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Race Preview: 2016 Hilton Half and Family Fun Run (John Day)

People probably get sick of me leading out posts this way, but I'll just continue to mention that I have been lucky enough to travel all over this great state - from east to west. One great and out-of-the-way place that I have come to appreciate is John Day. Most Oregonians are probably familiar with John Day's Painted Hills, but now there is a reason to go over and get in a race at the same time. Check out the Hilton Half and Family Fun Run on September 17, 2016. The race course is described as such:

Join us for this scenic, family-friendly run featuring views of Strawberry Mountain and the John Day Valley. This fast course is designed to accommodate the beginning to advanced runner and everyone in between. Choose to run a 1/2 marathon, 10K, 5K, or Kids K. Portions of the 1/2 marathon, 10K and 5K run along the John Day River and feature both on and off-road running.
When I last visited John Day, I put in miles around the 7th Street Sports Complex - a great little paved looped trail area that is host to sports fields, and a great place to park while running in John Day. I ended up running up into the adjacent hills before looping back around and running on Main Street for a while. However, for the sake of this race, only the Kids race will take place inside the park limits, while the rest are one-way jaunts that will finish. 

Registration and packet pickup for all events will be held at 7th Street Sports Complex beginning at 7a, and a bus will leave at 730am for the half and 10K starts. A second bus for the 5k will leave at 840am.

The half begins in Prairie City alongside Highway 26. If you have ever driven the eastbound road into John Day, you know it’s pretty quiet and offers some wonderful views. The 10k begins at Holiday Ranch and the 5k will start at Dog Creek Road. The last 2 miles of all the races will follow gravel road to the finish line. There look to be a handful of water stations and port-a-potties along the way as well. Oh, and Popsicles will be there for finishers too!

Results from the 2014 event show a small field (though pretty competitive) – and a perfect one for the scenery and supporting a wonderful cause. This year they are encouraging participants to pick an “everyday” hero to run in honor of and allow for the bringing of a memento to put at the finish line at the Hero Wall. All proceeds benefit Families First Parent Resource Center.

Hilton Half and Family Fun Run
When: 8am on Saturday, September 17
Where: Shuttle pick-up and finish at 7th Street Sports Complex
Register: Online here; $25 for runners registered by September 1st ($30 after)

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About Matt Rasmussen (894 Articles)
Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching the Olympics, sampling craft beers, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010. Matt joined the Run Oregon team in October 2011, and since then he has spearheaded the blog’s efforts to cover product reviews, news about businesses related to running, and running events in the Willamette Valley.

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