The Course


Cheadle Lake Park, Lebanon, Oregon

The 6th annual Runaway Pumpkin Half Marathon will take runners and walkers on an out-and-back loop course that unfolds along the banks of the Santiam River; giving participants a 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. The 8K portion of the event also provides runners and walkers with a serene, countryside experience. The beautiful Santiam River meanders along part of the 8K route. See below for a map of each of the race routes.

Runners and walkers (as well as volunteers, sponsors, and spectators) who participate in the race help to support a worthy local cause, as 100% of the race proceeds and sponsorship gifts are donated to the ABC House, a Child Abuse Assessment Center. ABC House is a locally-based, non-profit that handles as many as 700 cases of child abuse and neglect each year in Benton and Linn Counties.

Half Marathon Course

The race course will start on Weirich Drive near the shore of Cheadle Lake;  37919 Weirich Drive, Lebanon, OR. From there, Half Marathon runners and walkers will follow a counter-clockwise loop route that heads north into Lebanon, along River Drive, Russell Drive and Franklin Street before turning on Oak Street to head up to East Grant Street. Once they make it to East Grant, runners then head over the river across the bridge, past River Park.

Once over the river, participants turn right onto Berlin Road and remain on Berlin for about the next five and a half miles, making their way up a very gradual uphill stretch over the miles along the river. Most of the rest of the course keeps runners and walkers along the river (except for a stretch between mile markers 7 and 8), as participants cross a second bridge around the mile 9 marker and head into Waterloo. Once they make the turn at Waterloo, the course then brings them northwest back toward Cheadle Lake Park to the finish line.

The scheduled starting time for the Half Marathon is 9:00 AM. Runners and walkers will need to be able to complete the race’s 13.1 miles within 4 1/2 hours. The race will be limited to 1,500 total Half Marathon and 8K participants. See map below for course outline.

8K Course

The race course will start inside Cheadle Lake Park; 37919 Weirich Drive, Lebanon, OR. From there, 8K runners and walkers will follow River Drive along the Santiam River, meeting up with the Half Marathoners on Weirich Road and back to the finish line at Cheadle Lake Park.

The starting time for the 8K will be somewhere around 10:00 AM (official start time TBA). Runners and walkers will need to finish the course by 1:30 p.m. The race will be limited to 1,500 total Half Marathon and 8K participants. See map below for course outline.

course map 2016