Race Preview: 2017 Runtoberfest 5K (McMinnville)

If you’re looking to fit one more race in before the holiday season, this could be a good option for you! The 2017 Runtoberfest is sponsored by the McMinville Education Foundation, which was established in 1998 to provide support and enrichment learning experiences for the students of School District #40. According the the foundation Facebook page, their mission is ” to expand the range of educational opportunities available to students in the District and to encourage excellence, innovation, and creativity in our educational system.” What better way than with a fundraising race!

I ran in this event last year and had this to say:

The course was pretty simple, mixing in some residential neighborhoods and long, straight stretches of rural roads just outside of town. There was only one really small hill and the rest was straight as can be. I could see this being a PR course for those who are interested in that. With only 2 “major” street crossings, there was hardly any other traffic on the roads.

Following the race (which was won by Run Oregon and McMinnville’s own Brian Bernier), there were some simple refreshments, highlighted by local company Betty Lou’s. We stuck around to see all 93 runners finish on the track before calling it a day. And to be honest, there aren’t many cities greater to hang out in after a race than McMinnville. My daughter and I had cinnamon rolls at the Red Fox Bakery, walked the beautiful 3rd Avenue main drag, checked out the views of McMenamins Hotel Oregon Rooftop Bar, and had lunch at Grain Station Brew Works. There was not much more I could have asked for on an October race day!

Both the start and finish are at Wortman Stadium which is located on the McMinville High School campus.

Early registration entries must be received by September 29th. Day or race registration will be available from 730am-8:30am for $35 per person (or $15 per person for relays)

So if you’re wanting to squeeze that last race in before the holiday fun runs, as well as help out the local community school, register today for Runtoberfest before the price increase, and help shape young minds while you get your run on!

Price: $25

Distance: 5k

Date:  Saturday, Oct. 7th at 9am

Location: Wortman Stadium, McMinville High School 615 NE 15th St. McMinville, Or. 97128

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Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching the Olympics, sampling craft beers, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.

3 Comments on Race Preview: 2017 Runtoberfest 5K (McMinnville)

  1. I didn’t run this last year but ran it in 2015. Did they resolve the course issues last year? The volunteers were placed in the wrong spot as you cut back to the school and it made the course short.


    • Yes, the course issues were resolved. I am on the Runtoberfest planning committeeFidel, if you have questions, please message us on the McMinnville Education Foundation Facebook page. We hope to see you on Oct. 7th!

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