Ending & Kicking off the Year Right: The 2021/2022 First Run Eugene is Back!

If you are looking to end 2021 AND start 2022 on high notes, check out the First Run in Eugene, put on by Level 32 Racing. There are actaully two races – one starting at 1150 pm on December 31st, followed by a 10am race on January 1st. There’s up to 20 kilometers of running fun for everyone!

Races will start and finish near the Valley River Inn, which is adjacent to the Valley River Mall, and follows the bike paths along the Willamette River. Runners who frequent Eugene may recognize some of these trails from the Eugene Marathon, Run to Stay Warm, and a handful of other events.

Here is a descriptor of the courses:

The 10K and 5K run/walk for both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day start and finish adjacent to Valley River Inn, in the cul de sac next to Elmer’s Restaurant. All courses will follow the bike paths along the Willamette River. The courses are flat, fast and scenic. The 5K will follow the same course as the 10K, until just after the 2-Mile mark. Both distances will remain on the Valley River Center side of the bridge the entire time, with two out and back sections for the 10K and one for  the 5K. Both distances take runners over the Delta Hwy 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 Hwy bridge. Water station accessible on both courses.

Awards will take place afterwards, and you have extra opportunities to win if you participate in both, as times from each event will be combined for a total placing. You can even shake it up with one 5k and one 10k if you wish.

You can also volunteer for one event and run the other for free!

First Run (Eugene)
Days and Times:

  • New Year’s Eve Race: Saturday, December 31, 2021
    • Time: 11:50 pm
  • New Year’s Day Race: Sunday, January 1, 2022
    • Time: 10:00 am

Location: Valley River Inn, Eugene
Register: Online here; $30 for one race, $50 for both races; (add $14 for shirt)


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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