Surrounded by mountains to the west, east and south, this city in the heart of western Oregon’s Willamette Valley plays host to the annual Corvallis Half Marathon, which saw nearly 1,000 runners and walkers cross the finish line last year on a route that takes runners on a tour of the full variety of scenery this city has to offer.
Corvallis lies in the valley within a couple hours’ drive of many of Oregon’s more well-known cities — like Portland and Salem to the north, and Eugene to the south — and is the home of the campus of Oregon State University.
Famed for its recognition as one of the nation’s best college towns, the city also lies within a day’s drive of some of Oregon’s most dramatic and gorgeous natural attractions, including skiing in the nearby mountains and the Oregon coast less than 50 miles away.
Runners (and walkers — the race is open to both) follow an out-and-back loop course for the half marathon that starts and finishes on the Oregon State University campus, near Reser Stadium, the home field of the OSU Beavers of the Pac-10 NCAA football conference.
From there, runners then head out on a tour around the southeastern corner of the campus, and then head west along Campus Way all the way through the heart of the OSU campus.
The course exits campus while runners remain on Campus Way, and then crosses 53rd Street on the way toward Bald Hill Natural Area, a 284-acre park that’s a favorite of locals for its gravel and dirt trails that take walkers, hikers and runners from the base of the hill all the way to the top. Along the way, the trails pass through a number of wooded areas and wide-open prairies, where plentiful wildflowers bloom in the spring.
After heading into the Bald Hill Natural Area, runners turn right at the base of the hill and follow the winding path through the park all the way northward to Oak Creek Drive, and they make their way along the first of the race’s two big uphill stretches as they head through Bald Hill. The incline, thankfully, is a gradual one, rising about 100 feet in elevation over the course of the mile through the park area.
Next, runners then turn off Oak Creek Drive and left onto the bike trail that runs parallel to Walnut Boulevard, which they follow northward all the way to Martin Luther King Jr. Park, as the course offers up its second big hill.
Here the trail becomes a sidewalk, which runners continue on along as they cross over to the other side of Walnut until reaching Aspen Street, where they turn left and follow the road as it winds past Chipinefa Springs and Timberhill City Park, after which it begins the long straightaway stretch back down toward the OSU campus for the race finish.
Race Weather & Climate
Nestled in the heart of western Oregon’s Willamette Valley, just over 80 miles south of Portland, the city of Corvallis typically experiences mild to moderately cool and drier weather conditions than the preceding winter months, when area precipitation is heaviest.
On race day (April 9), the average low is 39ºF and the average high is 59ºF.
- 2016 Corvallis Half Marathon Results
- 2015 Corvallis Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Corvallis Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Corvallis Half Marathon Results
- 2012 Corvallis Half Marathon Results
- 2011 Corvallis Half Marathon Results
- $45 – $80 for the half marathon
- $20 – $40 for the 5K
To reserve your spot in the 2017 running of the Corvallis Half Marathon, register online at SignMeUp.com here.
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