I’m going to let a quote from the Race Director for the Boring Marathon, Half-Boring Half-Marathon, and Constantly Boring 8K start off this preview:
“The Boring Marathon is a Boston Qualifier. Woohoo! Yea! Right on! Baaa (get that goat out of here). Yes, the same people who brought you goats at the finish in 2015, slugs on the trail in 2016 (along with goats at the finish), smoke in the air in 2017 (and goats running the kids run) and warm pizza at the finish in 2018 (as well as pictures with Tart the goat) has done something besides watching old movies and clipping our toenails (this is Boring, after all – too much excitement and we might not be able to handle it) and we got the marathon course certified by USATF to be a Boston Qualifier beginning with 2018’s race (assuming you finish too).”
This fall will be my fifth time running the Half Boring Half-Marathon, and it is one of my favorite races every year. The number one reason is the leadership behind the event (that’s why I wanted you to get to experience a bit of their humor to start). The folks behind this race love running, and runners, and having a great time. So they make sure this is an event that will be as fun as possible for all involved. The course uses Springwater Trail, so its relatively flat and less expensive than a race on city streets. And all proceeds go to Sam Barlow High School Track and Cross Country Teams, and West Orient Middle School Track Team. Everyone leading and supporting the event is volunteers, so once the basics are paid for, all the rest goes to local kids.
Another detail I love about this race is that it is not for the elites. This race is for real human beings with busy lives and a desire to get out for a Sunday morning. That means there is no time limit for finishers. Volunteers and aid stations at intersections do close after six hours (due to city requirements), but the team at the finish line will be there until all participants come in.
There are still spots available for all three distances. Come out to join the runners, walker, and goats for a non-boring race in Boring, Oregon.
Boring Marathon, Half-Boring Half-Marathon, and Constantly Boring 8K (Boring)
When: Sunday, September 22. Marathon at 6:30am. Half Marathon at 7am. 8K at 7:30am.
Where: Boring Station Trailhead Park (28008 Keller Road) ; parking at Boring Middle School
Packet Pick-Up: Friday Sept. 20 4-7pm at Boring Brewing Co. (38250 Pioneer Blvd); Saturday Sept. 21 12-5pm at Boring Station Trailhead Park (28008 Keller Road); or Race Morning starting at 5:30am.
Cost: Marathon for $100. Half Marathon for $75. 8K for $45.