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Run, bike and hike your way through Salem and the Mid-Willamette Valley

Kara Kuh | 03/27/2019 | Fall, Outdoors, Salem Area, Seasons, Spring, Summer, Trails, Willamette Valley Activities , Winter

Whether you’re looking for a leisurely 5K, a competitive multi-sport race or a 100-mile ride through the country, you’re likely to find it in the Salem and Mid-Willamette Valley area. Here are some of the top races, runs and rides to take part in this year: 


Monster Cookie Metric Century – April 28, 2019 

Partake in one of the Salem Bicycle Club’s annual rides! For more than 40 years, the Monster Cookie Metric Century Bicycle Ride has taken riders on a mostly flat, 62-mile course from downtown Salem to Champoeg State Park and back. This year’s features the classic 62-mile ride and a 34-mile ride for those looking for a shorter route.  

River 2 Ridge - May 5, 2019 

Paddle, bike and hike from downtown Salem to the iconic Silver Falls State Park at Salem’s River 2 Ridge RelayCompeting either as an individual or a team, the 52-mile course will take participants on a scenic stretch of the Willamette River, past fertile farmlands and behind waterfalls.  

Willamette Valley Marathon, Half Marathon, Relay & 10K - May 19, 2019 

Starting at the Oregon State Capitol, Willamette Valley Marathon runners will tread through the heart of downtown Salem before hitting the beautiful banks of the Willamette River and crossing into Wallace Marine and Minto-Brown Island parks. The race will also offer half marathon, relay and 10K options, followed by a wine festival in Salem’s Riverfront Park.  

Legacy Estate Vineyard Run – June 2, 2019 

Participate in one of six race events happening at Eola Hills’ Legacy Estate. From a grueling 5K and 10K loop to a race straight to the top of the vineyard hill and a half-mile kids run, there are courses for a variety of skill sets.
Before and after the events, there will be camping, yoga, food, music and wine tasting.  

Spirit of Oregon Half Marathon & High Street Hustle 5K & 10K – Oct. 6, 2019 

Run through the streets of downtown Salem, past historical attractions such as the Oregon State Capitol and Bush’s Pasture Park, at the Spirit of Oregon Half Marathon. If the half marathon isn’t for you, compete in the High Street Hustle 5K or 10K - an annual Salem favorite that is moving to October this year to operate in conjunction with the marathon. Stick around after the race for OR-Toberfest, where each finisher will receive a sampling of local beer, wine and food. 

To plan your trip to Salem, click here.  

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