Race Preview: 2017 Goat Mountain Gallop Half Marathon (Molalla)

Have you run one of Oregon’s oldest half marathons? The Goat Mountain Gallop Half Marathon on April 15th is turning 34 this year, so why don’t you come out and celebrate the best way us runners know how? This race is organized by and benefits the Molalla High School Track Team so this is a great way to “pay it forward” to the next generation of runners.

There are two pricing options depending on if you want a tech shirt or not, and the race will be chip-timed by Uberthons. You’ll also get a finisher’s medal.

This Half Marathon has both walking and running divisions. It’s a point to point course that starts at Colton High School, so you’ll want to park at Molalla High School (free parking!) and take the shuttle to the start line. There will be a bag check at Colton High School and all belongings that are checked will be shuttled to the finish line. Packet pick up begins at 6:30AM and the walker half marathon begins at 8:00AM with the shuttle bus leaving for the start line at 7:15AM. The runner half marathon shuttle bus leaves at 8:15AM with that race beginning at 9:00AM. Don’t be late!!

The course is a challenging one which means, of course, hills. There is a one mile long hill dubbed the “Grimm Reaper,” though there is an overall elevation loss from Colton to the finish in Molalla. Check it out here. There will certainly be pretty things to look at, as the course crosses the Molalla River and takes you on some rural country roads, with some views of forest and farmland. When you reach the Molalla High School track, you can celebrate your finish with a pancake breakfast. Coffee, water, and Gatorade will also be available and there is even a locker room with showers available if you want to get all cleaned up before getting back into your car to go home. Just don’t forget your towel and soap!

Stick around for the Finisher awards at 11:30AM which will be given to the top three men and women in both walking or running categories. The Half Marathon course closes at 12:30PM.

Come out off the beaten path and support the Molalla Track Team on April 15th!


What: Goat Mountain Gallop Half Marathon

When: April 15th, 2017 – 8:00AM for Walkers, 9:00AM for Runners

Where: Park at Molalla High School (357 Francis St, Molalla) and take the shuttle to the starting line at Colton High School.

Register: Here

Registration Cost: $45 w/ shirt (+$3.95 fee) and $35 w/out shirt (+$3.35 fee.) Registration at this price ends 4/13/17 at 12:00AM.

About Author

I'm the owner of Healthy Girl Fitness and I'm a personal trainer, certified AFAA group exercise instructor, and an RRCA certified running coach in SW Portland. I am also the mother of two young boys and am on the board at my youngest son's school. I led a relatively inactive life throughout my 20's until I discovered the world of fitness and running. I ran my first marathon in 2006 and haven't looked back since.

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