Small Race Preview: 2017 Salem Summer Solstice 5k & 10k

Jerry Seinfeld once joked “There’s no such thing as fun for the whole family!” but I maintain he never ran the Salem Summer Solstice 5/10k. This event is on a Friday night and has a post-race ice cream sundae bar, it’s a fast & flat course along the Willamette River, and is an incredibly reasonable price! Sounds like the ideal evening to me!

The Willamette Valley Road Runners are once again hosting this event at Minto Brown Park in Salem.  It’s only $12 (through June 4th) and is also chip-timed by Eclectic Edge Events! Walkers are welcome in the 5k and strollers are allowed in both events, but sorry, no rollerblades/skates, skateboards, or dogs.

This was one of our favorite summer races and Matt had this to say:

This is a Rasmussen family favorite race. The location is great as Minto Brown Park is home to miles and miles of great trails – and will only get bigger and more accessible as the finishing touches are put on the new pedestrian bridge. The cost is wonderful- $12! And most importantly, it comes complete with an ice cream social afterwards. Nothing screams summer like 6 miles on well-maintained paved trails, views of the Willamette River, and a sweet bowl of ice cream afterwards.

Check it out!

When: Friday, June 23, 2017
Time: 10k: 7:00 PM | 5k: 7:10 PM
Where: Minto Brown Park
Price: Register online here, in-person at Gallagher Fitness Resources, or download the mail-in registration form here

  • $12 ($8 WVRR members) until June 4th
  • $16 June 5-21 for all. Preregistration ends 6/21
  • $20 on race day

Proceeds benefit the McKay High School cross country team.


About Author

Bobi Jo has lived all over the midwest but moved to Portland in 2007 and now calls it home. She started casually running in 2012 and trained up for the "Run Like A Mother" 5k as her first proper event. She got a taste of the runner's high and is now a veteran ultrarunner. While running is her favorite sport, she is a "Jill of all trades, master of none" - her other hobbies include rock climbing, hiking, skiing, mountain biking, snowshoeing, and traveling the world. On her elusive rest days, she is an avid bookworm and a Green Bay Packers fan.

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