Race Preview: 2018 Cottage Grove Half Marathon and 10K

The 3rd annual Cottage Grove Half Marathon will be held on Saturday, April 7, 2018 and I must say – I am very much looking forward to running it this year! It is a point-to point race that has a net elevation loss (of ~200 ft). The course runs along the beautiful Row River Trail, hugs Dorena Lake, cuts through the country side, and finishes in downtown Cottage Grove. There will be 4 aid stations (miles 2, 4.4, 6.9 and 9.8) and will feature Tailwind Nutrition, fruit, etc.


New for 2018 is the addition of a 10k as well. It is an out and back, also along the Row River Trail with a net loss, and will have 1 aid station at the turnaround (mile 3.1).

You can read our race recap from 2017 here. A fast and scenic race is on the docket, with great post-race amenities, including Oakshire Brewing! What else would we expect from our friends at Oregon Trail Runs? Race director Mike (you may know him from Spring Fling, Mary’s Peak, Hell of the Northwest, etc.) puts on great events and Cottage Grove is no exception.

We hope to see you there!



Date: Saturday, April 7, 2018
Half marathon: 9:30 AM start (catch the shuttle bus at 8:35 AM and every 5 mins after that) | 10k: 9:00 AM start
Where: Half marathon: Dorena School | Dorena, OR (this is the start line – please park at the finish line, Bohemia Park, and catch a shuttle!) | 10K: Start/finish at Trailhead Park in Cottage Grove.
Half marathon: $70 for adults through April 6th ($75 April 6-8) | 10K: $40
Online here!
Packet Pickup: Thursday, April 5th at Eugene’s RunHub NW; Friday, April 6th at Cottage Grove Village Green Resort; or race day from 7-8:15 AM at the finish line at Bohemia Park

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

A portion of the race proceeds will be donated to support the ‘”Be Your Best” program in Cottage Grove, which is a coalition that uses a collective impact approach to improve family and community health. Be Your Best engages marginalized and disenfranchised communities to inform and guide their efforts. To learn more about the Be Your Best program in Cottage Grove, look here.

(*Photo courtesy of Audra Terry Photography, 2017)

About Author

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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