This Race is Like a Box of Chocolates… – A preview of the Cascade Half Marathon

2013 was my first attempt at the Cascade Half Marathon. I was injured, the weather was below freezing the entire time, and I STILL had a great time. 2014 saw cold, yet dry, temperatures and I highlighted my recommitment to running in my race recap. 2019 saw a downpour and 2020 was almost 50 degrees and clear.This race has a sort of aura above it that seems to give runners a little extra motivation entering in the new year. It provides the perfect combination between a decent size numberr of registrants (~500+), yet still keeps its small town race feel.

And now, after a few years off, it is back on Sunday, January 15, 2023!

he race starts and ends at Cascade Jr. High School with the route an out-and-back on quiet, rural paved roads. It is one of those races where you kind of lose yourself over the course due to the sheer remoteness of it. The race has some very long straight stretches with a few curves tossed in there as it meanders alongside the area farmland. There is also a 10k and a 2-miler which follow the same initial route.

There are typically toilets on the course and water stations at miles 2 and 5 (plus 8 and 11 for the half). Medals will be given to half and 10k finishers.

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Mick Evans,

While the weather can be chaotic in January, the school has men’s and women’s locker rooms will be open for changing, showering, and just keeping warm before and after the races. And afterwards, there is hot soup, coffee from The Governor’s Cup, Great Harvest bread, and fresh baked cookies!

If you happen to be on the fence, don’t forget that this race was voted the Best 2012 Road Half Marathon by our Run Oregon readers!

**Don’t forget to register by December 20th to get the $45 entry fee. Prices go up $15 after!**

Cascade Half and 10K Details

Date: Sunday, January 15, 2023


  • 9:00 A.M. – Half Marathon
  • 9:15 A.M. – 10K and 2 mile
  • 8:00 A.M. – Early start Half Marathon option for those that will take longer than 2 1/2 hours to finish

Location: Cascade High School, 10226 Marion Rd SE, Turner

Entry Fees (before Dec. 20):

  • $45 – Half Marathon
  • $35 – 10K
  • $10 – 2 mile

Race Website: Click Here

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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