Races on our Radar #52 – Final Edition for 2017

Happy holidays to all of our readers! Thank you for continuing to check out our posts and following us on social media.

Here’s what Run Oregon has been keeping an eye on this week. Remember, if you know a really cool small race, an important registration deadline, or other fun running news, please send it our way so we can share it with our readers!

  • It’s the final weekend of the year and so there isn’t too much happening in the next few weeks. There are, however, some great New Year’s options despite the cancellation of the First Run in downtown Portland. There are races or group runs in Eugene, Bend, Salem, Medford, and Corvallis, and across the Columbia in Vancouver.
    • The Hangover Run in Salem is only $15 for a 3k or $10 for the beer mile, but is limited to 100 participants.
    • Eugene’s First Run 5k/10k (there’s one at midnight and one in the morning) is only $25, and both start at Valley River Center.
    • The Deschutes River Half in Maupin (there’s also a 2.018k walk/run) is $60 (or $20.18) in the morning on Jan. 1.
    • CORK is hosting their free annual New Year’s Day Group Run in Bend at 10a through the Old Mill District in Bend.
    • In Corvallis, HOTV Runners are hosting their free New Year’s Day run, the Resolution Run 5k/2k, at 10a.
    • Another midnight run (well, starting 11:45, actually) is in Vancouver. This free group run will start at Esther Short Park.
  • The Red Lizards’ annual Purge and Splurge is happening as usual on New Year’s Eve, early in the morning. This trail run offers distances from 11 miles up to the Wildwood End to End (WE2E), but you’ll want to check out their message board to get the details because there is a fair amount of logistics involved. This is NOT a supported group run, but it’s a friendly group so check it out if you’d rather log your miles on the trail next Sunday.
  • This is a great time of year to check out a new group run, too.
    • CORK is hosting their next winter Hot Chocolate Run in Bend on January 14. The next one is on February 11. These are laid-back group runs and they’d love to meet some new runners!
    • The Red Lizards offer group runs on many nights of the week, too. Most of their runs are in close-in Portland and include a lot of variety from track workouts on Tuesdays to hill workouts on Thursdays.
    • NoPo Run Club is a nice group of friendly runners who meet at Stormbreaker in NE Portland on Wednesdays at 6:30p for a 3-6ish mile run. Learn more about them in our interview with the founders here, and then check out their MeetUp page here.
    • There are many other group runs offered, you just need to take a look. A good place to start is by checking out the websites of the running stores closest to your house. If you’re not sure if it’s for you, give them a call and ask them what it’s like, if there are people at your pace, and any other questions you have.
  • Medford’s Frostbite Run on January 6th offers at 10k/5k for just $20 (only $15 for SOR members). That’s a great price for a race that gives finisher medals out at the end!
  • Another early-January race is ORRC’s Y2K on January 6, including a half marathon and a 10k. It’s the first race in the clubs’ two race series: they have a half marathon series and a 10k series. The 10k is $45 and the half is $65, but there’s no price increase until January 4.

That’s all for this installment. We’ll be back in the New Year!


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We started the Run Oregon blog in February 2007, because felt like running in Oregon and SW Washington deserved more positive coverage. We also wanted to level the playing field so that small, non-profit races could compete with big events; and to support local race organizers.

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