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Race Preview: 2018 McKenzie River Half (Springfield)

The beautiful McKenzie River Half Marathon, hosted by Level 32 Racing, will be held on Sunday, March 25, 2018. Though not to be confused with the ever-popular trail runs along the McKenzie, this road half is an incredibly scenic point-to-point course that starts in Springfield and ends in Eugene.

Runners will wind through the Hayden Bridge neighborhood, Old Mohawk Road, McKenzie View Drive, and Armitage Park and be spoiled with views of the McKenzie River along the way. It’s also relatively flat, with less than 200 feet of climbing! Click here for a PDF of the course or here for a MapMyRun version. The half marathon cutoff is 3.5 hours and unfortunately due to some narrow shoulder running, no dogs are allowed.

Shuttles will be provided from Armitage Park to the start line in Springfield. There will be five aid stations along the course (at mile 3.8, 5.7, 8, 10 and 12) with water, GU Brew, and GU gels. All finishers will receive a finisher medal and the top 3 in each age division earn a Hop Valley/Level 32 Racing pint glass!


Date: Sunday, March 25, 2018
9:00 AM
Where: Emerald Dance Center, 2095 Yolanda Ave | Springfield, OR (this is the start line – please park at the finish line, Armitage Park, and catch a shuttle!)
$$65 for adults through March 23. Seniors (60+) and youth (17 & under) deduct $5.  Race day entry fees is $75. Tech shirts are available for an additional $14.
Online here, in-person at Eugene Running Company (116 Oakway Center) through Friday, March 23rd at 4pm, or at packet pickup at the Hilton Garden Inn (3528 Gateway St., Springfield) on Saturday, March 24, from 12pm to 4pm, or on race day from 7:00am to 8:30am at the starting line, or download a printable entry form here.

For more race details, visit the race website or their Facebook page!

About Bobi Jo (229 Articles)
Bobi Jo has lived all over the midwest but moved to Portland in 2007 and now calls it home. She started casually running in 2012 and trained up for the "Run Like A Mother" 5k as her first proper event. She got a taste of the runner's high and is now a veteran ultrarunner. While running is her favorite sport, she is a "Jill of all trades, master of none" - her other hobbies include rock climbing, hiking, skiing, mountain biking, snowshoeing, and traveling the world. On her elusive rest days, she is an avid bookworm and a Green Bay Packers fan.

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