Searching for a new small-town race to run in early August? Homer's Classic has been run annually since 1983, making it just a few years younger than me, and always draws a solid crowd of runners and walkers at paces from super-speedy to, well, everyone else. The distance, 8k, is another reason it draws a good crowd; it's a unique distance. And even though the 2-miler is a "Fun Run and Walk," there's no reason you can't get out there and test your speed. This year's race boasts of a brand-new start location, but still runs on the historic Gallon House Bridge, which is the oldest covered bridge in Marion County. (Click here to read about the 100-year-old Gallon House Bridge's interesting history and the origin of its name.)
Here are the details:
When: Sunday, August 7th
What time: 9a
Where: The track at Old Silverton High School at 802 Schlador Street in Silverton
Register: Online here for only $15 by August 6th (without the tech shirt; $28 with the shirt) or day of race for $20 (if there are still shirts available you can score one for just $15)
Homer’s Classic is so named because it takes place during Silverton’s Homer Davenport Days. Davenport, a world-famous political cartoonist in the early 1900’s, grew up and was buried in Silverton. Homer Davenport Days runs from August 5-7, with everything from a car show to a parade, and plenty of food & live music. There will even be kid’s activities, so I’m planning to head down with the family for my favorite race distance.
The courses are out and back, starting at the high school. The 2-miler turns around at the cemetery, while the 8k continues towards more rural areas including the covered bridge crossing. Both events start and finish with 3/4 of a lap on the track and include a short stretch of gravel road. Finishers will be treated to refreshing watermelon and Mexican pastries. Awards will presented for 5-year age group winners in the 8k and for the top 10 male and female 2-mile finishers.
Proceeds from this event benefit youth and high school running programs in Silverton and the neighboring town of Mt. Angel.