Race Preview: 2019 McKenzie River Half and Bring in Spring 5K (Springfield)

Level 32 Racing is once again hosting the scenic and fast McKenzie River Half and, new for this year, is also hosting the 4th annual Bring in Spring 5K on the same day! This year the events will run on Sunday, March 24th, with the 5K as a road/trail hybrid inside Armitage Park and the half, as always, will be a point-to-point finishing in the park as well.

Half Marathon: Not to be confused with the scenic (and popular) trail runs along the McKenzie River, this road half is also beautiful and will wind runners through the Hayden Bridge neighborhood, Old Mohawk Road, McKenzie View Drive, and Armitage Park. Racers will have great views of the McKenzie River along the way and with less than 200 feet of climbing, it’s the kind of course PRs are born from.

Click here for a PDF of the course or here for a MapMyRun version. The half marathon cutoff is 3.5 hours and unfortunately due to some narrow shoulder running, no dogs are allowed.

Shuttles will be provided from Armitage Park to the start line in Springfield. There will be five aid stations along the course (at mile 3.8, 5.7, 8, 10 and 12) with water, GU Brew, and GU gels. All finishers will receive a finisher medal and the top 3 in each age division earn a Hop Valley/Level 32 Racing pint glass!

Bring in Spring 5K: The 5K will start at 11:30 in Armitage Park and will be a hybrid course of both road and trail sections. You can view a course map here. Top 3 in each age division of the 5K will earn a medallion.

The beneficiary of the event is the Head Start of Lane County, which promotes school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children.

It’s a beautiful spring race and we hope you’ll make it!


Date: Sunday, March 24, 2019
Half: 9:00 AM  |  5K: 11:30 AM
Where: Emerald Dance Center, 2095 Yolanda Ave | Springfield, OR (this is the start line for the half marathon – please park at the finish line, Armitage Park, and catch a shuttle! 5K-ers will start and end in Armitage Park)
Half: $55  |  5K: $25 through Feb 16th (add $10 thereafter). Tech shirts are available for an additional $14.
Online here, in-person at Eugene Running Company (116 Oakway Center) through Friday, March 22nd at 5pm, or at packet pickup at the Hilton Garden Inn (3528 Gateway St., Springfield) on Saturday, March 23, from 12pm to 4pm, or on race day from 7:00am to 8:30am at the starting line.

For more more info, visit the race website or Level 32’s Facebook page!

About Author

Bobi Jo has lived all over the midwest but moved to Portland in 2007 and now calls it home. She started casually running in 2012 and trained up for the "Run Like A Mother" 5k as her first proper event. She got a taste of the runner's high and is now a veteran ultrarunner. While running is her favorite sport, she is a "Jill of all trades, master of none" - her other hobbies include rock climbing, hiking, skiing, mountain biking, snowshoeing, and traveling the world. On her elusive rest days, she is an avid bookworm and a Green Bay Packers fan.

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