Small Mid-Valley Race Previews: 2018 Strawberry Festival Run (Lebanon) & Santiam Hospital Fun Run (Stayton)


Do you like strawberry shortcake? How about a serving of the “World’s Largest Strawberry Shortcake?” Bring your family out to the Strawberry Festival to do so on June 2nd in Lebanon, OR and while you’re there, you can lace up those running shoes for the Strawberry 5k & 1 Mile Fun Run, which has proceeded the Grand Parade since 1986. Your entry fee will help fund a Junior High Cross-Country team in Lebanon.

Both distances for this event will tour the Grand Parade route just before the parade begins at 11:00AM. The route will be a flat and fast one and it’s a nationally certified course. There will be a great cheering squad of parade-goers to keep you motivated all along the way. The 1 Mile Fitness Walk or Kid’s Run will be a great option for those who don’t want to run or walk they 5k.

The course will begin in Historic Downtown Lebanon on Main Street near the American Legion, (corner of Main Street and Rose Street.) The course will travel South on Main before returning back. Registration and packet pick-up will also be here and it’s suggested that you plan to arrive early, as parking could be a bit chaotic with the parade occurring as well as the run/walk.

There will be prizes for top finishers as well as available to kids 12 and under who participate in the 1 Mile Fun Run. All kids who participate in either distance will receive finisher’s ribbons. There is a costume contest as well, and the theme this year is “Strawberry to the Rescue.”


What: 2018 Strawberry Festival 5k Run/Walk & 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk

When: Saturday, June 2nd, 2018. 1 Miler starts at 9:30AM, 5k starts at 10:00AM

Where: American Legion, (480 Main St, Lebanon, OR)

Register: Here. You can also register in person on race day at the Lebanon Chamber of Commerce from 7:30AM-9:00AM in the Amercian Legion parking lot or download the entry form and mail it to: Strawberry Run, Strawberry Festival, PO Box 273, Lebanon, OR 97355

Registration Cost: 5k is $15, 1 Mile Fun Run is $5. Price increases after May 22.

Also on June 2nd, the 29th Annual Santiam Hospital Fun Run will be happening in Stayton. This race has a 10k Run, a 5k Run or Walk, and a 3k Run option, so there are a few options for you and your family to consider. You can expect both hills and flat terrain.

The cost of this race is only $10 for any of the distances, and there is family pricing ($40 for a family of 4) that includes the cost of t-shirts.

This race will have a lot of fun stuff to keep the kids entertained, including face painting, a kid’s bouncy house, and a water misting station. There will also be music, food, and beverages, so it’s a great family-friendly event for all to enjoy.


What: 2018 Santiam Hospital Fun Run

When: Saturday, June 2nd, 2018 at 9:00AM

Where: Santiam Hospital (1401 N 10th Ave, Stayton, OR)

Register: Here

Registration Cost: $10 or $40 for a Family of 4 including t-shirts.

About Author

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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