Race Preview: Growl to Garden Road Mile (Eugene)

The inaugural Growl to Garden Road Mile starts near Tap & Growler and finishes near Beer Garden in Eugene.

Two words: Road mile! Got your attention, didn’t I? If you’ve been a regular Run Oregon reader, you probably know that I love road miles. You just take off at the sound of the starting gun, give it all you’ve got for 5,280 feet, and before you know it it’s over and you’ve had a blast racing your friends through the streets with no need for aid stations or mile markers.

The newest road mile is coming up on Saturday, August 19th in Eugene. The inaugural Growl to Garden Road Mile is a point-to-point race through downtown Eugene on Pearl Street and 5th Avenue, from the Tap & Growler to Beer Garden, promising only one turn on the mostly straight course. Not only does the course sound fast, but there are multiple heats to enhance competition and reduce crowding, including community, open, and age group miles, a kids race, an industry mile, high school boys and girls heats, and races for elite men and women.

A post-race celebration at Beer Garden will feature a large selection of local beers, wines, and ciders, as well as the presentation of the awards for each heat.

A fast point-to-point course, individual heats, and best of all, a 1-mile race on the roads in Tracktown USA. Sounds like a good time to me!

What: The inaugural Growl to Garden Road Mile

When: Saturday, August 19th

Where: Eugene (Pearl St., between 3rd and 4th Ave.)

What time: 3:00p

Register: $25 for adults and $15 for high school and younger through August 17th. Elite runners and high school athletes should contact the race director at for more information. You can register online HERE. Packet pickup will be held at Tap and Growler (207 E 5th Ave, Eugene) on August 18th from 1p – 7p and from 12p – 2p on race day.

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