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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.
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 50 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.
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 $$$.
All Participants 19 and Under receive a $5.00 break on pricing! Club Members 19 and Under save $5.00 more!
We encourage carpooling. When the St Innocent/Zenith parking reaches capacity, all vehicles will be directed to park 3 miles away (pictured below).
Please plan accordingly! The race must begin on time and packet pickup will close promptly at 9:45am. Budget your time wisely.
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!
Please Note: Race tees are not included in race price. Cost: $22.00 each. Purchase is optional during registration signup.
Through a special arrangement provided by St. Innocent Winery and Zenith Vineyards, we will use this phenomenal indoor banquet hall 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!
Additional race information can be found at http://wvroadrunners.org/zena.html.
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St. Innocent Winery and Zenith Vineyards - 5657 Zena Road NW - Salem, OR 97304Open in External Application
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