Spring Runners’ Rundown

If a better immune system, bone density, lung capacity, blood pressure, and less stress aren’t cause for considering a spring in your step, how about the prospect of beating a’buncha chumps while tearing through trials in a primordial blaze of glory? What about running with dogs, or for a charitable cause? No? What about mostly getting drunk with a little bit of (optional) running in between?

Surely there’s something that feeds your fancy on this list. Then again, maybe not. Maybe you’d rather sever your legs with a rusty spoon than pound any pavement. In that case, you just do you.

CH3 #173: One Solid
D*ckhouse Production
April 7

If you like booze first, and exercise second, with a dash of partial nudity and debaucherous song, the Corvallis Hash House Harriers may just align with your bizarre definition of comfort. The Corvallis ‘kennel’ is just one in the international drinking group with a running problem. If you’ve ever seen cryptic symbols drawn in chalk throughout the streets in Corvallis, congratulations: you found trail. The chalk decrees what the hashers must do to move on: sing a song, hold hands, swap clothes, show some skin (optional), and most importantly, find the booze. It’s a one-of-a-kind experience for all those virgins, or first-time hashers, out there.

Where: TBD
When: 5 p.m.
Ages: 21+
Cost: $6.9 (Get it? It’s a sex joke.)

Anyone interested must RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/238774060000679/.

Corvallis Half-Marathon & 5k
April 14-15

One of the flattest 5k’s of the season, this two day ‘Tour de Corvallis’ is for pavement pounders of all endurance types. With just two gradual inclines and declines, the Corvallis Half Marathon stretches throughout Corvallis roads, bike paths, and sidewalks for a total of 13.1 miles. The Family 1k and 1 mile, 5k run/walk, and double 5k and half marathon take place the day prior to the half marathon, on Saturday, April 14. Marathon runners will be met with complimentary refreshments from Block 15 and 2 Towns Ciderhouse at the finish line. Participants are encouraged to bring old running shoes for donation or recycle.

Where: Ralph Miller Lane (5k & 1k/1mi), Reser Stadium (Half Marathon)
When: 4/14, 10:30 a.m. (5k), 11:30 a.m. (1k/1mi); 4/15, 9:30 a.m.
Ages: All
Cost: $5-$90

Register at packet pickup locations or online at http://www.corvallishalfmarathon.com/.

Dog n’ Jog 5k Fun Run
April 21

This fun run is for doggos and humans alike, and will feature all kinds of family and pet-friendly events, including a silent auction, a costume contest, doogie pools, paw-print crafts, and human and pet concession stands. An annual fundraiser held at Oregon State University, proceeds will benefit the Pre-Vet Medical Association and Pet Peace of Mind. Sign up before April 1 for discounted registration and an event t-shirt.

Where: OSU Student Experience Center
When: 8:30 a.m.
Ages: All
Cost: $15-$20

For more info, visit http://pvmaatosu.zohosites.com/mobile/event-run-down.html.

Heart of the Valley Spring Six
April 28

For the competitive spirited, OSU is hosting a 6k, followed by a 400 meter kids race (6-14 yrs) and a 100 meter dash (6 yrs and under). Participants will receive finishers ribbons, and awards will be given to the top three male and female competitors, in addition to standard age group awards. Those who register before April 16 will receive a softstyle cotton t-shirt. All are encouraged to stay after the event to enjoy a Hi-Performance track meet by college athletes.

Where: OSU Whyte Track and Field Complex (start), Oregon State Track & Field (end)
When: 8:15 a.m.
Ages: All
Cost: $5-$30

Contact hotvrunners@gmail.com for more info.

McDonald Forest 50k
May 12

This ultramarathon was started in 1995 after a few dudes ran a crazy distance and decided to extend the invite. Per usual, this year’s course is not for the faint of heart. It will feature an elevation gain of at least 6,800 feet, as runners soak up views of the Cascades and coast range. Homemade vegan soup, beer, and a bluegrass band will meet runners at the finish line. Registration fees include aid and a t-shirt. Funds are raised for Corvallis area high school cross-country and ski teams. Registration fees increase after March 31, and an early start will take place at 7 a.m.

Where: 8692 NW Peavy Arboretum Road
When: 8 a.m.
Ages: 18+
Cost: $70-$80, $40 for Students

For more info, visit http://www.mac50k.org/.

CARDV’s Mother’s Day Run
May 12

Don’t worry about the speed in your step, since this Mother’s Day run is just as much for walkers as it is for runners. Team registration is encouraged, and the event will feature a Family Fun Fair and free kids race. Participating children will receive ribbons and congratulatory snacks. Stroller are limited to walking courses only. Proceeds from the event benefit the Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence, and will help sustain CARDV’s shelter program, survivor advocacy services, and education program.

Where: Austin Hall Quad, OSU
When: 9 a.m.
Ages: All
Cost: $10-$30

For info and registry, visit https://www.cardv.org/runwalk.

Run for the Hills
June 10

Sear through Bald Hill on the scenic and challenging 30k and 8k trail runs, or opt for the easier 2 mile walk/run, or bring the family for the 1/4 mile kids run. Distance runners will enjoy views along the Mulkey Ridge connector trail and Fitton Green Natural Area. Proceeds benefit the Greenbelt Land Trust trail fund.

Where: Benton County Fairgrounds (south lot)
When: 7:30 – 8 a.m. (30k), 9 a.m. (8k), 9:05 (2mi), 10 a.m. (kids)
Ages: All
Cost: $15-$40

To learn more, visit http://gltrunforthehills.com/.

Mary’s Peak Ultrarun
June 16

Participants at Mary’s Peak can choose their poison: a 25k, 50k, or 50 mile trail run. At 4,097 feet above sea level, runners can relish in being at the highest elevation on the Oregon Coast Range, with challenging and beautiful terrain through Siuslaw National Forest and Starker Forest. A 15 mile bus ride from Blodgett Elementary School will be provided to participants registering for the 50k and 25k.

Where: Blodgett Elementary School
When: 6:30 a.m. (50 miler), 8:15 a.m. (50k), 9:15 a.m. (25k)
Ages: All
Cost: $65-$105

For more info, visit http://www.maryspeaktrailrun.com.

Registration dates and times varies per event. Early registry and arrival is recommended for best prices and chances at swag.
By Stevie Beisswanger
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