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


We’re all ready for a new year and a fresh start – 2020 won’t soon be forgotten but 2021 brings new hope and, with any luck, races!

As is tradition in Eugene on New Year’s Eve / New Year’s Day tradition, Level32 Racing’s First Run 10k and 5k will be on for this year! First Run takes place on both New Year’s Eve at 11:50 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! Each will have a staggered start this year based on pacing to help with social distancing.

These races start and end at Valley River Inn on the Delta Ponds side of the Willamette, following cycle paths that are flat, fast and scenic. The 5K will follow the same course as the 10K, until just after the 2 mile point. Both distances take runners over the Delta Highway bike bridge first, then to the Owosso Bike Bridge past Marist High School (for the 10K only), while the 5K returns to finish after the out and back over Delta Highway bridge. There will be a water station accessible on both courses.

For the night run, there will be glow stick bracelets available at packet pickup for participants to wear for safety, but it is still recommended to bring your own lighting.

The races will be chip timed and will have awards and special themed prizes for female & male 5K & 10K champions for each race, respectively. Medals will be awarded to top three in each age division, with all participants eligible for random prizes.

We’re looking forward to a return to racing in the new year and what better way to start than on the first day!?


Date: Thursday, December 31, 2020 & Friday, January 1, 2021
Time: New Year’s Eve race at 11:50 p.m., and New Year’s Day race at 10 a.m.
Location: Valley River Inn | 1000 Valley River Way Eugene, Oregon
Price: $30 for adults 18-59 | $25 for youth 17 & under and adults 60+ | $50 or $45 to run both, respectively. Long-sleeve tech shirts are available for an additional $14
Registration: Online here

About Author

Bobi Jo has lived all over the midwest but moved to Portland in 2007 and now calls it home. She started casually running in 2012 and trained up for the "Run Like A Mother" 5k as her first proper event. She got a taste of the runner's high and is now a veteran ultrarunner. While running is her favorite sport, she is a "Jill of all trades, master of none" - her other hobbies include rock climbing, hiking, skiing, mountain biking, snowshoeing, and traveling the world. On her elusive rest days, she is an avid bookworm and a Green Bay Packers fan.

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