Race preview: 2017 Wheatfield Half Marathon, 8k and 3k in The Dalles

One of the lowest-cost spring half marathons in the Pacific NW is the Wheatfield Half Marathon, scheduled for March 25 in The Dalles. This event also offers an 8k and a 3k. All proceeds from the event support The Dalles High School’s Cross Country team.

The courses are all out-and-backs, with a slight hill around the 4k-mark that turns into a lovely downhill on the way to the finish. There are two aid stations on course. Even though this is a low-key race, there are often a number of competitive runners, and wonderful local support from volunteers. You can also expect to see a few cows along the route.

Registration prices go up on March 16, but if you sign up before then, it’s only $25 without the race shirt. The shirts are long-sleeve cotton shirts with unique designs created by local artist and photographer Scott McMullen. I’ve got a few of his shirts and they are always really nice.

To get a PDF of the entry form, email Coach Bob Thouvenel (see below) and mail your entry in with a check made out to Friends of Cross Country, or print out the image of the registration form below. Be sure to send your registration in ASAP so the volunteers can prepare all pre-registration bibs ahead of time.

If you do wait, you can sign up day of race from 8a to 8:45a for $30 ($45 with the shirt, based on availability).

All finishers in the half marathon will receive a Wheatfield medal too!

Here are the vitals:

When: Saturday, March 25, 2017

What time: The race starts at 9a

Where: Petersburg School, located at 3855 Fifteenmile Road in The Dalles

Register: By March 15 for $25 without the race shirt or for $40 with the race shirt. See photo for a registration form or email

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