Sun February 17, 2019 Directions

Sunday February 17, 2019
10:00am start for all 3 races

Noble Mountain Tree Farm - Located on Bethel Heights Rd NW

Important Details:
No Dogs or Strollers allowed - For Safety Reasons.

Packet Pickup Begins at 8:30am.  No Day of Race Registration.

All Race Courses close at 12:00 PM.  You must maintain an average pace of 12:40 per mile to complete the 15k Run.


Club Member Discounts

All current members of the Willamette Valley Road Runners Club will save $5.00 on their entry fee.  Join WVRR or Renew today!

Heart of the Valley Runners (Corvallis) and Team GFR Training Plan Members also receive $5.00 off their registrations. Joining a club or training plan saves you $$$.

**NEW** Age Based Discounts

All Participants 19 and Under receive a $5.00 break on pricing! Club Members 19 and Under save $5.00 more!

Noble Mountain Tree Farm - 5115 Bethel Heights Road NW - Salem, OR 97304
51st Annual Zena Road Runs Start/Finish Update

Through a special arrangement provided by Noble Mountain Tree Farm, we will use the heated Noble Mountain building for both pre-race and post-race activities. 


Packet Pickup and a warm, dry place to stretch out before the race.  PLEASE NOTE:  There is a capacity of 350 total participants across the three distances.  IF we reach capacity before race day, there will be NO Day of Race Registration.  Register early to save your spot!

  • Enjoy a complimentary 5-ounce pour from a selection of Eola-Amity wineries (for those over 21 who wish to partake).
  • Sparkling Cider option provided as well.
  • Post-event food options from The Kitchen on Court Street, downtown Salem.
  • Fresh fruit from Roth's Fresh Markets.
  • Free snacks from KIND.
  • Age Group Awards for all three races!
  • Win a coffee can of quarters - as we re-enact the original entry fee + registration process.  (Remember to bring a quarter!)

Noble Mt inside

Parking at Noble Mountain Tree Farm:

Plenty of parking is available at Noble Mountain Tree Farm on Bethel Heights Rd, adjacent to the Start/Finish Line.  Parking area pictured below (holds over 350 vehicles).  No shuttling necessary this year!

Please plan accordingly!  The race will begin on time and packet pickup will close promptly at 9:45am.  Budget your time wisely.

Noble Mountain Tree Farm
5115 Bethel Heights Rd NW, Salem, OR 97304

Parking area at Noble Mountain Tree Farm


Commemorative Stemless Wine Glass with Entry!
All race participants and volunteers receive a unique stemless wine glass.

You can't hang it on a hook or around your neck. But you can use it all year, consume any beverage you like, and toast the oldest race in Oregon!

2019 Zena Wine Glass

2019 T-Shirt Design (optional at additional cost)
DEADLINE TO ORDER SHIRTS:  Sunday Feb 3, 2019.
Long-Sleeve unisex technical fabric race tee.  Size range: XS-XXL.

Please Note:  Race tees are not included in race price.  Cost: $22.00 each.  Approximate color pictured below:

2019 T-Shirt Color and Design

The Willamette Valley Road Runners Club (WVRR) is a member of the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA). This race is fully insured and we promise a safe and exciting race day.  Read more about WVRR and what we do to support running events and high schools in the Willamette Valley.  This event will help fund the West Salem High School Cross Country and Track & Field Programs.

3 Mile

3 Mile Route Description

The 3 Mile Route for the 2018 Zena Road Runs. Leaving the Noble Mountain Tree Farm parking lot, run east toward Bjornson Winery on Bethel Heights Rd to the turnaround at 1.5 miles and return to the start.  Nearly all gravel road and packed dirt road surface.  Still a hilly out and back, but overall much "flatter" than in past years!

Link to MapMyRun 3 Mile course map, elevation, and description.

6 Mile

6 Mile Route Description

Leaving the Noble Mountain Tree Farm parking lot, run west on Bethel Heights Rd past Bryn Mawr Winery to a turnaround at Bethel Heights Winery at 1.5 miles. Return passing the start/finish at 3 miles and continue east on Bethel Heights Rd (gravel road) to the turnaround at 4.5 miles near Bjornson Winery and return to the start.

It's an out and back both ways, includes both paved and packed gravel road surface.  Still a hilly route, but overall much "flatter" than in past years!

Link to MapMyRun 6 Mile course map, elevation, and description.


15K Route Description

For 51 straight years, this 15k Loop has defined the Zena Road Runs.  THIS YEAR the start/finish is at Noble Mountain Tree FarmThe total distance returns to a 15k.

Link to MapMyRun 15k course map, elevation, and description

You must be able to complete the course in 2 hours or less (12:40 per mile average). We kindly ask your cooperation with the time restriction set in place by the Polk County permit that the race must abide by.

This course provides all the challenge and beauty of running in Oregon Wine Country. The route passes 10 different wineries and a number of the most famous vineyards in the Eola Hills wine region.

Race Contact Info

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Race Website

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In Memory of Chuck Bowles, Founder of Zena Road Runs

A Bit of History:

In 1969, a number of runners - mostly Willamette University Cross Country and Track runners - lined up for the first annual Zena Road Run at the corner of Zena Road and Spring Valley Road. Head Coach, Dr. Charles J. Bowles (Chuck), wanted to create an event that would test his student-athletes and provide a road race for the local running community.

There was a race fee - day of race registration only: Toss a quarter - yes, $0.25 - in a coffee can and line up. There was official timing: Coach Bowles hand-held analog stopwatch recorded every runner's time. There were official results: Hand-written on a clipboard and typed up later at Willamette University. Results were mailed out to all finishers. First class postage was only $.06, so the race fee covered it easily.

A few things have changed in the last 51 years. Well . . . more than a few things. These hills were covered more in Christmas Tree farms back then. There were no vineyards. But this race and it's 9-Mile+ loop have endured. It remains a challenge to any runners willing to give it their best effort.

Chuck lived in the area. Much of the current route was a common "Sunday morning training run" during the off-season for his athletes. The training runs always finished with a big breakfast cooked up and served by Chuck and his wife, Barbara, at their home. Dr. Bowles ran this route himself for many years and loved this area. Dr. Charles Bowles passed away on December 30, 2005, but his name and memory will be forever connected to the Zena Road Runs.


Noble Mountain Tree Farm - 5115 Bethel Heights Road NW - Salem, OR 97304


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