There’s no shortage of beautiful races in the Pacific Northwest, but if you’ve never done the Huckleberry Half, you should add it to your list of race experiences. The website claims this race is “the most beautiful course in Oregon,” and that’s quite a feat! Held in Welches, OR, you’ll wind through Mt. Hood National Forest and the gorgeous forest and Salmon River views will keep you moving right along.
The 2019 Huckleberry Half Marathon also has 10k and a 5k options, and the races will be on Saturday August 17that Welches Middle School. If you’re a walker, you can avoid the rush and do the half marathon at 6:45AM before anyone else gets out on the course. The half marathon runners will begin at 7:30AM and the 10k run/walk will begin at 8:15AM. The 5k run/walk will be the last event to start that day at 8:45AM.
Carpooling is encouraged for this race, and parking attendants will be along Woodsey Way and Salmon River road to greet you. Porta Potties will be available at the race start and there will be several along the course, as well as aid stations. There will also be a bag check near the registration tent. If you want to take a look at the course route, you can view that here. Prepare to see scenic country roads and neighborhoods, as well as bridges, streams, and trees (bonus .. Shade!) as far as the eye can see.
All participants will receive a t-shirt, a custom hand-carved finishers medal, a free beer from the Sig Zag Inn Beer Garden, and Bigfoot photos. There will also be pre-run coffee available. Prizes will go to the top three overall male and female runners for the half and the top three age group winners for the 10k and half. Prizes will not be mailed.
Make a whole weekend of it for you and your friends and/or family and book the resort in Welches or find an Airbnb. There’s so much beauty in Mt. Hood and it’s a great opportunity to explore. More info on accommodations can be found here.
When: Saturday, August 17th, 2019. Half runners start at 7:30AM and walkers start at 6:45AM. 10k starts at 8:15AM and 5k starts at 8:45AM.
Where: Welches Middle School (24903 E Salmon River Rd, Welches, OR.) Carpooling encouraged!
Cost: $79 for Half Marathon, $73 for 10k, and $50 for 5k.
Packet Pick-Up: August 15th from 1:00PM to 6:00PM at Fleet Feet PDX (2258 NW Raleigh St, Portland, OR 97201) and August 16th from 2:00PM to 6:00PM at COUNTRY Financial – Cole Pritchard (39332 Proctor Blvd, Sandy, OR 97055.)