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Races on our Radar #25

Here’s what Run Oregon has been keeping an eye on this week. Remember, if you know a really cool small race, an important registration deadline, or other fun running news, please send it our way so we can share it with our readers!

First, some races running this weekend that look fun and are for good causes:

  • Willamette Valley Road Runners (WVRR) is putting on their annual Summer Solstice run this Friday, June 23 at Minto Brown Park. The 10k starts at 7p and the 5k at 7:10p. Either race is only $16 if you sign up before online registration closes on June 21 (tomorrow) or $20 day of race.
  • The Taste of Parkrose 5k/10k looks like a cool race in an historic Portland neighborhood running this Saturday, June 24. The 10k is at 9:10a and the 5k at 9:15a. The 10k is $45 and the 5k is $35, registration comes with a lot of neat stuff: a tech shirt, finisher medal, admission to the Taste of Parkrose Street Fair including a free beer for those 21+ and some free food. The Fair will have additional food available for purchase, info on Parkrose neighborhood non-profits, a play area for the kiddos, and live music.
  • Also on Saturday, June 24 is the Battle for the Bridge 5k/10k at Mary S. Young Park in West Linn. The race is a fund raiser for Cystic Fybrosis research and is a special challenge between the alumni of West Linn HS and Oregon City HS. Registration is $30 for the 5k and $45 for the 10k, the course is a loop course entirely within the Park.
  • The LungLove Run/Walk, also on Saturday, June 24, is an untimed fun run, but for a cause near and dear to some of Run Oregon’s bloggers: fighting lung cancer. The event starts at 9a at Laurelhurst Park and registration is $30.

And a few price increases coming up that you should be aware of:

  • The Outdoor Sunday Evenings 5k – a very cool, very hilly 5k in Beaverton on July 9 that is only $5 – has a price increase coming up after June 25. After that date the price is $10. Honestly that’s still an amazing price, so what I really want to do is encourage you to run, walk, or volunteer at this great race that includes BBQ dinner in the registration price. Of $5, in case you missed that fact.
  • The Country Girl Half Marathon has a price bump June 20 – that’s today – so sign up today to save some cash. The race is September 23 in Northeast Portland. Sign up today for the half for $69, the 10k for $59, or the 5k for $39. On Wednesday all the prices go up $10.
  • The Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon will have a price bump on June 30, so sign up before then for $110. Yes, that’s a pretty high registration price for a half, but the organizers do an amazing job and each registration includes a really nice tech shirt and what’s traditionally a gorgeous medal, but you also get entrance to the Wine & Music Festival at the finish area and a logo wine glass. Plus, $10 from each entry goes to nonprofits Every Mother Counts and the local Yamhill Carlton Together Cares. The race is on September 3 in Carlton.
  • Another half marathon with a price increase on June 30 is the Boring Marathon, Half-Boring Half Marathon, and Constantly Boring 8k. The current prices are $70, $55, and $40, respectively. All proceeds go to the Sam Barlow High School Track and Cross Country Teams and the West Orient Middle School Track Team; that means whatever is left after paying for permits, course food/drink, porta-potties, medals, etc. will go to youth runners. That’s how a nonprofit race works.

That’s all for this installment.

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About Kelly Barten (771 Articles)
I started the Run Oregon blog in February 2007, because I felt like running in Oregon and SW Washington deserved more positive coverage. I also wanted to level the playing field so that small, non-profit races could compete with big events; and to support LOCAL race organizers. I'm a Creighton Bluejay (undergrad) and an Oregon Duck (Sports Marketing MBA), and I live in Tigard with my husband and two kids. My "real job" is working for an incredibly awesome math textbook company doing marketing and production.

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