The 2022 Salem Summer Solstice is Back!

Summer is quickly approaching, and that can mean only one thing – the Salem Summer Solstice 10k and 5k is coming back again! OK, OK – I know that isn’t probably something most people are thinking – but I know without a doubt that my three girls are. It wasn’t but just two days ago when my oldest said, “hey Dad – remember that race you do with the ice cream afterwards? That’s pretty soon right?” She’s got it down!

This iconic race is put on by the Willamette Valley Road Runners, and the courses are some of my favorite in Salem. I probably run these paved trails 3-4 times per month  Minto Brown Park is truly a gem for runners. The event is pretty much the same from year’s passed – why mess with a good thing, right?!

Of course, the race is just part of the event – as the ice cream sundae bar afterwards is always a hit for runners and spectators alike (free for runners with registration and usually $2 for others).

Salem Summer Solstice 10k and 5k (Salem)
When: Friday, June 17; 7pm for 10k and 710pm for 5k
Where: Minto Brown Island Park
Register: Online here; $12

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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