Brady’s Story: Decide Your Own Course

Brady CragunAs I was growing up I always loved sports.  The problem was, I was never in very good shape.  I was able to remain active yet never became a very good athlete.  I realized that my body was keeping me from doing things that I really wanted to do.  My heart was all there.  I would give my all, yet I was still incapable of physically being the athlete that I wanted to be.  It was not until later that I realized this could change.

After my wife and I had been married for a year, we decided to eat healthy and exercise consistently.  Neither one of us was in terrible shape, but that was not the point.  We wanted to FEEL like we were in control of our destiny when it came to health and fitness.  Guess what happened?  It came true.

For the last 3 years, we have tried to eat what we should and have exercised regularly.  It is as simple as that.  I have learned that if ANYONE eats healthy and exercises regularly, they will be in great shape.  For me, it was just a decision to be made.

I am ultimately grateful that I made that decision.  I am proud of myself.  I am confident.  And I am assured that it will remain with me forever.  I have no desire to go back.  If I could sum up the reason behind it all, it would be this…
My fitness is not everything, but it sets the model of who I am as a person.

My body does not hold me back.  Physically, I could do anything that I wanted to do.  It may take me a short amount of time for training, depending on the specific activity, but I know that I could do it.  If a friend wanted me to go rock climbing this weekend, I could.  If I felt a spark to do American Ninja Warrior, I could.  If my wife wanted me to run a marathon with her, I could.  If I wanted to play for a football team, I believe I could try out and would make it. And if my son wanted me to put him on my shoulders and run up the hill by our house, I could.

Everyday, when I work out, I accomplish challenges that are greater than the last.  I can jump higher.  I can run faster.  I can do more pullups than the day before.  It is so much more than working out.  It is me becoming better.  I face fears and overcome them.  I conquer obstacles that I did not know were possible for me, and I develop discipline.

There is something contagious about being fit.  All of a sudden a voice clicks on that says, “If I can jump over that box like I was not able to before, I can certainly go get that job that I was not able to before.  If I can swim farther than I ever have, then I’ll bet I could talk that beautiful girl into marrying me that I was too afraid to talk to before.”  Fears and excuses no longer decide your course…YOU DO!

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All packets that are not collected at the expo will be available at their respective start-lines.  Please plan to arrive at least 90 minutes before your event start. No ID is required to pickup your packet.

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Start Times and Locations
Marathon: 7:00 AM September 18th at Norma Pfeiffer Park in Coburg, OR
Note: Drop-offs are welcome, limited parking at start (see Parking and Shuttles for Race Start below).
Half Marathon: 8:00 AM September 18th at 33325 Wilkins Rd, Eugene, OR 97408
Note: Limited drop-off capacity, if you are dropping off a participant, plan to arrive at least 1 hour before the race. No parking at start. (see Parking and Shuttles for Race Start below)
5K: 9:00 AM September 18th at ​7th & Smith St, Harrisburg, OR 97446 ​(at Harrisburg Middle School)
All races end at the bus turn-around at 7th & Smith St, Harrisburg, OR 97446 ​(at Harrisburg Middle School)

Information regarding start times, parking and other useful information is also available via our interactive race map.

Parking and Shuttles for Race Start
The expo and finish line are in the school bus driveway just east of Harrisburg Elementary School on Smith Street. You can not drive in or park there. There is limited parking at the full marathon start, and there is no parking at the half marathon start. The 5K start is the same as the finish line.

The best parking areas are:
1. Harrisburg High School parking lot on 9th Street (on Friday during the expo, we will be competing with a football game, starting at 7:00, so fill the other areas first)
2. Harrisburg Middle School parking on 6th Street (only on the west side so you don’t block the 5K course)
3. Gravel lot between school bus parking and Middle School
4. On city street north of Smith so you don’t block or congest the race course

On Friday for the expo, we will be competing with a football game, so if the parking lots fill up, just drive a little farther north in town to find open street parking. Make sure to park correctly, and don’t block driveways or fire zones.

On Saturday, parking will be easiest before the full marathon, from about 4:15am to 6:15am. If you are going for the half marathon, go a little early in case the parking lots are full and you have to park on the street (not along the race route).

Catch the Shuttle Early
You can catch the shuttle from the high school parking lot as early as 4:45am on Saturday to the full marathon start line. For the half marathon the early shuttle starts at 6:00am and several others come at 6:30am. There are more large buses than last year, so we hope it will be less stressful for everybody.

If you are staying at either of the host hotels, Hilton Garden Inn Springfield or Life Northwest Harrisburg, the shuttle will pick up on Friday for the expo and on Saturday morning early for either race. Full marathon shuttles start from the hotels at 4:30am from Life Northwest and at 4:45 from Hilton Garden Inn. Life Northwest in Harrisburg, is only 1.5 miles from the high school.

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Packet Pickup
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