Jenni’s Story

My big love for running began when I was going to school in Hawaii. I took a general fitness education class that required us do some kind of moderately intense physical activity for at least 30 minutes a day for 5 days a week. The “easiest” activity for me was running.

I started out with running the required 30 minutes a day, but by the end of the semester I was running, at times, for more than an hour. I had not only developed the habit of running regularly, but I had learned to love it. Of course, running in beautiful Hawaii surely made it a little easier. I also found that running helped me de-stress. I remember after a couple of intense weeks of finals, I took a particularly long run to help me relax. It felt so wonderful. I felt like I could just run and run and run.

I ran fairly consistently during my college years. Then, with marriage and 4 children, my good habit sort of fizzled out. Particularly when, after my second child, I discovered I had some sort of knee problem which only allowed me to run for about a mile with out pain. That was very discouraging. I tried other kinds of fitness activities, but nothing gave me that “super high” feeling that always came from running. I tried strengthening my legs and knees with exercises, I switched to lighter weight running shoes, and somehow, just in the last year or two, I was able to overcome the knee issue and run longer distances again. It felt so good to run again, and I did not want to take for granted the ability I had regained to run longer distances.

I am not very good at achieving goals, but this year I decided to run a half marathon, something I had never done before. With the support of family, and especially a good friend who ran the long runs with me and encouraged me along the way, I was able to accomplish that goal on May 2, running the Pacific Northwest Half Marathon. After all the long hours of training, it felt great to be able to run that long of a distance!

The greatest benefit, however, came as I trained for the marathon. Making this goal forced me to be more consistent with running. It forced me to follow the training plan so that I would feel prepared to run the race. That was very good for me. I had to get up and run even when I didn’t feel like it.

In June of that same year, Jenni went on to complete her second half marathon at the Dam Marathon in Oakridge, Oregon. She still loves running with her family.

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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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