If you haven't tried obstacle racing, maybe this is the year to give it a whirl. Your options are plentiful as there are a number of Spartan events on the calendar in the Pacific Northwest and surrounding states.
The Super Fast Half, held Saturday, June 29 claims to be one of the fastest half marathon courses in the country while the Super Marathon, held Sunday, June 30 is a Boston qualifier course with a qualifying rate of over 34 percent.
The Bend Beer Chase and the Boulder Beer Chase are one-day, six-person running relays in Central Oregon and the foothills of the Rockies.
Labeled one of the most unique and scenic wilderness relay courses in the United States, the Wild Rogue Relay has runners tracing the wild Rogue River through the Cascade Mountains to the Oregon coast.
The mountainous Tillamook Rainforest in Northwestern Oregon is steeped in history, most notably, the legendary “Tillamook Burn” forest fires that consumed 355,000 acres of colossal old growth forest from 1933-1951.
Challenging yourself is often the best way to stick to any training plan. The Pacific Northwest Half & Full Marathon Series has several challenge options if you’re willing to tackle a number of races this season.
The 52nd Annual Zena Road Runs, put on by the Willamette Valley Road Runners, takes place Sunday, February 16, 2020.
Escape the wet and cold of the Pacific Northwest and head south to enjoy all that Napa Valley has to offer. The Napa Valley Marathon and Half Marathon is set for March 1, 2020.
The Canyon Rumble Frozen Half is a trail race through Willow Canyon in Madras, OR, held Saturday, December 7. Racers can choose between the half marathon, 10K, or 5K routes which all follow the same course.
According to Seattle Parks & Recreation, a local realtor named Ravenna Park after “an Italian seacoast town that was famous for its pine trees, where poets, warriors, and statesmen once strolled in a state of euphoria.” The PNW Ravenna Park serves as a nature retreat for city dwellers and also hosts the Ravenna Refresher trail races held on November 16.