Race Preview: 2017 Willamette Mission Trail Challenge (Salem)


Trail running fans, Run Wild’s Willamette Mission Trail Challenge is just around the corner. This April 29th race includes both a 5K and a 10K option with the promise of muddy trails and scenic views.

Held at Willamette Mission State Park just north of Salem, this annual trail run is the last of Run Wild Adventure‘s trail races until fall. The courses are mostly flat and on both single and double track trails. The park is set along the Willamette River, so you are sure to have some amazing views as you meander through the park on the 5K or 10K loop course.

Run Oregon’s Matt Rassmussen has run this race multiple times and had this to say about last year’s event:

RWA puts on such great events across the board, it’s sad that this race specifically is the one that sees the lowest numbers. I chalk it up to the fact that once April hits, people have any number of 20+ races each weekend to pick and choose from. It’s a shame to think that more people don’t come out and give this one a shot.

With that in mind, I would encourage you to gather your friends and enjoy a run out in nature – away from traffic, pavement, and the noise of the city. I certainly plan to do so. This event rates high with the Run Oregon bloggers who have participated and the scenery looks to be amazing.

The day-use and parking fee is included in your race entry, but carpooling is strongly encouraged. After the race, enjoy food, refreshments, and raffle prizes. Awards will be given out to the top 3 overall and age division winners for each distance.

I’m fresh off of Run Wild Adventure’s last trail race and itching to do another, so come join me on the trails in a few weeks!

Willamette Mission Trail Challenge Details

Date: Saturday, April 29

Location: Willamette Mission State Park, 10991 Wheatland Rd. NE, Salem

Time: 9:00 A.M.

Entry Fees: $25 – 10K
$20 – 5K
Day of Race $40 – 10k, $35 – 5k

Race Website: Click Here

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