Lizzy’s Story: Get Up and Go

My mother made me participate in some kind of sport every school year. At first, I wasn’t too happy about this. I had chosen Track and Field during Middle School, and it was exhausting running the long distance events. Once I became a freshman in High School, I decided to switch events and give pole vaulting a try. Just for the record, it was the best decision ever. There was less running and more flying.

However, the next school year, I was involved in a car accident. This accident has left me with chronic back pain, which has prevented me from resuming pole vaulting. Instead I was advised to keep running. The best thing for my back was to keep those muscles warm and loose, something that running and stretching would help with.
Since I wasn’t very good at motivating myself to run each day, I decided to take a jogging class. That way, my GPA would depend on me running. This certainly got me into the habit of exercising. The more I ran, the less I dreaded it and the more I looked forward to it. Rain or shine, I was out there every morning.

Those workouts, which got harder each day, truly taught me a lot about myself. I’ve learned that taking the time to motivate myself to go on a run is less effective than just tying on my shoes and going out the door. I’ve learned that I’m fairly good at pushing myself to keep going and finish that last mile. I’ve learned running can be more fun when you have a buddy to do it with. I’ve also learned that running can help calm and clear my mind from stress and worries.

Even though the class has been long over and I’ve already graduated, I still continue to run. I never thought that I could learn so much about myself just by running. Despite the things that have happened to get me to where I am today, I’m thankful for them.

The farthest I’ve ran is a 5K and my new goal is to a run a half marathon. I’m excited to train with my best friend, Samantha and take on this new goal.

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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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