Silver Falls Half Marathon

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A few years ago I read about this race in Silverton, Oregon.  The description touted numerous waterfalls and even running behind them.  Combining waterfalls, running and Oregon…I was in.  Logistically, living in South Florida this race was going to take some doing.  It took me a couple of years, but courtesy of some Southwest reward points, my husband and I made this race happen.  It did not disappoint.   For a Floridian, the 48 degree running temps take some getting used to but it’s such a relief from our oppressive heat.  I never really broke a sweat.  My husband took the photo above as we passed behind one of the 7 waterfalls we saw.  How awesome is a running trail that goes behind a waterfall?

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Silver Falls State Park

The only real negative I could give would be the stairs you have to run up toward the end to ascend from the Canyon.  South Florida is really really flat and although we have stairs, I tend to stroll up them.  Let’s just say I need to add some stair/hill work into my running  training.  It’s on the to do list.

My husband has been a vegetarian for ten years.  On most of our traveling, he’s relegated to grilled cheese or pizza.  However, in Portland, the world is your vegetarian oyster.  We dined on outstanding meat-free food all through the city.  I love Oregon.  If you’re thinking about a destination race, I couldn’t recommend this more.  Silver Falls Half and Full Marathon.  

Be sure to follow up the race with a visit to Cannon Beach and Astoria.  You can see all the sites of the Goonies movie.  Yes, I’m a child of the 80’s.

Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach, OR

Haystack Rock, Cannon Beach.

Looking for One-Eyed Willie and Chunk.

So what’s the best destination race you’ve done?

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