Previews: Back to School Dash & Homer’s Classic – a Weekend in the Valley

August 4th and August 5th is a great weekend for a double with the Back to School 5k Dash in Dallas and Homer’s Classic 8k. Sign up by July 14 for the Back to School 5k for just $30, and for Homer’s Classic by August 4th for $18. Two races for less than $50 – and they’re both great races!

The Back to School Dash raises funds for families to get ready for “back to school” – things like haircuts, backpacks, you name it! The loop course includes trail and pavement, and photos of the course look amazing! The race starts at 9a from Dallas United Methodist Church at 565 SE Lacreole Dr in Dallas. Just off Highway 22, Dallas is straight west of Salem. (And, fun fact, I found a kitten on Highway 22 about 13 years ago and named her … Dallas.)

You can race in Dallas on Saturday, August 4th at the Back to School Dash, and then turn around and race Homer’s Classic on Sunday, August 5th.

Homer’s Classic has been a mainstay of Silverton running for decades. The course features a covered bridge and is a favorite among people looking for a fast race. Why is that, you ask? Well, it’s flat, and the 8k distance – just under 5 miles – lets you run your dream 10k pace without having to run that last mile! Much of the course runs along country roads, but starts and finishes at Silverton High School, and the race is part of the larger Homer Davenport Days festival that runs the full weekend.

Here are the details for both races:

Back to School 5k Dash

When: Saturday, August 4, 2018

What time: 9a

Where: Dallas United Methodist Church at 565 SE Lacreole Dr in Dallas, Ore.

Register: Online here for $30 by July 14.

Homer’s Classic 8k and 2-miler

When: Sunday, August 5, 2018

What time: 9a

Where: Silverton High School at 1456 Pine Street

Register: Online here for $18 (add a shirt for $15)

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