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Race Preview: 2017 Butte Challenge (Hermiston)

There’s a special place in my heart for all things Eastern Oregon, as I grew up there. Whenever I see a race in one of the towns near where I grew up, I get all nostalgic and wish I could get over that way again. So, when I saw the Butte Challenge in Hermiston, I was hit with memories of small town Oregon coming together on a sunny spring day for a great cause – which is exactly what the Butte Challenge is.

The Butte Challenge is a well-established walk/run, now in its 17th year. This event is the #1 fundraiser for the Hermiston Cross Country program (from middle school to high school.) All profits from this growing race go towards youth running in this community.

Choose from the 5K run, 5K walk or 10K run, which are all chip-timed. There is also a kids run and clinic, and all kids who participate will receive a free pass to Inflatable Fun Gym. All races start at Hermiston Butte Park. Awards and drawings will be held after the races.

2017 Butte Challenge Route. 5K – 1 loop, 10K – 2 loops.

Technical tees are available for purchase if you register for the Butte Challenge by April 22nd. If you are in Eastern Oregon, make it a point to get out and support a local cross country team.

Butte Challenge Details

Date: Saturday, May 6

Times: 8:00 A.M. – Kids Run and Clinic
8:30 A.M. – 5K and 10K

Location: Hermiston Butte Park

Entry Fees: $20 – 5K or 10K
$75 – Family Package
$10 – Kids Run

Race Website: Click Here

About Annette Vaughan (364 Articles)
Annette Vaughan is a runner, personal trainer, and race director in Canby, Oregon. She began running at the age of 30 and became hooked after her first race (even though she is a self-proclaimed slow runner.) She enjoys small local races from 5Ks to half-marathons, with a 30K on the books as her longest run ever. She has also become a huge fan of obstacle course races and just can't get enough of them. Annette is the race director for Get A Clue Scavenger Race and owns a personal training studio in Canby. She believes in promoting movement, since our bodies were designed to move. The more we move, the better we move and function in everyday life.

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