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2018 Races on our Radar #39: September 18

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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There’s a price increase for the Cascade Half Marathon on October 1. Until then, the half is $40 and the 10k is $30. The race is on Sunday, January 20 in Turner (near Salem). This is a great race and funds support Cascade HS’s track and XC programs.

We just found out about this unique group run happening this Thursday at Fleet Feet PDX at 2258 NW Raleigh. It is not a free run, but the $10 admission is a donation to Keep America Beautiful. The run starts at 6p from their store and will conclude with a prize raffle, plus there will be food & drink. Register online here.

Another free run (race? group run? you choose) is this Sunday at Lewis & Clark National Historic Park in Astoria. The South Slough Scramble is a run with a 3-miler and a 5.5-miler on trail/path. It’s a scramble, so you’ll be on varied terrain and maybe even doing a little XC. Sign up DOR from 9a-9:45a, the run starts at 10a.

Heads up – the first Stumptown XC race is next Sunday, September 29. The series is $50 for all 4 races or $15 for individual races. The race on the 29th is at Lents Park at 9a, with the following races on October 13, 20, and November 3.

Low-price races this week/weekend and next:

  • Thursday, the 20th, you can help raise money for Sheldon HS XC in Eugene. The Twilight River Run 5k is $25 and starts and finishes at EWEB Plaza, with a 6p start time.
  • Friday, the 21st, there’s a fun evening trail race in Corvallis called the SAFsquatch. It’s at 5p at Peavy Arboretum and raises funds for the Society of American Foresters. There’s a 10k for $35 and a 5k for $25.
  • Saturday the 22nd, the Chief’s Run 5k in Lafayette is only $20 and raises funds for the Lafayette Fire/Rescue Department’s annual toy drive. The race starts in downtown Lafayette at 9a.
  • Another great race on the 22nd is the Miles for Midwives 5k, taking place at Champoeg State Park. The run starts at 9:30a and is only $20! Proceeds support the Oregon Affiliate of the American College of Nurse Midwives.
  • Also on the 22nd is the Molalla River Trail Race. There is a half marathon for only $50 – what a great deal! There is also a 10k for $40 and a 5k for $35. Run Oregon has run this race in the past and while the course isn’t easy, it’s a really fun race in a beautiful setting.
  • On Sunday the 23rd, the Corvallis Fall Festival has a great price on its 10k. Both the 5k and 10k are $30, and there’s a 1k kids run for $5. This run is at Madison and 11th in Corvallis and starts at 9a (kids run at 8:30a). Online registration closes at midnight on Thursday.
  • NEXT Saturday, September 29, the Discover Pink Walk & 5k Fun Run in Salem is only $15. The run is at Salem Health on SE Oak, and starts at 10:15 with breast cancer survivors leading the pack! Funds support the Women’s Health Program of Marion and Polk Counties.
  • The Octoberfest 6.4k is a unique distance, so I’m including it here – the registration cost for this La Grande race is $25. The run is on Saturday, September 29 at the Union County Fairgrounds and includes a shirt (if you register online).
  • The Tigard K9 5K is on Sunday, September 29. It’s a little more than our usual “low-price” events but the money supports the canine officers of Tigard Police Department. Plus, there’s a $5 kids run! The race starts at 9a at Cook Park in Tigard.
  • The Friends of Mt. Tabor Park Tar n Trail offers a 5k for $15 and a 10k for $25. The race is on Sunday, September 30 at Mt. Tabor Park in SE Portland. Funds support maintenance and trailwork at Mt. Tabor Park.

Thanks for checking in – share this post and spread the word that there are GREAT races you can do without breaking the bank!

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About Kelly Barten (919 Articles)
I started the Run Oregon blog in February 2007, because I felt like running in Oregon and SW Washington deserved more positive coverage. I also wanted to level the playing field so that small, non-profit races could compete with big events; and to support LOCAL race organizers. I'm a Creighton Bluejay (undergrad) and an Oregon Duck (Sports Marketing MBA), and I live in Tigard with my husband and two kids. My "real job" is working for an incredibly awesome math textbook company doing marketing and production.

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