It’s Your Journey

Share Your Fitness Story

Share Your Story: Win Hundreds of Dollars Worth of Prizes!

January through March 2018

Help Us Promote Health and Fitness in Your Community

We aim to have 400 new marathon or half marathon runners participate in our races this year. Will you be one of them? Help us achieve this goal by making a fitness resolution and sharing it. Wherever you live, whatever your interests and fitness level, you can change your life and help others along the way!


Grand Prize: Free Entry for Pacific Northwest Marathon or Half (transferable) Plus free lodging in town when you come to the race! 
Second Prize: Free Entry for Pacific Northwest Marathon or Half (transferable)
Third Prize: $50 Dick’s Sporting Goods Gift Certificate
Fourth and Fifth Prize: TBA 

 Previous Contest Winner, Natalie Rassmussen

Share Your Story In 4 Simple Steps.

STEP ONE: Set a fitness goal for 2018.
It can be any fitness goal that is important to you. It should include specifically what you want to achieve, the date you want to achieve it, and how you are going to achieve it.

STEP TWO: Write your goal and share it with us on our Facebook page.
Do this step right away, so you can start to feel it becoming a reality in your life. Post your written goal here to our page and in other places where you will see it regularly. Put your thoughts to work for you by repeating it in your mind over and over.

STEP THREE: Write a plan, and work to achieve your goal.
A great man once said “…faith without works is dead, being alone…” Although writing down your goal is a powerful act of faith in and of itself, you need to plan and work in order to accomplish it. When you share your plan with us, you will not be alone. We will all be routing for you!

STEP FOUR: Report back to us by the end of March.
Even if you have not entirely completed your goal, you can still do this. As you work to achieve your goal, your life will change in meaningful ways. We want to know about it. Write a story about yourself and post it to our Facebook page. Who are you, and what brought you to your life-changing decision? How are you progressing toward your goal, and what do you feel about it?

Remember, your story is the most powerful tool you have to help others achieve their goals. Put some thought into it, revise, re-write, and edit. The better you express your story, the more you will help others…and you might win a prize, too!

Judges Choose the Winners

 After reading all the fitness goals and stories, our team will choose their favorites and vote for the winners. We will contact you if you have won, and we will announce the winners on our Facebook and website.

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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
Packets are available at the expo only.  If you cannot have your packet picked up for you at the expo click the button below to notify our packet crew.