I snagged this preview because if I hadn't, I know that Joe Dudman would have seen it as a great opportunity for punning around. That's right, punning around (not running around) ... even the name of this race is clever!
The proceeds from the Hoofin' it to Beef Fit will be invested in the Baker County Shrine Steer, which is then auctioned off to benefit the Shriners Hospital for Children.
Wendy Bingham, President-Elect fo the Oregon Cattlewomen, explains how the auction works. "Each year for 43 years now, the Baker County Cattlewomen and Baker County Livestock Association organizations purchase a steer from the Baker County Fair supporting a local youth who has worked hard to show their beef animal. The steer (beef animal) is then donated to the Shriner's to auction off at half-time of the East/West Shrine Football game held in Baker City. These steers have earned nearly $15,000 and upwards each year for the Shriners Hospital for Children."
This first-year event is scheduled for Saturday, August 6th in Baker City, Oregon. The race is marketed as flat, starting at a private ranch and running along the Powder River on Leo Adler Memorial Parkway. The finish is at Geiser Pollman Park, where participants can enjoy a steak breakfast, watch a parade, and learn more about the Oregon Cattlewomen and other vendors.
Because this is a point-to-point course, organizers encourage participants to park at the finish at Geiser Pollman Park. The park is at the corner of Campbell and Grove Street, not far from the glamorous and some say, haunted, Geiser Grand Hotel. The shuttle will run from 7a-7:30a and take participants to the start at the Thomas Angus Ranch at 42598 N. Cedar Street in Baker City.
Day-of-race registration and packet pick-up will start at 7 a.m. at Geiser Pollman Park. Participants can save money by signing up online before July 30, after which time 5k prices will go up $5 to $30. All 5k participants will receive a t-shirt, a water bottle, and some jerky.
The 1-mile walk is only $5 and all participants will receive jerky. Other race goodies will be available for a small cost.
Here are the details:
When: Saturday, August 6, 2016
What time: Shuttles run from 7a-7:30a. The run starts at 8a.
Where: Meet at the finish at Geiser Pollman Park in Baker City.
Register: Online here for the 5k for $25 or day of race between 7a-7:30a for $30. The 1-mile walk is $5.