Wait Women’s 5k (Bend)

St. Charles Foundation’s annual Heaven Can Wait 5K walk/run for breast cancer has grown to become one of the largest 5K races in Central Oregon.

Each year on National Cancer Survivors Day, the first Sunday in June, the Heaven Can Wait 5K draws thousands to Bend’s Drake Park with a shared mission to raise funds forSara’s Project, a fund of St. Charles Foundation, provides education, early detection and support services to ease the challenges of breast cancer for people in Central and Eastern Oregon.

Heaven Can Wait was founded in 2000 by Charlene Levesque, a breast cancer survivor. Charlene’s diagnosis prompted Central Oregon Running Klub (CORK) to begin formulating the idea of a women’s event that would promote early detection of cancer and encourage a healthy active lifestyle.

When:  June 5, 2016 at 930am
Where: Drake Park
Register: Online here; $25

Stride into Summer 5k (Warrenton)

Join our Warrenton Grade School community in celebrating the final days of the 2015-2016 school year as we “stride into summer” with this 5 kilometer run and walk.  The race starts and finishes at the Warrenton Grade School track and tours local roads,  looping the Warrenton community park via a few hundred yards of gravel trail.

When:  June 5, 2016 at 930am
Where: Warrenton Grade School
Register: Online here; $22

About Matt Rasmussen (1500 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. Matt joined the Run Oregon team in October 2011, and since then he has spearheaded the blog’s efforts to cover product reviews, news about businesses related to running, and running events in the Willamette Valley.

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