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Huckleberry Half Marathon set for August posted on 07/01/2021

After a one-year hiatus, The Huckleberry Half will once again host runners on a scenic route that showcases the beauty of Mount Hood National Forest while offering plenty of challenge and perhaps a sighting of a Bigfoot or two.

The half marathon will be held on Saturday, Aug. 7 with packet pickup scheduled to begin at 6:30 a.m. The run starts at Welches Middle School and follows the Salmon River in Welches. Runners and walkers can choose to participate in the 5K, 10K, 15K or the half marathon distance categories of the event.

“My hope is that through this 2021 Huck Half, we can get back to the ‘heart’ of running events,” wrote Brady Mordhorst, the Huckleberry Half Race Director, in an email. “Running events used to be great platforms for local towns, nonprofits, youth groups, etc. to bring people together to enjoy running/walking. The smaller size (this year) will create a feeling more akin to the past days of running events.”

This year’s run is limited to 250 and allows more space to soak in the scenery. The 2019 event had 550 participants, but different COVID-19 restrictions during the organizing period for this year led to a reduction in capacity.

This year marks the seventh year for the half marathon. The run strives to benefit the local community and partners with nonprofits in the area.

“We have a variety of nonprofits involved and a good portion of event sales going back to Mt. Hood National Forest,” said Mordhorst. He added that the race gave more than $7,500 back to the community in 2019.

“We love benefiting the local area, if there is anyone who would like free vendor space at our Start/Finish line or any nonprofits that can use fundraising, please reach out to us,” Mordhorst noted. Approximately 50 volunteers from local organizations are slated to help coordinate the run this year.

Registration cost for the event will cost up to $65, depending on distance. Registration includes a custom finishers medal, finisher soft shirt, bib, chip timing and free photos with Bigfoot. There are prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place overall male and female for each distance.

There is no gear check available at the event, but organizers stated parking is close to the start/finish location. Porta-potties will be available at the race start and along the route, as well as several aid stations.

“Our mission this year is focused on getting people back to running after the pandemic shutdown (we’ve greatly reduced our prices, more than $30 less than most Portland area events) and helping local businesses,” said Mordhorst. “If we get people back out running and help businesses recover, we will be happy.”

Mordhorst is also happy to announce that the Huckleberry Half Bigfoot mascots will return this year to cheer on runners and pose for before and after photos.

More details about the run including registration and contact information are available online at https://www.huckleberryhalfmarathon.com.

By Ben Simpson/MT





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