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Race Preview: 2019 Eastern Oregon Half Marathon (Spray)

The oldest running half marathon in Oregon is the Eastern Oregon Half Marathon. This event is held in conjunction with the Spray Rodeo in the tiny town of Spray, Oregon over Memorial Day weekend. This point to point course starts near Service Creek and runs the scenic John Day River Valley and ends in Spray. The half marathon is run along the highway and is about as flat as you can get with only a 12 foot elevation gain.

This is one of the most affordable half marathons around with a price tag of just $35! There is also a 5K and 10K option, as well as a relay option. The relay allows runners to break up the 1/2 marathon course and share the distance with their team.

Since all races are point to point, buses will pick up runners at Spray School and take them to the starting area. After the race, locker rooms/showers are available at the school, just bring your own towel. There will be a pancake, ham, and egg breakfast at the school, as well. There will also be age group awards handed out at the post-race ceremony.

It is important to be aware that this race is run entirely on the highway, which will not be closed to traffic. So, please run with awareness and caution!

Plan to make a weekend of it and enjoy the Spray Rodeo, parade, and other happenings at the rodeo grounds. This is the 72nd year of the Spray Rodeo – a staple in Eastern Oregon that you don’t want to miss!

Eastern Oregon Half Marathon Details

Date: Saturday, May 25

Time: 8:00 A.M.

Location: Spray School (parking, shuttle pick-up, and finish area)

Entry Fees: 

  • $35 – all distances + $5 for shirt
  • $50 – relay team +$5/shirt

Race Website: Click Here


About Annette Vaughan (479 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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