This iconic race is put on by the Willamette Valley Road Runners, and the courses are some of my favorite in Salem. I probably run these paved trails 3-4 times per month and am ecstatic to see Minto Brown Park continue to gain bark and dirt trails (in addition to shortly being connected with Riverfront Park). The event is pretty much the same from year’s past – why mess with a good thing, right?! Last year, they staggered the start times to thin people out, as previous years had seen major path clogging due to the 5k consisting of a very quick out and back that was always chaotic
Of course, the race is just part of the event – as the ice cream sundae bar afterwards is always a hit for runners and spectators alike (free for runners with registration and $2 for others. The event also once again benefits McKay High School Cross Country.