This event focuses on bringing the community together to get healthy. Besides the benefit of running or walking together, the proceeds from this race will go to enhanced heart disease prevention and education in Marion and Polk counties. Last year’s race raised almost $30,000 towards this cause.
The High Street Hustle is a 70’s theme event and costumes are encouraged. There will even be awards for the most inspired looks from the 70s.
Besides enjoying a traffic-free, USATF certified, chip timed race, participants will receive: a tech race tee, a post-race party, lots of food, a free beer (for those 21 and over), and discounts on New Balance shoes and apparel. There will also be free race day parking in the Capitol Mall Underground Parking Structure. See website for more details on parking. Top finishers and age group finishers will receive awards for the 8K and the top 10 male and female finishers for the 5K will also receive awards. Kids’ 1K participants will receive a finisher’s memento.
Jessica reviewed the inaugural race and had this to say:
The streets were alive with participants and spectators making their way to the pre-race festivities…It was simply awesome running down the completely closed off streets, past the capitol building, and onto High Street.
Zipping along High Street… it was lovely seeing this area of Salem… an established neighborhood with lots of people out on their front porches cheering along participants. At this point, there was zero doubt that this was a race that had the communities support. And you can also tell that by the over 200 volunteers and 50 sponsors that came together to make this event a success.
It was so awesome when, getting back onto the downtown streets headed directly for the finish line, you could hear the energy at the finish line – the music, names being announced, and people just lining the streets, sometimes 2-3 deep at points, to cheer us on.
For a first year event, the High Street Hustle was organized and executed like a race that has been around a very long time, and had been perfected. Recalling other races that were as well put together as this one, I can only come up with one other. This is an excellent event, and for 2016, I strongly encourage you to get this one on your race calendar!
That’s high praise.
Be aware that due to street closures, all participants must be able to complete their race in 90 minutes or less. Also be advised that you should leave Fido at home, as dogs are not allowed.
High Street Hustle Details
Date: Saturday, August 13
Times: 7:30 A.M. – 5K and 8K
9:00 A.M. – 1K Kids’ Run
Location: All races share same Start/Finish Line located one block east of the Oregon State Capitol Building on Court St NE between Capitol and Waverly streets in Salem
Entry Fees: $40 – 5K or 8K
$30 – Kids’ 1K
**Use code “RunOR” to save $5 on your registration**
Race Website: Click Here