If there was one race in 2016 that I was bummed to miss out on, it was the inaugural Cottage Grove Half Marathon. This point-to point race is a one-way, gradual downhill shot that runs along the beautiful Row River Trail and hugs Dorena Lake as it crosses the green hills to finish in downtown Cottage Grove. I have put in a handful of miles on the Row River Trail (unknowingly at the time beginning my miles at the finish line and heading east) and was so bummed to have missed it last year. However, one of our former bloggers, Jessica, had this to say about the event:
Promptly at 9 a.m., we were off and running. The first (approximately) mile was on paved streets. Plenty of emergency vehicles and race vehicles were on the road keeping runners safe through this small stretch, until we reached the Row River Trail, where the remainder of the course traveled. Over the course of the 13.1 miles, we experienced a net loss of over 200 feet – this course really was flat and fast.
Aid stations were evenly spaced roughly every three miles, with a total of four stations available. The volunteers at the aid stations were incredibly nice, and well organized! In addition to water and electrolyte, three of the aid stations had a combination of fruit, gels and/or energy bars.
The entire course was stunning. Running along Dorena Lake was gorgeous, and seeing so many wild animals in their natural environment. One of the Ham Radio operators, who were scattered along the course at aid stations and on bicycles, told me he had just seen a pack of elk wandering on the course. At any interchange were we needed to briefly cross the road to continue the trail, certified flaggers were present. The amount of support on course keeping participants safe was impressive.
Nearing the finish line, you could hear the music and announcer bringing participants across the line. United Way staff was on site handing out gorgeous finisher medals to all participants. Post-race food was provided, and The Brewstation was on site providing post race beverages to those 21+.
I enjoyed everything about the inaugural Cottage Grove Half Marathon. This will definitely be an event you will want to consider adding to your 2017 race calendar.
Though the race is in its second year, you needn’t worry that this is a novice event. You will probably recognize the Race Director, who puts on a handful of fantastic races via Oregon Trail Runs each year. Packet pick-up is at Run Hub NW (2-7pm) on Thursday, March 9th and at Village Green Resort (2-6pm)on Friday, March 10th. Follow them on Facebook here.
Stick around afterwards, as there will be a handful of vendors in Trailhead Park, including beer by Coldfire Brewery (out of Eugene) and the Brewstation Pub and Taphouse (Cottage Grove). Space is filling up quickly, so get on your registrations!
We currently have a giveaway on our Instagram page. Getting yourself entered is easy:
Winners will be selected this weekend, so head over there now!
Cottage Grove Half Marathon
When: Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 9a (Shuttles start loading at 740a and leave at 8a)
Where: Bohemia Park (finish)
Register: Online here; $65 through 2/18 and $70 through 3/9 (includes medal and shirt)