Salem to Host Inaugural “Spirt of Oregon” Half Marathon, Oct. 7

Runners of all abilities are invited to take part in the Spirit of Oregon Half Marathon – a new running event that starts and ends at the Oregon State Capitol Building in Salem on Sunday, October 7.

The Spirit of Oregon Half Marathon – part of the Oregon Half and Full Marathon Series – begins at 7 a.m. in front of the Oregon State Capitol Building. The 13.1-mile route takes runners across the campus of Willamette University, through beautiful Bush’s Pasture Park and past many of Salem’s historic landmarks and homes, and back to the Oregon State Capitol. Following the race, participants are invited to relax, celebrate and enjoy OR-Toberfest, an after party featuring Oregon beer, wine and food samples.

There will also be a 5K run starting at 7:15 a.m. and a kids’ half-mile run starting at 9:30 a.m.

“Pretty much all of the capital cities in the US have a major half marathon that starts and ends at the capitol building, but Salem did not,” says Jason Jacobson, event organizer. Jacobson is a Salem resident and owner of Titanium Racing, Inc., which produces similar running events in the Bay Area. “Our mission is to inspire our community to ‘get up and running’…and what better way to do that than with a new kids’ race, 5K and Half Marathon that showcases our city’s beautiful neighborhoods and the Capitol Building and Mall.”

The cost to participate in the Half Marathon is $70 per person if registered by July 31 and includes a long sleeve tech tee, finisher medal and admission to the after party. A portion of the proceeds will benefit local charities, including Isaac’s Room and the Salem Fire Foundation.

The Spirit of Oregon Half Marathon is sponsored in part by Courthouse Fitness, Gallagher Fitness Resources and Travel Salem. To register and for more information, go to

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