Race Preview: 2019 Pear Blossom Run 10M and 5K (Medford)

The 2019 Pear Blossom Run will be held on Saturday, April 13th and will once again feature the 10-miler or 5K as well as the Mayor’s Cup Fun Runs (1 and 2 miles).

Starting and finishing at the Rogue Valley Family YMCA, the courses are fast and flat (and USTA&F-certified), chip-timed, and have water stations and restrooms all along the course. The 2019 course maps have not yet been released, but the previous course map for the 10M and 5K might provide some insight!

The 5k will start at 7:00 am and has a 60 minute cutoff (a 19:18 mile pace). The 10 miler will begin at 8:20 am and will have a cutoff of 2h40m (a 16:00 mile pace) so that all course support can end at 11:00 am and the Pear Blossom Parade can begin. There is also a handcrank/trackchair/wheelchair division which will start at 8:10 am and there is special parking available to those that participate. The Mayor’s Cup 1 Mile begins at 7:50 and the 2 Mile is 8:30.

Medals will be awarded for all 5k and 10 Mile finishers, and Fun Run participants will all receive ribbons. There will be a $250 gift certificate awarded to the 1st male and 1st female 10 Mile finisher and a $100 gift certificate awarded for the 1st in each gender for the 5k. There will also be over 200 random drawing prizes as well as a YMCA Open House and free pancake feed from 8:00AM-10:00AM, plus the parade to enjoy!

This is a fun event with a great turnout (in 2017, 900+ runners in the 10M and 1,200+ in the 5K!) so spend the day in Medford running and enjoying the 66th annual Pear Blossom Festival!


What: 2019 Pear Blossom Run 5k /10 Miler/Mayor’s Cup Fun Run

When: Saturday April 13th, 2019

Where: Rogue Valley Family YMCA (522 W 6th St, Medford)

RegisterOnline here

Price: $23 for 5k and $30 for 10 Miler (add $10/ea after April 7). $8 for any (or both) of the Mayor’s Cup races. You can also purchase a race shirt for an additional $15.

For more race info, check out the website and 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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