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