Eastern Oregon Race Previews: Hoofin’ It to Beef Fit (Baker City) and Catherine Creek Classic (Union)

If you are in Eastern Oregon on August 5th, you have two great races to choose from. Hoofin’ it to Beef Fit in Baker City or Catherine Creek Classic in Union. Both events are uniquely Eastern Oregon.

Hoofin’ it to Beef Fit is hosted by the Oregon Cattlewomen. This 5K or 10K helps raise money to purchase a steer that is auctioned off at the East/West Shriners Football Game every year. The money raised at the auction benefits Shriners Hospital for Children. Both distances promise to be flat and run along the Leo Alder Memorial Parkway and beside the Powder River ending at Geiser-Pollman Park in Baker City. While both races start at 8:00 A.M. and end in the same location, they do not have the same start location. The 5K starts at Thomas Angus Ranch (42598 N. Cedar Street), while the newly added 10K starts at the Mackenzie Ranch (19265 Chandler Lane.)

Entry fees are $25 for the 5K and $35 for the 10K. Parking is at the finish, and shuttle buses will take runners and walkers to the start lines between 7:00-7:30 A.M. An awards ceremony will be held after the race with prizes for 1st – 3rd place and door prizes. Stick around afterwards for the well-known steak breakfast and Gridiron Tailgate Event hosted by the Baker County Cattlewomen.

The Catherine Creek Classic has a half marathon, 5K, and 1 mile to choose from. This event boasts scenic views and top-notch support along the course. This affordable race is just $15 (through August 4th.) The half marathon is limited to just 60 participants and the 5K is capped at 100, so be sure to register in advance. Water stations are available every 3 miles along the course.

Parking will be at Union High School with shuttles taking participants to the various start lines. There are no restrooms at any of the start locations, so be sure to take advantage of the restrooms in advance or at Catherine Creek State Park on the way up to the half marathon start. The half marathon starts at 7:30 A.M., and the 5K and 1 mile will both start at 8:30 A.M.

Post-race there will be an awards ceremony and prize drawing at Union High School. Awards will be given to overall winners and medals and ribbons will go to the top 3 finishers in each age group.

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