**GIVEN THE UNCERTAINTY OF THINGS DUE TO COVID-19, PLEASE NOTE THAT WE ARE PREVIEWING THIS RACE AS IF IT IS STILL OCCURRING . WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO FOLLOW THESE RACES ON SOCIAL MEDIA OR THEIR WEBSITES TO DETERMINE IF CHANGES ARE BEING MADE**
The first hints of spring have been in the air this past week. Some brave (and beautiful) flowers are starting to sprout up. And in just over a month, the Tulip Fest will be in full bloom too. This annual event in Woodburn includes live music, crafting workshops, charity events, and (of course) the Wooden Shoe Tulip Fest Run.
The 5K, 10K, and half marathon courses start and end at the farm, with lots of tulip fields in between for an off-road adventure. All proceeds go to support Oregon City High School track and cross country. And volunteers from those teams will be on the course to cheer you on from start to finish. And after the race, enjoy admission into the festival where you can show off your finisher medal while posing in the flowery fields.
Wooden Shoe Tulip Fest Run (Woodburn)
When: Saturday, March 21st at 8:30am
Where: Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm (33814 S Meridian Road)
Packet Pick-Up: Race Day
Cost: 5K or 10K for $40. Half Marathon for $60.
I love a race course that has me wandering into new areas of a city. Just like Pocahontas in the Disney movie, I get to find out what’s “just beyond the river bend.”
The race directors behind the fifth annual Bring in Spring 5K and McKenzie River Half are definitely on my wandering wavelength with their courses this spring. Both events finish at Armitage Park. The half marathoners do not start there though; instead those runners get onto the shuttle buses and begin at Emerald Dance Center. The courses wind through Hayden Bridge neighborhood, and then along Old Mohawk Road and McKenzie View Drive, finally finishing in Armitage Park. There are open roads in the course, so runners and walkers are to use caution and follow guidance from volunteers.
And there is a lot of support promised for this event, including five aid stations along the half marathon course with water, electrolytes, and GU gels. At the finish line there will be more volunteers with finisher medals for all half marathon participants. All participants will be eligible for random prize drawings and the top three male and female finishers will receive awards. So, think of this as a wander in the city with a potential prize at the end.
Bring in Spring 5K & McKenzie River Half (Eugene)
When: Sunday, March 22nd. Half Marathon at 9am. 5K at 11:30am.
Where: Armitage Park(90064 Coburg Road)
Packet Pick-Up: Saturday, March 21 12-4pm at Hilton Garden Inn (3528 Gateway Street) or Race Morning.
Cost: 5K for $30. Half Marathon for $70.