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Civil War Relay
December 6, 2020
The Civil War Relay is a one-day, 52-mile relay race celebrating the interstate college football rivalry between the University of Oregon and Oregon State University, locally refereed to as “The Civil War.” The direction of the route will depend on which school has the home game.
The Civil War Relay has a long history – here is an article about one of the earlier ones that involved Steve Prefontaine.
As this year’s Civil War game is hosted by the Oregon State, so this year’s Civil War Relay will start at Alton Baker Park near the University of Oregon’s Autzen Stadium in Eugene.
The course is divided into twenty-five legs and is rural in nature except for when departing Eugene. After starting, teams will run on the shoulders of the roads crossing through the scenic Oregon country side and small, quaint towns, to the finish line at the track at Linn Benton Community College in Albany.
Each leg is around 2-miles which allows for a quick pace with less down time in case of a classic wet Oregon winter day.