Race Preview: 2017 Couples Classic 5k

Looking for a “classic” road race in Eugene in the new year? Maybe even looking to run a race with your significant other? The Michael DeRobertis Memorial Couples Classic 5k, brought to you by River Road Park and Recreation District might be the perfect one for you. The “couples” part of the race title refers to the fact that you can run this as a team; you can also, of course, run it individually. For a team entry, the times will be added together to determine the winner. There is also a fitness walk if you would prefer this to a run. Whether you wish to run, walk, or crawl, this race has some great perks … and a great cause!

Besides the reward of running the race, you will also be eligible for all sorts of fun prizes from local merchants and post-race refreshments like Mo’s chowder and some baked good as well as some drinks. This race also provides you post-race access to a shower or hot tub if you bring your swimsuit and towel. I can’t think of many other races that offer that. Did I also mention that free childcare (courtesy of the River Road staff) is available? For many parents, that is worth the price of admission alone!

The cost of running this race is pretty affordable anyway, especially considering the benefits listed about. If you wish to purchase a race shirt prior to race day, the entry fee for the race is $25 and it’s only $15 if you opt out of the shirt. After Feb 9th, the cost will go up $5.

Now on to the cause: There will be a blood drive conducted by the Lane Blood Center after the race at the Emerald Park Community Center. Runners can pre-register to donate that day or make an appointment to donate at a later time.

So what’s the course like? It’s a fast and flat double loop which takes runners through the streets of Eugene around Emerald Park, with a start and finish at River Road Park and Recreation District office.

So if you are looking to do a race with your sweetheart right before Valentine’s Day, why not check out this race? You can drop your kids off beforehand, enjoy some food and the hot tub after, and it will be like the perfect date.


Michael DeRobertis Memorial Couples Classic 5k Run & Fitness Walk

When: Saturday February 11th, 9:30AM

Where: River Road Park & Recreation District Office, 1400 Lake Drive in Eugene

Register: Online here or in person at River Road Park through 2/8.

Registration Cost: $15 without shirt, $25 with shirt prior to race day. Add $5 after 2/9.

Packet Pick-up: Available race day at the River Road Park office from 8:15AM to 9:15AM.

About Author

I'm the owner of Healthy Girl Fitness and I'm a personal trainer, certified AFAA group exercise instructor, and an RRCA certified running coach in SW Portland. I am also the mother of two young boys and am on the board at my youngest son's school. I led a relatively inactive life throughout my 20's until I discovered the world of fitness and running. I ran my first marathon in 2006 and haven't looked back since.

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