Runaway Pumpkin Half Marathon

Saturday, September 29, 2018 • Lebanon, OR • Course Map

Set for its 8th annual running here in this small western Oregon city, the Runaway Pumpkin Half Marathon takes runners on an out-and-back loop course that unfolds along the banks of the Santiam River, offering chance to run along either side of the river and make a pair of bridge crossings before heading back in to the race finish line.

Runners (as well as volunteers and spectators) who come out for the race will also help to support a worthy cause for local area residents, as proceeds from the race and sponsorship gifts will be donated to the ABC House Child Abuse Assessment Center, a locally-based nonprofit that handles as many as 500 cases of child abuse each year.

The course for the race will start on Weirich Drive near the shore of Cheadle Lake. From there, runners will follow a clockwise loop route that heads north into Lebanon, along River Drive, Russell Drive and Mountain River Drive. Runers then take Franklin St. north before the three mile mark.

Just past the 4 mile mark, runners head back south on Berlin Rd. for the bulk of the race along the Santiam River. Turning onto Plagman Dr, runners hit the southern most point of the course just after the 9 mile mark.

The course then takes runners back onto River Dr. for the 10th and 11th miles back to the finish line along Weirich Drive.

The scheduled starting time for the race is 9:00 AM, and runners will need to be able to complete the race’s 13.1 miles within 4 1/2 hours. The race also will be limited to 1,500 runners.

Race Weather & Climate

Nestled along the banks of the Santiam River in western Oregon, about 35 miles south of Salem and roughly 80 miles south of Portland, Lebanon typically sees mild weather in September, which has brought record temperatures here as low as 31°F (in 1983) and as high as 101°F (in 1988).

On race day (Sep. 29), the average low is 43ºF and the average high is 71ºF.

Past Results

Course Map

See the race route map for the Runaway Pumpkin Half Marathon here.

Starting Time

  • 9:00 AM


  • $55 – $85 for the half marathon
  • $35 – $50 for the 8K


To reserve your spot in the 2018 running of the Runaway Pumpkin Half Marathon, register online at here.

Official Race Website


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