If you’ve never made it out to Champoeg Park to run, I suggest signing up for the ORRC Champoeg 30K, Half Marathon, and 10K. This event is run on the bike paths and roadways of Champoeg Park and meanders throughout the park on mostly pavement, but you’ll also encounter some gravel. You’ll run through fields, forested areas, and wetlands as you run a 10K loop one time or three times if you run the 30K. The trails are mostly flat with some rollers. The half marathon distance is new this year and the course is still being determined for that distance. There is also a Kids 1/4 mile Run as part of this event.
This race is part of the ORRC 10K series, but you do not have to be registered for the series to register for this event.
I’ve run this race multiple times and enjoy the scenery and peacefulness of Champoeg Park. I also like the loop course, as you get to see other runners coming and going along the way – especially if you are running the 30K. If the weather is sketchy, there is a covered picnic area to stay out of the elements before and after the race. There are also real flush toilets – always a bonus!
I am bummed that I won’t be able to participate this year, but this is one race that is always on my list every year. In my experience it always has the following: a great course, awesome location, lots of post-race food, good swag, and wonderful scenery!
Champoeg 30K, Half Marathon, and 10K Details
Date: Saturday, March 4
Times: 8:00 A.M. – 30K and Half Marathon
8:30 A.M. – 10K Walk
9:30 A.M. – Kids Run
10:30 – 10K Run
Location: Champoeg State Park, St. Paul
Entry Fees: $45 – 10K
$55 – Half Marathon
$65 – 30K
ORRC Members – subtract $10 from prices
Kids Run is Free
Race Website: Click Here