Race Preview: 2019 Hurricane Creek Half / 5K (Joseph)

If you haven’t locked in plans for Memorial Weekend, consider running the Hurricane Creek Half (or 5k) in Joseph on Saturday, May 25th! It’s a bit of a challenge, with ~1,600 feet of gain but with views of the Wallowa mountains, Eagle Cap Wilderness, Seven Devils, and high valleys, but it’s well worth the effort. It is an out and back course, starting at Joseph City Park at 4,200 ft and climbs to a mile high at 5,100 ft. The first (and last) 3 miles are mostly paved and the middle 6 miles are all maintained dirt road surface. There will be a self-aided water station at the Grange Mile (about 5K mark) and another water station at the Hurricane Creek Trailhead ~ mile 6.5.

The 5K is an out and back along the initial part of the half marathon course and will have a water station at the turnaround. Both events are minimally supported, so be prepared with your own fuel / hydration needs and use the water stations to supplement.

Awards will be given to the top 3 male and top 3 female overall finishers for each event and each finisher will receive a medal.

This event is a fundraiser for the Runners of the Sage running group, whose mission is to encourage more active lifestyles, self-sufficiency, and more awareness of the environment. To keep the cost of this race at a bare minimum, support is appreciated through merchandise purchases (and, of course, registration fees!).


Date: Saturday, May 25, 2019
Half marathon at 8:30 am | 5K at 9:00 am
Where: Joseph City Park | Joseph, OR
Half marathon: $30  | 5K: $15  (price increases for each on May 22)
Online here

For more event info, including a course / elevation map, lodging recommendations, and packet pickup details, visit the race website!

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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