5k – Saturday April 8, 2017
13.1 – Sunday April 9, 2017
This scenic, 13.1 mile ‘Tour de Corvallis’ is mostly flat with two slow gradual climbs, and two gradual descents. The entire course is on paved roads, sidewalk and bike paths.
The 5k is one of the flattest around. You can expect a PR on this course!
New this year we will be adding a 1k/1mile kids and family run to Saturday’s schedule. More info including the route to comming soon, but expect it to start after the 5k event on Saturday around 11:30am.
This is a great half marathon that I have done every year since the inaugural year, and plan to do so until my joints are replaced with titanium (and then maybe I’ll get out the walker and still give it a try.) It is very well-organized, starts on time, and has the essentials at the start — easy parking and porta-potties! This year they moved packet pickup into a health and fitness expo that was one of the better expos I’ve seen — great selection of new and interesting vendors. There was less pre-race communication this year than there has been in the past, but the website is easy to navigate and has the essentials. This race is getting bigger every year, so there should be plenty of people in your pace group to keep you company. The course is well-marked, has one moderately long climb and plenty of downhill, and as I stated in the title, is absolutely lined with happy, cheering people (and a rocking ska band!) from start to finish. This year the crowds came in very handy, as it was toasty at the start and downright hot later on, and there were people setting out lawn sprinklers for those of us who were overheating. There was support every two-ish miles, with water and Ultima (I really liked the mix this year!) They had to move the finish line off the football field at Reser stadium, but when the construction work on the stadium is done, it will be back to the thrill of running down a finishing chute and onto the astroturf. The medal was a well-designed reward at the end of a hot run, and there looked to be a pretty good after party going, with brews on tap, and cider for a few $$, as well as a nice table full of post-race staples (and some tasty soup and bread that they have had every year.) It was crowded, though, and I was ready to find some shade and die quietly with my medal gripped tightly into my fist. This was a the first year I overheated, which is why I’m taking off 1/2 a star — I am sure there’s some logistical reason as to why the race starts later, but it gets hotter every year, and I really hope they reconsider and move it back by at least an hour. The convenience of getting to a later start has been replaced by fear of getting heat stroke.
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