Welcome to the latest in the Races on our Radar series, where we report on cool and/or low-cost races, group runs, price and registration deadlines, and other things we think you should know about it.
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How was your summer? Well, it’s practically fall now … the kids are back in school, but I haven’t seen ads yet for pumpkin spice everything, so we may have a few more weekends of summer! Here’s what we want to make sure you know about this week:
This weekend, here are some low-cost races to check out:
- Saturday, September 1 is the Hardesty Hardcore Challenge in Oakridge. There’s a 14-miler for $35 and a 5.5-miler for $30.
- In Salem on the same day, there’s a $5 5k at Minto-Brown Park. (There is also a race on October 6: a 10k for $10 and another 5k for $5.) You can sign up online through the City of Salem’s website.
- The Sunset Bay Trail Run is on Saturday, too, with a 4-miler, a 15k, and a half marathon (all on trail) for $10, $10, and $10 … that’s right, all distances are only $10. The race starts at Sunset Bay State Park in Coos Bay at 10a, and you can register online here through midnight on August 30.
- Remember the ORRC Greenway Trail Trial 10k on Monday, September 3 … its put on by Run Oregon bloggers (as volunteer RDs). Save $5 with the code fiveoff, and sign up online here! The race is at Greenway Park in Beaverton and has an open start line from 7a-9a, course closing at 10:30a.
Next weekend’s best low-cost (and just plain cool) races:
- The Walterville Waddle 5k is on Saturday, September 8 at 8a in Springfield, Ore, and what’s cool about this is that the men’s and women’s race winners get to ride in the parade immediately after the race! The 5k is only $20, or only $15 for age 56+ or U17.
- Also on September 8 is the Stagecoach Run in Jacksonville. There is a 10k and a 5k, $25 for either one for non-SOR members.
- The Oakridge Triple Summit Challenge offers three different mountain trail ascent races (Dead Mountain, Larison Rock, and Alpine) for $45 each or all three for $120, and there’s also a low-cost 5k for just $20. These prices are good through August 31. Note, the races are run over three days next weekend. Dead Mountain Ascent (12.4 miles) is at 5p on Friday the 7th, Alpine Ascent (12.4 miles) is at 10a on Saturday the 8th, and Larison Rock Ascent (11 miles) is at 10a on Sunday the 9th. The 5k is on Sunday at 9a, so technically I suppose you could do all four.
Also this weekend is the Hero Up Half Marathon, 5k, and kid’s race. While not exactly low-cost, this race benefits research for children’s cancer, so it’s worth your dollar. The prices increase on Thursday at 8p, and until then the half is $70, the 5k is $35, and there’s a kid’s race for $5. The race is on Saturday, September 1 at Cook Park.