Race Preview: 2016 Battle to the Pacific 5k/10k/Half (Fort Stevens State Park)

November 6, 2016

Some of the most beautiful races I have run are those that are outside of towns and cities and set within nature. The 5th annual Battle to the Pacific races on November 6th, 2016, are run entirely within Fort Stevens State Park on the Oregon Coast near Hammond and Astoria. Participants can choose between the 5k, 10k, and half marathon distances. 

All three races start at Picnic Area A at Coffenbury Lake, which can be reached easiest by taking the overnight camping entrance to the park, which also leads to the beach access point at the wreck of the Peter Iredale. The half marathon is the first race to start at 9am. The course is a big double loop through the park, run on paved multipurpose trails, leading runners past the historic military batteries and stations. The 10k and 5k start together at 10am. The 10k mostly follows the same route as the half marathon, the 5k takes a shortcut about a mile into the race, and then rejoins the 10k/half course later on.

After the race, participants will be treated to food and drink from sponsors, raffle prizes, and awards. Every participant also receives a finisher’s ribbon.

For up to date information, follow the race organizer’s Facebook page.

Battle to the Pacific details:
When: Sunday, November 6th; 9am half marathon start; 10am 5k/10k start
Where: Fort Stevens State Park (map)
What: 5k, 10k, half marathon
Registration: Online here
Registration cost: 5k – $25; 10k – $35; Half – $45. Shirts available for $20.
Registration includes: Timed race, post race food and drink
Packet Pickup: Bib pickup will be at 3cups Coffee House in Astoria on Nov 4th, and day of race starting at 7:30am

Tech shirt available for purchase

Tech shirt available for purchase

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