It’s been a few years since I have run the Cascade Half Marathon, but I’m wondering if it isn’t about time that I gave it another go. This event, held in fields surrounding the small (yet growing) town of Turner (just SE of Salem), is known for its flat course, country landscapes, and unknown weather. When I participated a few years ago, there was a low fog that stuck around all day, giving the race an eerie feeling as you could only see a few dozen meters ahead of you at any time. The following year, there was a huge snowstorm – which would have been awesome. Brian reviewed the 2017 event and it was marked by clear skies and chilly temperatures. He also had this to say:
The course is literally flat as a pancake, with stunning views of the countryside in every direction. There was a water station at about the 2 mile mark, which I did not need, and flaggers at every turnaround point…After a relaxing cool down and a much-needed stretch, we were directed to the cafeteria where they were serving soup, rolls, and cookies…I have done this run several times since high school, usually competing in the half. I missed it. The area is amazing and it has the small town feel while with Eclectic Edge Racing doing the timing, you have the competitive aspect covered. It usually attracts some speedsters, which is a draw for me, and the fact that we have access to warm building before and after the event is a huge bonus.
This race takes place the second or third weekend in January – with this year’s event coming on January 14th. It’s inexpensive for a half – even more so if you register before Christmas Day. The course itself is a long out-and-back, and has a long stretches of straight combined with a variety of turns. The course is not closed to traffic, but at that hour of the morning on cold winter mornings, a don’t recall more than a handful of cars over 13 miles. There is an early start if you need some additional time, and if you are still concerned about your ability to put in a half after the holiday season, there is a 10k (on the same course) and 2 mile option.
After putting in miles on cold January mornings, stick around for a fantastic post-race spread in the school’s lunch room. There will be soup, rolls, coffee, and cookies to accompany the awards and raffle ceremony. If you are coming in from out-of-town and plan to stay in town (perhaps touring some local breweries?), showers are available so you don’t have to be gross the rest of the day.
Along with entry, all half and 10k runners will get a long-sleeve 50/50 blend shirt – which have always been pretty awesome. Money also goes to support Cascade High School running programs, so you know that your race fee will stay local and directly benefit the community.
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Cascade Half Marathon details:
When: Sunday, January 14th, 2018 – 9a (8a early start)
Where: Cascade Jr. High School – Turner, OR (map)
What: Half marathon, 10k, 2mile
Registration: Online here (NO DOR registration)
Registration cost: Half & 10k – $45 ($60 after 12/24); 10k – $35 ($60 after 12/25); 2M – $10
- Register in-person at Gallagher Fitness Resources in Salem