Race Preview: 2017 Scandia Run (Junction City) – Only $20 and FAST!

43 years.

It’s not too often that us runners get to experience events with that kind of history. But the 2017 Scandia Run is one of those races – with 4 decades worth of experience, expertise, flair, and even speed. The 10k and 5k races are knowsn as some of the fastest courses in the Willamette Valley, and would be a perfect opportunity to attempt a PR on a USATF certified course. Speaking of USATF, the Scandia Run 10k has been selected as the 10k championship race for the 2017 Oregon USATF Road Race Series!

The 10k is described as:

[S]tarts at 6th & Deal, and proceeds out Dane Lane, around beautiful farm country, and back to Lyle Day Park. There is a water aid station passed by the course 3 times (roughly miles 1.5, 3, & 4.5).

The 5k is described as:

[A]  great race for runners & walkers of all abilities. It follows the 10k route out to just past the aid station and then returns to Lyle Day Park

There 450+ people in attendance in 2016, and though there will be fast racers out there, wheelchairs are permitted, as are strollers (please be courteous).

If you want to try something new with friends, you can form a team at no extra cost. This will be scored by the top 5 finishers per team having their times combined will have times combined for a team score. There is no maximum team size (though only top 5 will be scored), and the top three teams in each division (open and business) will receive prizes!

There will be post-race refreshments provided by Dari Mart. Race fees will help build a new track facility for Junction City High School Cross Country and Track & Field and also applies help grow the Scandia Run Scholarship program.

Follow the race on Facebook (event here) and Instagram.


Scandia Run (Junction City)
When: August 12, 2017 at 8am
Where: Day Memorial Park (5th and Deal)
Register: Online here; $20 (add tech shirt for $10)

About Author

Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching hockey, going to as many breweries (618) and wineries (152) as he can, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.

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