Race Preview: 2016 Independence Day 5K/10K at Champoeg Park


There’s a new course for the Second Annual Independence Day 5K/10K, but it’s still a perfect opportunity to celebrate our nation’s birthday. Held at Champoeg State Park in St. Paul, Oregon, the run starts at 8am and winds through paved trails along the Willamette River. Both events cost $49 and include the run and the after-party with music, burgers and beer on the river. Online registration closes on Saturday, July 2nd at 10am. Day-of-registration is available at packet pick up.

Make sure to bring cash or purchase an Oregon State Park Pass since the park charges a $5 day fee. The new venue with be gorgeous, but it’s equally exciting that Run with Paula Events has picked the Marion-Polk Food Share as the charity for this event. The Independence Day 5K/10K will make a cash donation to the food bank and they are encouraging participants to do the same. Bring cash for the collection jar or some non-perishable food to drop off for those in need.

The race starts near the Riverside Pavilion and will be an out and back with mile markers and volunteers keeping runners on course. Strollers and furry friends will not be allowed on the course. There will be plenty of water and Glukos at the aid stations along the way.  Burgers/Gardenburgers will be served beginning at 9am and participants 21 and over can enjoy a Rogue Beer. The Ben Rice Band will be performing for the post-race celebration.

Packet pick up begins at 6:30am at Champoeg State Park. The 5K and 10K both begin at 8am and the awards ceremony will start at 10am. Awards will be given for the overall Male and Female and Overall Masters winners. Ribbons will be given out for the top three finishers in each age division. Anyone fast or slow can win the random giveaways at the awards ceremony. Portland Running Company gift cards and Hoka One’ One’ Shoes will be randomly given out.

The Independence Day 5K/10K is a fun way to start off the Fourth of July, with a run and party in the park. Pack a Frisbee or some hiking shoes and take advantage of the park after the festivities. With so much to offer, it’s easy to see why Run with Paula Events changed venues. Rich with American history, Champoeg State Park is the perfect location for an Independence Day Run.


Independence Day 5K/10K begins at 8am

Champoeg State Park (8239 Champoeg Rd., NE. St. Paul)

Both events are $49

Party to follow



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