5K Fun Runs, Half Marathons, Marathons, Duathlons, Triathlons …. why do you race? Is it to keep in shape? Maybe it’s a social thing you do with friends? How about the great t-shirts? (Ahem, the author raises her hand for this last choice.)
Really, it doesn’t matter why you race. What matters is that you do race and that we have some great events on the run calendar. The Lewis-Clark Valley provides a beautiful scenic backdrop for a number of races each year – here’s a few of our favorites:
- 35th Annual Seaport River Run in April
Part of the Annual Dogwood Festival of the Lewis-Clark Valley, this 2.9 mile or 10K Fun Run course follows the banks of the Snake and Clearwater Rivers.
- Run For the Hill of It in May
An 8 mile course that climbs a 2000′ elevation up the famed Old Spiral Highway on the Lewiston Hill.
- Mt. Misery Mania Relay & Solo Run in July
This a serious 57 mile run through the Umatilla Forest. Starting at Asotin Creek Canyon, the course ascends to an elevatin of 6194 feet between Mt. Misery and Mt. Horrible, descends to the Grande Ronde River and Grouse Flats then plunges down the Wenaha River to Troy.
- 16th Annual LC Valley Marathon, Half Marathon and Doc Sears 5K in October
All three runs start at Chief Looking Glass Park in Asotin and follow the Greenbelt Trail along the Snake River in Washington with the full Marathon course continuing into Idaho along the Clearwater River.
Part of the fun of running is a good carb-load. If you’re hunting for pasta, look no further than Tomato Bros. for Spaghetti Bolognese, Fettuccine Alfreda or Spaghetti Marinara – all available as gluten free entrees, too!
If you come, don’t forget the camera – we’d love to see a picture or two of your race getaway! You can share it with us on the Hells Canyon Visitor Bureau Facebook Page or give a shout on Twitter to @HellsCanyon.