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Salem Area Small Race Previews: 2018 Hoffman Memorial Run for Leukemia 1.6k/5k (Salem) & Diabuddies Dash 5k/10k (Keizer)

The Tracy Hoffman Memorial Run for Leukemia will be on April 28th this year in Salem. You’ll have the option of running the 1 Mile Fun Run, (a recreational run/walk,) the 1 Mile Dash (which is a competitive run,) or the 5k Run/Walk. This will be a very family-friendly event to honor Tracy Hoffman, a member of Willamette University’s Kappa Sigma Fraternity who was cured of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma only to be diagnosed with leukemia which ultimately took his life.

Parking will be available at Bush’s Pasture Park (located on the Mission St side of the park across from the Salem General Hospital.)

This race is free to enter, though donations are encouraged, as all the proceeds from this fundraiser event will go to the Oregon chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. This organization is focused on finding cures and supporting the families of those affected by blood cancers. The goal is to raise $25,000 so come on out and buy a te-shirt while you are at it!

The race will be a blast, with music and food to follow. The entertainment schedule will be announced soon, so feel free to check out the Facebook page. Come do this one with friends, family, and co-workers. The more the merrier and you can create a team for a discount!


What: 2018 Tracy Hoffman Memorial Run for Luekemia 1.6k/5k

When: April 28th, 2018. 1 Mile Run starts at 11:00AM and 5k starts at 12:00PM

Where: Bush Park (890 Mission St SE, Salem)

Register: Here

Registration Cost: Free, but please consider donating or buying a shirt

Another fun run on April 28th to consider is the 2018 Diabuddies Dash in Keizer, OR. The proceeds from this fundraiser run will help support the Chris Dudley Basketball Camp. This race will also be a very family-friendly run where you can create your own team of walkers/runners. Groups of 10 or more will receive  a group discount! Running posters and media packets will be available for you to share in your community to help build your team.

You have the option of doing the 5k or the 10k race, and all races must be complete by 11:00AM. If you can’t make it out to Keizer on race day, you could do the Virtual Diabuddies Dash any time between April 15th and May 15th.  Read more about that here.

The roads on the route will not be closed to traffic on race day, so please be mindful of traffic laws and stay on sidewalks and allotted space for the run. No dogs will be allowed on the course, and headphone use will be limited to one ear for everyone’s safety. Strollers are allowed at your own risk!

All participants will get a Diabuddies Dash t-shirt as well as a swag bag with their entry. Register before the prices increase on 3/1/18!


What: 2018 Diabuddies Dash 5k/10k

When: April 28th, 2018 at 8:30AM

Where: Keizer Rapids Park (1900 Chemawa Road N) Keizer

Register: Here

Registration Cost: $40 for adults and $30 for youth 12 & under for 5k Individual Run/Walk. $35 Per Person for 5k Group Registration. $45 for adults and $30 for youth for the 10k Run. $40 per person for group registration for 10k. $25 for the Virtual option. Price to increase on 3/1/18

About Nikki Mueller (527 Articles)
I'm the owner of Healthy Girl Fitness and I'm a personal trainer, certified AFAA group exercise instructor, and an RRCA certified running coach in SW Portland. I am also the mother of two young boys and am on the board at my youngest son's school. I led a relatively inactive life throughout my 20's until I discovered the world of fitness and running. I ran my first marathon in 2006 and haven't looked back since.

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