Rotary Club hosts 2023 Half Marathon and 5k


Jake Fischer

A photo illustration of an individual running on the track at Student Legacy Park on March 21st. A half marathon is a total of 13 miles.

David Li, News Contributor

Four different competitive and non-competitive races, including the twelfth half marathon, come to Corvallis this April. 

The events are run by the Rotary Club After Five event on April 15, according to Bob Hazleton, race coordinator.

The four races include a virtual walk, a half-marathon, a 5k, and a family 1k occurring at different times of the day. While registering for the family 1k is free except for on-site registration, participants must pay to register for the other events with the cost increasing the closer you register to the walk.

“We will have a coffee cart which is new and the Oregon Army National Guard will have some sort of bouncing apparatus for kids,” Hazleton said.

Top finishers for the half-marathon and 5k races will be given awards, while the other ones give a finisher medal for all participants.

Four aid stations are included in the half-marathon course distributing water and electrolytes. More information can be found here.

According to Lieutenant Benjamin Harvey, public information officer, event traffic should not be a problem. The event traverses across much of the city, into the county and through a city park. Minor delays may happen when navigating across and through the race course.

“The event does not appear to be any different from other years, which has worked well,” Harvey said. “We ask that people have patience and plan ahead for the delays as appropriate.”

According to Hazleton, delays may happen along 35th Street, and from around 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., 14th and 15th Street as well. For reference, the half-marathon goes from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the 5k run/walk goes from 8:50 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and the family 1k goes from 11:30 a.m. to noon.

The event was started by the Rotary Club of Corvallis After Five as a club fundraiser, which has netted over $350,000, according to Hazleton.

The money has been donated to local non-profit organizations such as Linn-Benton Food Share and to the Rotary Club’s local and international efforts, which includes various humanitarian projects in pursuit of their mission to provide service to others, promote integrity and advance world goodwill and peace, among other goals.

These projects include ending polio, providing aid after a natural disaster, supporting education and more.

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