Oregon > Catherine Creek Classic Half Marathon, 1-Mile & 5K
Union, OR • Saturday, August 3, 2013 • Course Map
Ready for a long, gradual downhill descent through some of northeast Oregon's most scenic forests and mountains? You'll definitely have a chance to set a personal record time if you're planning on running this race, as Union's Catherine Creek Classic Half Marathon, 5K and 1-Mile race takes runners on an almost all downhill route that starts in the hills along the edge of the Wallowa National Forest and finishes in downtown Union, 13.1 miles the northwest of the start.
The race typically sees a relatively small field of runners -- at the 2012 running, 148 runners crossed the finish line in all three races combined, including 60 finishers in the half marathon alone. Runners in the half should note that because it follows a point-to-point course that starts 13.1 miles away from town, they'll need to show up at the finish line (where they can also register on the day of the race) at Union High School, where they'll board the shuttle bus to the starting line.
Runners will start the race out on what is known as the Medical Spring Highway, or Route 203, at an elevation of just over 3,900 feet above sea level. From there, they'll follow Route 203 for nearly the entire race course -- following roughly in parallel with Catherine Creek, from which the race gets its name -- running northwest toward Union as the course loses just over 1,100 feet in elevation from the starting line to the finish back at the high school.
Along the way, the scenery will definitely give every runner a chance both to bond with their fellow runners -- as the race field is likely to be in the dozens rather than the hundreds, like larger-city races -- and to take in the natural beauty of the Wallowa and Elkhorn mountains all around. Down the Medical Spring Highway, runners will see a combination of wide-open farm fields on one side of the road while mountains and forests rise up on the other.
There's also a stretch around mile 4 that takes runners through Catherine Creek State Park, whose ponderosa pine trees tower over the creeks and streams that make this park a popular spot for fishing and camping. From there, the course continues on downhill into Union, where there a final few turns on Arch Street, Beakman Street and Main Street before runners hit the finish line back at Union High School.
Registration opens at the high school starting at 7:00 AM; runners will need to board the shuttle bus to the start no later than 7:20 AM.
Race Weather & Climate
Located near the northeastern corner of Oregon, just over 270 miles east of Portland, Union typically sees temperatures in August that average between 49°F and 85°F -- making August the city's warmest month of the year -- while rainfall totals average just under an inch for the month.
On the day of the race (Aug. 3), the average low is 50°F and the average high is 86°F.
View the map for the Catherine Creek Classic Half Marathon
$15 for registrations before race day ($25 with race t-shirt)
$20 on the day of the race ($30 with race t-shirt)
To reserve your spot in the late summer 2013 running of Union's Catherine Creek Classic Half Marathon, 5K or one-mile race, visit the event website.
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