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Race Preview: 2018 Great Harvest Challenge (Terrebonne) and Fresh Hop Fest 5K (Sisters)

If you are in Central Oregon, you have 2 diverse options for racing on September 29. The Great Harvest Challenge Obstacle Race in Terrebonne or the Fresh Hop Fest 5K in Sisters.

The Great Harvest Challenge is a 3+ mile multi-obstacle sprint. While, a small town event, this obstacle race looks like a legitimate challenge! With input from an elite Spartan racer, a Parkour gym owner, and a climbing director; I have no doubt that there will be some great obstacles to tackle. Some of the obstacles listed are a giant tire flip, a keg carry, a raised maze, a ninjaline, and even a lasso lesson. There are no penalties for being unable to complete an obstacle, but there will be penalty laps for completely skipping an obstacle. In other words, as long as you make a valid attempt, you will not be penalized.

The entry fee for the main course is $85 and the kids course is $25 and includes some fun kids’ swag. Proceeds from this event go to the Good Thought Good Action Foundation.

As a foundation we are committed to providing opportunities for athletes of non-traditional sports to continue training in the sport they love. We proudly offer training scholarships for gear, competition and more to help keep athletes engaged in their sport. We also offer college scholarships and all proceeds of this event will go directly to the Good Thought Good Action Foundation scholarship fund.

The Great Harvest Challenge is at DD Ranch (3836 NE Smith Rock Way) in Terrebonne on Saturday, September 29.


If you prefer beer over obstacles, check out the Fresh Hop Fest 5K on that same day. This event starts at the Cascade Street Distillery production facility and ends at the Sisters Fresh Hop Festival – which is at the Three Creeks Brewing production facility. Parking will be at the Sisters Airport, right across the street from the start. All participants will receive a Sisters Fresh Hop Festival hat and for those 21 and over, you’ll get a pint glass and 5 tasting tickets. Those under 21 will get $10 off their entry fee.

The 5K starts at 10:00 A.M. and is open to both runners and walkers. The entry fee is $40 for those 21 and over and $30 for those under 21.

Regardless of which event you choose, you can’t beat running in Central Oregon in the fall. These events are just around the corner, so register soon!

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About Annette Vaughan (397 Articles)
Annette Vaughan is a runner, personal trainer, and race director in Canby, Oregon. She began running at the age of 30 and became hooked after her first race (even though she is a self-proclaimed slow runner.) She enjoys small local races from 5Ks to half-marathons, with a 30K on the books as her longest run ever. She has also become a huge fan of obstacle course races and just can't get enough of them. Annette is the race director for Get A Clue Scavenger Race and owns a personal training studio in Canby. She believes in promoting movement, since our bodies were designed to move. The more we move, the better we move and function in everyday life.

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