Race Preview: 2016 Fall Festival Run (Corvallis)

It’s really weird to start previewing races with “Fall” in the title. Sure, the kids are back in school, but I’m still not mentally ready to let go of summer yet. I guess the running of the 38th Annual Corvallis Fall Festival Run, held on September 25, will help turn the tide a little more. The 10k and 5k are part of the  . Corvallis Fall Festival, now in it’s 44th year.

Looking at the course maps (hyperlinked above), they are actually pretty sweet courses that showcase a good cross-section of Corvallis (especially the 10k). Both distances start just NW of the historical downtown district (and their great breweries), and head through some urban neighborhoods, through the OSU campus and near Reser Stadium, and out into a rural out-and-back on the rural Campus Way bike path. The 5k doesn’t hit the bike path, and cuts the OSU trek a little shorter (maybe a good thing for Duck fans), but still has some good neighborhood streets.

I am bummed that no strollers are allowed, but this may be a “leave the kids at home/start line with mom” race. Packet Pickup is available the day prior at Running Princess in Downtown Corvallis. There were about 140 10k and 247 5k finishers last year, so it’s definitely a pretty popular event.

Corvallis Fall Festival Run Details

Date: Sunday, Sept. 25

Times: 8:50 A.M. – 1K  9:10 A.M. – 5K and 10K

Location: Central Park, Corvallis

Registration: Online here;

1K – $15 no shirt, $30 with shirt (through 9/14)
5K and 10K – $20 no shirt, $35 with shirt (through 9/16);
5k and 10k will increase to $30 beginning 9/17 and no shirt will be guaranteed

About Author

Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching hockey, going to as many breweries (618) and wineries (152) as he can, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.

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