Throughout the year, most races are scheduled to happen on a Saturday or Sunday (for obvious reasons), so on a mid-week holiday it is a nice option to have an event on a non-weekend day. This year, the 4th of July falls on a Wednesday, there are many morning races to choose from. If you’re looking for a scenic, tree-lined, rolling course in a local state park, then Run With Paula’s Independence Day races at Champoeg State Park just 25 miles south of Portland may be the thing for you.
The race offers a 5k, 10k, and a half marathon, which all start and end at the Riverside Pavillion at the west end of Champoeg Park. The 5k and 10k are out-and-back courses on paved walking/biking trails within the park. The half marathon is a double loop (plus a little more) of the 10k. Due to the nature of the trail, for the safety of all participants, no strollers or pets are allowed on the course.
The start/finish are of the race has plenty of parking, a few flush toilets (in addition to the porta potties which the race will bring in), and a shaded area to hang out before and after the run. The parking/day-use fee is $5 per car, unless you have an all-year Oregon State Parks access pass. After the race, there will be burgers and beer served by Rogue, as well as awards and raffle prizes.
Independence Day races details:
When: Wednesday, July 4, 2018; 8am
Where: Champoeg State Park, Saint Paul (Map) – $5 parking fee
What: Half marathon, 5k, 10k
Registration: Online here
Registration cost: Half – $69; 10k – $49; 5k – $39
Registration includes: Chip timed race, event shirt, finisher’s medal, post race food and drink, raffle prizes, awards.
Packet Pickup: Portland Running Company – Beaverton. Tuesday, July 3, 2018, 10-3pm; Champoeg State Park – RACE DAY, Wednesday, July 4, 2018 beginning at 6:30am