Eastern Oregon Small Race Previews: 2017 Drug Free Run (La Grande) & Light It Up 5k (Ontario)


Join the community of La Grande on August 26th at the 20th Annual Drug Free Run which raises funds to support substance abuse prevention activities in Union County. Take your pick and run the 10k, the 5k, or the 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk. This event, sponsored by the Union County Safe Communities Coalition,  is a very family-friendly race that caters to all ages and fitness levels.

The run has a different start location this year than it has in the past. Please plan on coming to Mt Emily Recreation area where the race will begin and end at Owsley Canyon Trail Head. Check out the course map here.

The t-shirts for this race are included in the registration cost of for the 5k and 10k, and are produced locally. However, you must be registered by Monday August 14th to get yours, so register now.


What: Drug Free Run 5k/10k/1 Mile Run/Walk

When: August 26th, 2017. 8:30AM for 10k, 8:40AM for 5k, 8:45AM for 1 Mile

Where: Mt. Emily Recreation Area, Owsley Canyon Trail Head

Register: Here. Online registration ends at 8:00PM on August 25th.

Registration Cost: $25 for 5k and 10k ($10 for youth 12 & under.) T-shirt is included if registered before August 14th.  Cost of registration increases $5 on race day and t-shirt will not be included. $5 for 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk, no t-shirt included. Cost of registration increases $2 on race day.

Late Registration & Packet Pick-Up: 7:30AM to 8:30AM Day of Race. All participants are strongly encouraged to Pre-Register to avoid long registration lines on race day.


If you enjoy running in the dark, there’s a great night run also on  August 26th called the Light It Up 5k. All proceeds from this race benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Western Treasure Valley and it’s a fun glow-in-the-dark run through Ontario, OR. Racers wear light-up costumes of their own design along with volunteers and party goers along the sidelines to help lead the way.

The race takes place in the Treasure Valley and is the first of it’s kind. All fitness levels and ages are encouraged to give this race a try. Participants will receive a technical t-shirt with a neon logo and a “fun glow gift.”

The after-party is worth the journey, with a DJ, dancing, food, and drink to celebrate your victory at the finish line of this race. There will be awards, of course, including best costume, so all racers are encouraged to go BIG. Bring a blanket and some lawn chairs to kick back after the race is complete.

Register early as this race will fill quickly!!


What: Light It Up 5k

When: August 26th, 2017 9:30PM

Where: Ontario Trail Depot (300 Depot Lane, Ontario.) Park along Depot Lane

Register: Here.

Registration Cost: $35 for individuals, $32 for teams. Custom shirts are included but sizes and quantities are not guaranteed.

Late Registration & Packet Pick-Up: August 26, 6:00PM-9:00PM. Please come early!

About Author

I'm the owner of Healthy Girl Fitness and I'm a personal trainer, certified AFAA group exercise instructor, and an RRCA certified running coach in SW Portland. I am also the mother of two young boys and am on the board at my youngest son's school. I led a relatively inactive life throughout my 20's until I discovered the world of fitness and running. I ran my first marathon in 2006 and haven't looked back since.

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