Race Preview: Inaugural Oregon Hop Run 5K/10K (Independence)

Another great inaugural event in the Salem area is coming in just a few weeks! The Oregon Hop Run, hosted by The City of Independence and the Monmouth-Independence Area Chamber of Commerce, will feature a 5K, 10K, and kids 1/2 mile dash on Saturday, September 28th, 2019.

The course starts and ends at the beautiful Riverfront Park in Independence. Participants will be on a multi-use path with great views of the Willamette River. It is a loop course – 5K is 1 loop and 10K is 2. For runners in the 10K event, after your first 5k loop, you’ll get to ring the celebrated hop bell! The events are also stroller and dog friendly, so bring everyone!

The event will be chip timed by Ardor Adventures and all finishers will get a drink ticket to use at participating downtown Independence locations.

During the event, Rogue Farms will be present to discuss the harvest practices on their 42-acre hopyard. They’ll also have other historical information regarding the Willamette Valley (one example: did you know Independence was known as the “Hop Capital of the World” from the late 1890’s to the 1940’s?!)

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Ella Curran Food Bank.

I’d also like to commend this event for having such a beautiful logo! It looks like a great race – don’t miss it!


Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019
10K starts at 10 AM; 5K at 10:15 AM
Where: Riverview Park | 50 C St Independence, OR 97351
5K: $30  | 10K: $35
Online here

For more event info, visit the race website or their Facebook page!

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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