We always celebrate the winner of the race, the one who trains hard and runs the fastest. For some, though, it's not about how long it takes. It's more about being there and getting to the finish line. Sometimes what really matters is the cause the race benefits. This weekend on the North Coast, there's a race for everybody. So grab your running (or walking) shoes, and join the fun at one of these events!
Part of the Oregon Brewery Running Series that's aimed at getting people outside being active, Fort George Brewery's 5k Fun Run – Run for Beer, Astoria is not your typical race. There's no one keeping time as you run or walk through town on sidewalks and trails, so take your time to reach the finish line where a beer (or soda) awaits. Enjoy live music and family-friendly activities on Saturday, July 13, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Fort George Brewery and Public House in Astoria.
There will be more serious runners competing to win the City of Long Beach Tinker Half Marathon. This out-and-back race starts at the Bolstad Approach at 8 a.m. on Saturday, July 13. There's plenty to enjoy while running along the historic Lewis and Clark Discovery Trail in Ilwaco. Breathe in the fresh, coastal air. Compete in this event while exploring the forests, wetlands and coastal dunes that make up the beautiful Long Beach Peninsula.
For those who have survived cancer, Seaside's Relay for Life is as much a victory celebration as it is a memorial to loved ones lost to cancer. The American Cancer Society's signature fundraiser brings communities together to take action against the disease. Join those who are healing, fighting, remembering and walking at the 26th Annual Relay for Life at Seaside High School starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 13.
Another amazing running event this weekend is the North County Recreation District's Beach Walk & Run at Manzanita. Participants can choose to enter the noncompetitive 5K walk, a 5K or a 10K run, and there's a 1-mile fun run for kids. The scenic route along Manzanita Beach features breathtaking views of Cape Lookout and Neahkahnie Mountain. Listen to the sound of the waves and breathe in the sea-salty air as you run. The events start at the end of Laneda Ave., beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 13.
On a slightly different note but equally as important, how will you fuel up for these heart-racing events? Whether you want pre-race energy or a post-run recovery meal, the EVOO Dinner Show Experience fits the ticket. And the delicious levels of flavor and fun make it the reward you deserve for committing to these races. At this interactive dinner show, chefs from the EVOO Cannon Beach Cooking School instruct, entertain and inspire you through their tantalizing preparations of sustainable ingredients, all served up for spectating diners to enjoy. Learn about flavors, foods and wines as you make your way through the three-entree meal, each dish paired with a complementing wine. Dinner shows are held 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays each week.
All photo credits to EO Media