The central Willamette Valley may be one of the nicest areas to run, generally with moderate temperatures and scenic views along with the freedom from hassles that go with less population density. Canby is no exception, a smaller town south of the urban sprawl of greater Portland, home to a lot of farmland, most notably home to the largest Dahlia farm in the country, which is Swan Island Dahlias. Hosting both a 10K and half marathon on Saturday August 24th, the Canby Dahlia Run features rural roadways as well as a short pass through the dahlia farm for the longer race. One of the perks of this race beyond the great flowers is that both courses boast a downhill finish.
All finishers will receive a medal and fresh cut dahlia. Age group awards will be handed out to the top 3 in each age division by gender. Registration is currently open through ITSYOURRACE. The 10K is priced at $45 and the half at $55. The registration site adds on a fee just shy of five dollars on top. Uberthons will be present covering the chip timing duties, which means quick, accurate results!
I personally know a few people that have participated in this race and have not heard a bad thing about it. Canby is in a beautiful area and both courses advertise only one hill. The 7 am start time should also help most of the participants beat the summer heat and leave enough time to go visit the dahlia farm after the race, making it definitely worth the trip to the area.
Canby Dahlia Run
When: August 24th at 7am
Where: 2350 SE Territorial Rd, Canby
Distance: 10K and half marathon