One of the main, fun reasons for me to participate in organized road races is the fact that I would be running through areas I haven’t seen before. A few years ago I made the trip to Sweet Home to participate in a beautiful small town race. The 6th annual Sweetheart Run 5k and 10k welcomes runners and walkers of all speeds to Sweet Home OR on Saturday, February 8th, 2020. The 5k and 10k event take participants on a looped course through the town of Sweet Home. Runners age 10 and younger are also invited to join the kids run for free (or $10 with t-shirt).
The races start and end at the covered bridge in Sankey Park in Sweet Home. The 5k course is a simple loop through the town, including a beautiful stretch through a forest trail during the third mile, with an easy downhill in the last half mile. The 10k course starts and ends the same as the 5k course, but around the 1 mile mark when the 5k’ers turn right for their loop, the 10k runners head straight ahead for their additional out-and-back. There’s one water station on the 5k course and two on the 10k course. Runners with kids in strollers are welcome to join the race, but unfortunately dogs are not allowed on the course.
At the finish, all participants will receive a beautiful finisher’s medal. Age group winners will also receive a special medal, and overall winners receive a crown or tiara. All participants can look forward to light refreshments. The event is timed by Eclectic Edge, so be sure to pick up the printout of your finish times at the timing truck.
Parking is available at City Hall (1140 12th Ave.), Sweet Home Evangelical Church (1347 Long Street), and Sweet Home High School (1641 Long Street). Parking for the disable is located at Sankey Park (877 14th Ave.). Please note that 14th Avenue is closed to through traffic during the race for the safety of participants.
Sweetheart Run 5k/10k details:
When: Saturday, Feb 8th; 10am
Where: Sankey Park (map)
What: 5k, 10k, kids run
Registration: Online here or print registration form
Registration cost: 5k – $25; 10k – $30 (after 2/1/2020 – add $5); kids run – $10 incl shirt; kids run FREE without shirt
Registration includes: Chip timed race, post race refreshments, awards; Shirt available for purchase for $15