Race Preview: First Run Eugene (New Years Eve & New Years Day) – Eugene

It’s almost show time, runners! Show time? Why yes, time to get those New Year’s resolutions (or not), off to a momentous start!

Eugene is blessed with a great New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day tradition, The First Run 10k and 5k events. Yes indeed, First Run takes place both New Year’s Eve evening at 11:59 p.m., and offers an additional race on New Year’s Day, starting at 10 a.m. You can choose to participate in one, or both, of the events!

For those wanting to ring in the New Year in epic, running style (my favorite kind, of course!), get registered for this event. Unless you can complete the event in one minute, you will officially be ringing in the New Year while running (or walking). If this isn’t the best way to celebrate New Year’s Eve, I just don’t know what to think! The New Year’s Eve race starts and finishes at Valley River Inn, with the courses traversing the multi-use paths on the Delta Ponds side of the Willamette. There will be glow stick bracelets for participants to wear for tracking and some lighting, but it is still recommended to bring your own lighting. If you don’t feel like staying up late, or are wanting to get back after it again, come back the next morning at 10am for another go at it.

For those tackling both events, you will be eligible for bonus awards. And, a huge coolness factor, too, among fellow racers. Two events in less than 12 hours? Nice, impressive, way-to-go! You can run the 5k then a 10k, a 10k then a 5k, two 5k’s or 2 10k’s. Lots of options! How the bonus awards works is based on your cumulative time for both events combined, and based on the combination of events you selected.

What a GREAT WAY to ring in the New Year!! Secure your spot now, and invite your friends to join you. It is sure to be a fabulous time!

Date: Wednesday, December 31, 2019 & Thursday, January 1, 2020
Distance: 10k or 5k
Start Time: New Year’s Eve race at 11:59 p.m., and New Year’s Day race at 10 a.m.
Cost: $25 for one race or $40 for both events, any distance; $5 additional on race day; $14 for tech shirt.
Register: Click here to register

About Author

Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching hockey, going to as many breweries (618) and wineries (152) as he can, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.

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