With the autumn chill in the air and all the leaves turning, do you feel a burning desire to curl up in a blanket and smell a book? Well don’t, because there are scenic, boozy adventures waiting for you around every bend.
These regional October marathons are sure to bring out your inner child and competitive (or noncompetitive) nature – giving participants a range of fun including costume competitions, insane inflatables, prizes, and medals – all while keeping the belly at bay this holiday season. Not to worry, there will be plenty gluttonous offerings; some registration even comes with free beer. A word of advice – bring your IDs, and get creative with that witchy sh*t.
October 2, Condor 25K Trail Run
This year marks the 5th annual Condor 25K Trail Run, in memory of Dave “Condor” Bateman, local ultrarunner who passed away in 2011 due to complications after heart surgery. This 15-and-a-half mile run reaches a 2600’ vertical climb and equal descent along the beautiful logging roads and trails of the McDonald Forest. Racers take flight bright and early, at 9 a.m. from the Peavy Arboretum, and there will be three aid stations along the way with complimentary GU Energy Gels, GU mixed hydration drinks, and refreshing H2O.
Race-day registration is possible, however early birds can register online for $45. Proceeds go to the Oregon State University Research Forest Fund for trail maintenance and construction, and a portion goes to Bateman’s immediate family.
To learn more about Bateman and his legacy, or to find directions and registry info, visit http://condor25k.org/.
October 9, The Great Pumpkin Run
Prepare your costumes for this year’s 26th Annual Great Pumpkin Run, featuring food, beer, music, friendly competitions, and raffle drawings. Sponsored by the Calapooia Brewing Company and Home Life Inc – a residential facility for intellectually and developmentally disabled adults – proceeds benefit said residents, and the event includes a 1K obstacle course, one 5K and one 10K marathon.
Participants 21 and older with valid IDs will receive a free beer upon registry. $15 t-shirts will be available for purchase, and a costume contest will award the top male and female competitors in each age group as well as the best team costume. Online registration prices range from $17 for the 1K Obstacle Fun Run and $40 for the 10K.
Registration and Packet Pickup begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Benton County Fairgrounds, 110 SW 53rd St., Corvallis, where runners take flight at 9 a.m. Strollers are allowed, but please no dogs, roller skates, blades, boards, or bicycles. For more information, go to http://
October 16, Beaver Feaver Triathlon and Duathlon
Embody that school spirit and register now for OSU’s upcoming annual Beaver Feaver Triathlon and Duathlon, beginning Sunday, Oct. 16, at 9 a.m. Launched in 2003 as a fundraiser for the Beavers team, the event now encompasses a triathlon of running, swimming, and cycling and a duathlon of just running and cycling.
The bike course involves a scenic 20-mile ride with a two-mile hill climb, while runners loop twice around the Philomath High School cross country course, and swimmers race 500 yards in the Philomath community pool, before transitioning to a .21 mile run.
Pre-race briefing, packet pickup, and registration will open the day before the race, Oct. 15, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Philomath Middle School. Prices vary between scheduled events -— the duathlon costs $60 for individuals, $85 for duos, and $105 for trios upon pre-registry, with a deadline of Oct. 12, while race-day registrations costs an extra $5 in each category. Pricing increases for participants in the triathlon. Register before Oct. 1 if you wish to purchase a $10 t-shirt, available in men’s sizes S-XXL in neon pink, neon orange, or black.
Day of race registration — for the Duathlon only — open Sunday, Oct. 16 at 7:30 a.m. Duathlon and 1st wave triathlon participants kick off at 9 a.m. An award ceremony will commence at noon and 1 p.m., for duathlon and triathlon participants, respectively, after nine waves of competitors finish up.
October 22, Hell of the Northwest 25K/10K Trail Run
Hell of the Northwest is unique in that it offers lush waterfall views through the trails of Alsea Falls in Alsea, Oregon. The race includes a Half Marathon reaching 2100 vertical feet and a 10K, with a 1000 foot elevation gain. With Halloween around the corner, participants are encouraged to adorn their costumes and will even receive a $5 discount upon registry. The best dressed woman, man, and junior (under 18) will be awarded.
A BBQ will be available to participants, with extra meals costing $5 each. Gray long-sleeve tees will also be available for purchase before the Half Marathon begins at 9:30 a.m from Alsea Falls Recreation Center. The 10K kicks off at 10 a.m.
Prices for the Half Marathon begin at $45, or $50 after Sept. 30. The 10K costs $35 or $40 after the 30th. Registration closes Friday, Oct. 21 at 6:59 p.m. No refunds are allowed, but transfers to future calendar years will be granted given medical emergencies. Register at https://ultrasignup.com/
October 22, The Insane Inflatable 5K
The Insane Inflatable 5K is worth traveling to Salem’s Oregon State Fair and Exposition Center, Saturday, Oct. 22. Boasting itself as the world’s largest and most extreme inflatable obstacle course, this 5K guarantees those who register custom-made tees, medals, and runners bibs, as well as access to their Insane Midway, full of games, music, and food.
There’s no minimum age to register, though participants must meet a height requirement of 42”.
Registration costs $65 by Oct. 7, $65 by Oct. 21, or $75 on race day. A $5 military discount is offered, and participants can pay $100 for an All Access pass, which includes $20 worth of merchandise credit, a special colored wristband, and grants buyers the freedom of running in any of the six waves of races – even at capacity. Spectators are free and all parties are welcome to bring lawn chairs and blankets.
The first wave begins at 8:30 a.m. and the event ends at 11 a.m. Suggested arrival time for participants is one hour prior to designated wave. The Insane Inflatable 5K is sponsored by Runtastic, and is a proud supporter of the American Cancer Society. For details, visit http://insaneinflatable5k.com/
By Stevie Beisswanger