Race Preview: 2019 Catherine Creek Classic (Union)

If you enjoy running the back roads, the Catherine Creek Classic will provide you with that experience. Starting just outside the small eastern Oregon town of Union, this classic event is known as one of the most scenic races around.

Choose from a half marathon, 5K, or 1 mile distance and enjoy the beauty of Union County. As these courses are point to point, participants will park at Union High School then take the bus to their start line and run back to the high school. (See website for bus schedule.) There are no bathrooms available at the start of the races, so plan ahead! Half marathon runners will have a chance to use the restrooms at Catherine Creek State Park on their way to the start line – or just past the 5 mile mark during the race. Water stations will be available every 3 miles, but August in eastern Oregon can be quite warm, so you may want to bring your own hydration, as well.

After the races, awards will be given to the top 3 finishers in each age group, and the overall winners back at Union High School.

At just $25, this half marathon is one of the most affordable half marathons around! If you’ve never been to this area, I encourage you to take a little road trip and enjoy the calm quietness of the Catherine Creek area. While I’ve never been able to run this race, I love this area and would truly enjoy running in the serene beauty that is Union County.

Catherine Creek Classic Details

Date: Saturday, August 3


  • 7:30 A.M. – Half Marathon
  • 8:30 A.M. – 5K and 1 mile

Location: Union High School, Union

Entry Fee: $25 – any distance ($30 on race day)
(See website for family rates)

Race Website: Click Here

About Annette Vaughan (493 Articles)
Annette Vaughan is a runner and personal trainer 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 a certified personal trainer, who 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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