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Race Preview: 2017 Zena Road Runs

Zena Road Runs is an affordable, no-frills race that will challenge runners at any distance. This long running event is definitely one to add to your bucket list if you enjoy challenges. Choose from the 3 mile, 6 mile, or 15K for a hilly race on the country roads outside of the city of Salem.

A few years back, I convinced some of my running friends to join me in running this race for my first time. Most of us chose the 10K distance, but several opted for the 15K. I expected hills, but perhaps I did not fully inform everyone about the challenge. We lined up at the start prepared for the rolling hills ahead of us. That’s when the announcer informed the 15K runners that they should turn around and face the opposite direction to start their run. That meant the 15K runners started with a killer uphill climb that looked quite daunting. Those of us running the 10K were quite happy to avoid that start, while one of my friends – who chose the 15K is still mad at me about that one. How was I to know? Well, if you convince your friends to join you, you can give them a heads up about the killer 15K course and avoid the years of resentment I’ve had to endure. 🙂 Despite the hills, I enjoyed this rural race and would recommend you give this one a try if you haven’t yet.

This 49th Annual race is held at the Spring Valley Community Center. Parking here is very limited, so be sure to carpool! Proceeds from the Zena Road Runs benefit the Willamette Valley Road Runners and the Kelsey Oldham Scholarship Fund.

After the race enjoy hot chocolate, Governer’s Cup Coffee, Dave’s Killer Bread, and organic food from LifeSource Natural Foods and Betty Lou’s organic gluten-free snacks. Age group and overall awards will be given out and Gallagher Fitness Resources will be giving away various items.

Zena Road Runs Details

Date: Sunday, February 5

Time: 11:00 A.M.

Location: Spring Valley Community Center, 7335 Spring Valley Road NW, Salem

Entry Fee: $20 thru Jan. 5, $25 Jan. 6 – Feb. 2, $30 Day of Race
Long Sleeve Tech Shirt – $22 (must register by Jan. 20)

Race Website: Click Here

About Annette Vaughan (484 Articles)
Annette Vaughan is a runner and personal trainer in Canby, Oregon. She began running at the age of 30 and became hooked after her first race (even though she is a self-proclaimed slow runner.) She enjoys small local races from 5Ks to half-marathons, with a 30K on the books as her longest run ever. She has also become a huge fan of obstacle course races and just can't get enough of them. Annette is a certified personal trainer, who believes in promoting movement since our bodies were designed to move. The more we move, the better we move and function in everyday life.

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