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Race Preview: 2017 Owyhee Off-Road Challenge (Adrian)

Run Oregon loves running, only second to helping a great cause, especially fostering a passion for running. The folks in Adrian, Oregon need your help improving the track facilities of the Adrian School District. The district does not have a track for the students to practice on, but rather an oblong blob that is neither standard shape or length and is made of dirt. While a new, rubberized track would be ideal, financially that is beyond the reach of this small district. Funds from the Owyhee Off-Road Challenge will help install a rubberized straight-away for the runners to be able to practice starts, hand-offs and hurdles.

Come run in the beautiful Owhyee (old English spelling of Hawaii; click here for more etymology on the word click here) mountains that overlook the Snake River. Located an hour from Boise, this scenic trail race is open to runners and walkers. Don’t have spring break plans yet?! No problem! Plan on spending a weekend in beautiful Eastern Oregon/Western Idaho where the weather is typically in the mid-50’s to low 60’s in mid-March and participating in either the 5K, 10K, or half-marathon.

Runners along the Owyhee trail

All three events start and finish at Three Rivers Community Park with the 5K being an out and back course and the 10K and half-marathon running on loop courses. All three races head south of town and then west up into the hills. The 10K is a loop course with a total elevation gain of 846 feet. This course also includes spectacular views of the surrounding valleys.  The 5K is an out and back course that is mostly flat with an elevation gain of just 300 feet. This chip timed event is USATF certified and part of the Oregon Half and Full Marathon Series.

What: Owyhee Off-Road Challenge

When: Saturday, March 25th at 12:00 pm Mountain Standard Time

Where: 106 Owyhee St. Adrian, Or 97901

Registration: Online. There is a discount for a team of 7 until March 12. Cost for the 5K is $30 and starts at 12:45 pm. Cost for the 10K is $40 and starts at 12:30 pm and the half-marathon starts at noon and costs $50.

Swag: Finisher’s medals for all and top 3 Men’s and Women’s Finishers Overall for Half Marathon, 10K & 5K. Post-race snacks are included. Long-sleeve tech t-shirt will be given to participants.

Race Day Info: If you plan on running the half, be aware that there is a time limit of 4 hours. Parking is at the high school where bathrooms are available pre and post race. There will be bathrooms on the course routes as well as aid stations with gels, fruit and water. NO dogs or strollers/baby carriers due to uneven terrain.

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About Abby Meek (77 Articles)
Abby was raised in Tigard, Oregon and moved to Denver, Colorado in 2007. While in Colorado she ran her first 5K, which led to a 10K, which led to a half-marathon. Abby moved back to her native Oregon in mid- 2015 and has since completed more 5K's, 10K's and more half-marathons. Abby's favorite distances are the 10K and the half marathon.

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