Saturday Barrel to Keg Relay

By Alicia James

BarreltoKegRelayFeel like performing feats of strength and endurance for a good cause? The fourth annual Barrel to Keg Relay, hosted by Community Service Consortium (CSC), is scheduled for Saturday, July 12.

This year’s “Race Against Poverty” starts at Harris Bridge Vineyard in Philomath and ends at Newport’s own Rogue Brewery. The epic course winds through scenic back roads of Oregon’s coastal range. Relay teams can include up to seven people. Running troops will follow a 69-mile trail in 14 legs. Walking groups are slated to endure 31 miles in seven legs. Solo athletes are welcome and will be matched with others. Lone wolves who are brave enough to do the entire thing on their own—solo ultra-runners—should come prepared to bivuak. Exchange stations will be staffed, but will not provide food and water.

Volunteers and participants who survive will be treated to a beer garden after-party featuring food, drink, live music, and an awards ceremony at Rogue Brewery starting at 4 p.m. Cots to pass out in may or may not be provided. While the relay is timed, it is not competitive. The fastest teams in each of the six divisions will be recognized. Special awards categories are Best Team Name, Best Decorated Vehicle, and Most Creative Costumes. Sponsored prizes will be given to the top three teams who raise the most money for CSC.

2014 sponsors include Rogue Brewery, Harris Bridge Vineyard, Ultrasonic Events, Odwalla, Samaritan Health Services, Vertebrata Chiropractic, and Oregon Coast Event Rentals, as well as numerous other Oregon-based businesses. Proceeds benefit CSC, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people of Linn, Benton, and Lincoln counties overcome poverty.

Barrel to Keg Relay starts at Harris Bridge Vineyard, 22937 Harris Road, Philomath, on Saturday, July 12. Registration is $85 per person until Friday, July 11. Sign up at