In 2018 I ran that Cottage Grove half for the very first time, knowing I would come back in 2019. This beautiful point to point course was one I quickly fell in love with. The course, starting at Dorena School was ran on Row River Trailhead all the way back into town. It’s run along Dorena lake, past breathtaking Oregon trees galore. It’s a fast course as well, one of the fastest courses I’ve run on. For the September 14th race this year, I had to change my half entry to the 10k due to an injury I was dealing with. I e-mailed the race, director (Mike Ripley) the Friday before the race and he told me it wouldn’t be a problem at bib pick up Saturday morning. They also had bib pick up’s Thursday and Friday but I came from out-of-town. I was thankful Cottage Grove Half offered “day of” pick-up.
The 10k started right on Row River Trail at the finish line because it was an out and back race. Runners took off right at 9:15am. This fast flat course was lined with Oregon greenery and had plenty of water stations. There were a few intersection crossing but there were flaggers at each crossing, stopping traffic and keeping every runner safe. I had several friends running the 10k, so the out and back course was really fun. All of us got to see each other in passing, making for a little friend boost of energy during the race. The Row River Tail is a flat paved tail-head perfect for walking, running, biking and hiking.
I was pleased with my time, coming off injury placing 2nd female. My husband won the race as first place male and my friend Andrew 3rd place male. We had to leave for a afternoon wedding and realized we won podium pint glasses. The awards ceremony was scheduled for 11:30 but the race director got word and made a special announcement for us, giving us our awards so we could get going on our day. There were snacks and free beer at the finish line for every finisher. There were also plenty of volunteers present to give a hand and answer questions.
The Cottage Grove Half/10k was very organized from signing up, to packet pick up, to changing from the half to 10k, to the organization at the finish line. I highly recommend this race for your 2020 race calendar.
Race photos can be found here for the half, taken by Audra Terry Photograpy. There was a family emergency for the 10k photographer so you will only find half photos this year.
Results for 2019 can be found here.
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