Paavo Nurmi Run scheduled for July 30 in Naselle, Washington (close to Astoria, Ore.)

Paavo Nurmi, the Flying Finn, is known for his work ethic and his multi-game success at the Olympics. Oregon Road Runners Club member Greg Jacob helps coordinate a run celebrating his legend in the small town of Naselle, Washington, which is just 25 minutes north of Astoria, Ore. Here is some information on the event provided by Jacob: This year’s Finnish-American Folk Festival Paavo Nurmi run is scheduled for Saturday, July 30, starting at 8a. The run is named after the Finnish runner and Olympic gold medal winner in the 1920, 1924 and 1928 games. It is a 5K (3.1 miles) course.

The registration is $15 run/walk registration fee which does not include T-shirt, and a $25 registration fee including a t-shirt. There will be limited race T-shirts available on July 30. Please pre-register before July 15 to ensure you will get a race t-shirt; by clicking on the race name you can find a printable entry form.

The course will begin and end at the Naselle High School track. Runners and walkers should be aware the course is a gravel road and using caution is necessary.

Awards will be presented at 9:30 am at the high school track and a variety of awards will be given – youngest, oldest, fastest male, fastest female, and the runner who travelled the farthest will receive medals.

A Pannukakku Breakfast (Finnish Pancake) is available for purchase beginning at 7a on Saturday at the ESA, Alpha Theta booth located inside the school and will be available after the race.

About Kelly Barten (1152 Articles)
I started the Run Oregon blog in February 2007, because I felt like running in Oregon and SW Washington deserved more positive coverage. I also wanted to level the playing field so that small, non-profit races could compete with big events; and to support LOCAL race organizers. I'm a Creighton Bluejay (undergrad) and an Oregon Duck (Sports Marketing MBA), and I live in Tigard with my husband and two kids. My "real job" is working for an incredibly awesome math textbook company doing marketing and production.
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