Race Preview: 2016 First Run (Eugene)

If you are looking to end 2016 AND start 2017 on high notes, check out the First Run in Eugene, put on by Level 32 Racing. There are actaully two races - one starting at 1159 pm on December 31st, followed by a 10am race on January 1st. Theres up to 20 kilometers of running fun for everyone! Races will start and finish near the Valley River Inn, which is adjacent to the Valley River Mall (look for the McGrath's Fish House), and follow the bike paths along the Willamette. Runners who frequent Eugene may recognize some of these trails from the Eugene Marathon, Run to Stay Warm, and a handful of other events. 

The 5K is an out and back that crosses over the Greenway Bridge into Skinner Butte Park. The 10k is new this year and will not be crossing the Willamette. It will have a couple out and backs on the Delta and Owosso Bike Bridges. Last year’s event saw about 550 total runners, so it will definitely be a fun and active atmosphere out there!

Awards will take place afterwards, and you have extra opportunities to win if you participate in both, as times from each event will be combined for a total placing. You can even shake it up with one 5k and one 10k if you wish. There will be a post-race party (it is New Year’s after all) at McGrath’s, which will include refreshments & special bar pricing.

If you are looking to stay the night, there is a guest room rate at the host hotel -Valley River Inn. CLICK HERE for the Level 32 Racing rate.

First Run (Eugene)
Days and Times:

  • New Year’s Eve Race: Saturday, December 31, 2016
    • Time: 11:59 pm
  • New Year’s Day Race: Sunday, January 1, 2017
    • Time: 10:00 am

Location: Valley River Inn, Eugene
Register: Online here; $20 for one race, $35 for both races; (add $12 for shirt)


About Matt Rasmussen (1599 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.
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