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Race Preview: 2019 Willamette Mission Trail 5K/10K (Salem)


It’s spring – which means great trail racing weather! Join Run Wild Adventures for their 10th annual running of the Willamette Mission Trail 5K and 10K. This event is held at Willamette Mission State Park – just north of Salem. This mostly flat trail run consists of single and double track trails around the park. Both the 5K and 10K are loop courses. Since it is spring in Oregon, expect to be running through some mud. The trails of Willamette Mission State Park are scenic with thickly treed areas, fields, and a section along the river. Check out the video below to see portions of this beautiful course.

Run Wild races are always casual, but well-organized. You can expect a smoothly run event with a well-marked course. Since the trails can be a little rough this time of year, jogging strollers are not allowed. But, as always, you can bring your dog to run this one with you.

Awards will be given to the top 3 overall and age division winners. Age divisions are in 5 year increments, so there will be awards aplenty!

I have this race on my list. I ran it a few years ago and really enjoyed the course and the setting of Willamette Mission State Park. I would recommend this trail race for all levels of racers. First time trail runners will enjoy running the scenic, not-so-technical, flat course. Veteran trail racers can pull out all the stops and run a really fast race.

Your day use and parking fee for Willamette Mission State Park is included in your entry fee, but carpooling is strongly encouraged. So, round up your friends and convince them to come along with you! This is sure to be a great trail run!

Willamette Mission Trail Run Details

Date: Saturday, April 27

Time: 9:00 A.M.

Location: Willamette Mission State Park, 10991 Wheatland Rd. NE, Salem

Entry Fees: 

  • $25 – 5K
  • $30 – 10K
  • Day of Race – add $10

Race Website: Click Here

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About Annette Vaughan (420 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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