Southern Oregon Race Previews: 2017 Pear Blossom Run (Medford) and Forest Park Run (Jacksonville)

Southern Oregon really is an untapped location for unique and local races. Consider heading down I5 next month to explore some new routes and events!

The Pear Blossom Run features two different distances – 5k and a 10-miler. The 10-miler will head west out of town and head straight an an arrow for 3.5 miles, before one 90 degree turn back to the turn-around. On a clear day, views of Mt. McLouglin should be able to be seen. Save some energy for about mile 4 for a bit of a climb as well. There will be H2O stations every 2.5 miles or so. The 5k is an interesting snaking out-and back, complete with 4 solid straightaways on two streets.

Both distances will be chip timed and feature a USATF certification. There were almost 1500 participants from 6 states in the 2016 event, so it is sure to be competitive and a good time!

Pear Blossom Run
When: Saturday, April 8, 2017 (5k at 7a; 10-miler at 820a)
Where: Rogue Valley Family YMCA (522 West Sixth Street Medford, OR 97501)
Register: Online here;

$26 through April 2
$36 after April 2

$20 through April 2
$30 after April 2

$15 for Pear Run dry-fit long sleeve shirt
$10 for Mayor’s Cup Fun Run t-shirt

The No Foolin’ Forest Park 10k and 5k is coming to Jacksonville (just west of Medford) on April 1st (no jokes)! The races will occure within Jacksonville’s Forest Park – a location I am guessing the vast majority of us have never even heard of. The races are looped on 90% single track trails and only about 10% gravel, including an 800 foot climb. The 10k completes a second loop, as well as a 10K uses the 5k course but adds a 3rd climb on trail before descending to the finish.

Before and after the race, there will be refreshments & hot chocolate available.

Race proceeds benefit Forest Park, as well as Madrone Trail Public Charter school.

No Foolin’ Forest Park 10k and 5k
When: Saturday, April 1, 2017 (930a)
Where: Jacksonville Forest Park
Register: Online here; $25

About Author

Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching hockey, going to as many breweries (618) and wineries (152) as he can, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.

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