Do you like garlic? I like it a lot, especially when it’s been roasted. When I go to Mod Pizza, I load up on all kinds of vegetables and herbs, including the roasted garlic. Garlic makes just about all food taste better*, and it keeps vampires away. I suppose I also have some fond feelings about garlic because I used to drive through the town of Gilroy, CA, during its garlic festival on my way from Los Angeles to Berkeley.
* One kind of food that garlic does not make better, in my opinion, is the chocolate chip cookie. I had a grad school classmate who decided to bake chocolate chip and garlic cookies. Maybe she just used too much garlic…. It was … interesting.
I should have realized that Oregon, being an agricultural state, would have its own garlic festival. Now in its 20th year, the Annual Elephant Garlic Festival takes place August 11-13, 2017, in North Plains, just past Hillsboro. There will be live and recorded music, a parade, and a run/walk with distance options of 5K, 10K, or half marathon!
Put together by the fine folks at Oregon Road Runners Club, the Garlic Festival race takes place on August 12, starting at 7 a.m. (half marathon – course here), 8 a.m. (10K – course here), or 8:15 a.m. (5K – course here). Right now, the prices are $39 for the 5K, $45 for the 10K, and $65 for the half marathon. However, prices will increase at 11:59 pm on August 11.
ORRC Garlic Festival Race
When: August 12, 2017, at 7 a.m., 8 a.m., 8:15 a.m.
Where: Jessie Mays Community Center, 30975 NW Hillcrest Street, North Plains, Oregon
Register: Online here ($39 for 5K, $45 for 10K, $65 for half marathon) [ORRC members get a $10 discount]