Race Preview: 2019 Winter Formal 5K (Corvallis)

Between the glitz of the holidays and the fresh excitement of spring, February can feel a bit lackluster. Fortunately, Best In the West Events has the perfect race to spice up your Groundhog’s Day. The Winter Formal 5K on Saturday, February 2nd encourages participants to race in formalwear, whether that’s a suit and tie, prom dress, or a classic tuxedo t-shirt. Not only will you look your best, but you’ll also race your best in this chip-timed event. There will be a 5k run/walk, a 1 mile family run/walk/roll/stroll, and a 1k kids run. Keeping with the theme of elegance and class, runners can also participate in a Beer/Cider Mile, where teams of 2-4 chug 12 ounces of 2Towns Cider or Block15 beer each quarter mile before tagging the next teammate.

Prizes are given to the top three overall men and women in the 5k, top runners in each age group, all finishers of the 1 mile and 1k races, and the winner of the Best Awkward Prom Photo contest. Grab your cummerbund or taffeta bridesmaid dress, and prepare for the fanciest race photo of your running career!


What: Winter Formal 5K

Distance/Events: 5k, 1 mile, 1k, beer/cider mile relay

Where: Trysting Tree Golf Club, 34028 NE Electric Rd, Corvallis, OR 97333

When: Saturday, February 2, 2019

Packet Pick Up: 1:30pm on race day inside the clubhouse at Trysting Tree Golf Club

Start Times:

  • 5k Run/Walk: 3:00pm
  • 1mi Family Run, Walk, Roll, & Stroll: 4:00pm
  • 1k Kids Run: 4:00pm
  • Beer/Cider Mile Relay: 4:15pm

Cost: (prices noted for race day registration, discounts available for early registration and military/public service members)

  • 5k Run/Walk: $35 for adults, $25 under 18. Registration comes with beverage (Block 15 Beer, 2Towns Cider, or Hot Chocolate Bar), food, free pictures, and chip timing
  • 1mile/1k: $15
  • Beer/Cider Mile Relay: $30. Comes with 4 beers/ciders
  • Race shirts: $10 optional purchase when registering

Registration: Online or day of race


About Kate Ellingsen (36 Articles)
Running brings me immense joy and peace. Like the fabled tortoise, my pace is slow and steady. I ran my first marathon in 2011, then lost my focus following a cross country move in 2012, gradually working my way back to 26.2 miles. I have no aspirations of qualifying for the Olympics or even Boston. The road is big enough for all runners, and my only goal is to be happy and well. Location: Portland, OR 26.2 x 6 & 13.1 x 13
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