Save the Date! There’s a New Race in Town!

Posted by TravelCoosBay on July 11, 2017

First Annual Charleston Salmon Run and Crab Walk

Be Among the First Runners to Participate in the Charleston Salmon Run and Crab Walk October 7th, 2017

Photographer: Don Luce


There’s a reason why runners love to travel to Oregon’s South Coast. Not only is this home to one of Oregon’s greatest sports legends, the late Steve Prefontaine, our region is filled natural amenities ideal for training like challenging hills, trails, temperate weather and coastal beauty that can’t be found anywhere else in the country.

Every September, runners from all over the world travel here to compete in the Prefontaine Memorial Run, a challenging 10K road race across one of Steve Prefontaine’s training courses here in Coos Bay. In addition, the South Coast Running Club, founded in the early 1970’s, organizes 10-12 annual events with attendance of 50-500 people.

Our newest addition to the annual race calendar, the Charleston Salmon Run and Crab Walk, will kick off it’s first race on October 7th, 2017!  This unique race offers something for runners and non-runners alike.  Everyone from seasoned marathon runners to couch potatoes can benefit by participating.

The inaugural race will begin and end in Charleston Oregon. Participants will run along amazing scenic routes along rugged sea cliffs and sandy beaches. “As you wipe the sweat from your brow make sure you take a moment to soak in the beautiful scenery and listen for the sea lions bark,” it says on the event website. “They will be cheering you on.” Proceeds from the race will benefit Octoberfish, Bay Area Chamber of Commerce and Relay for Life.

Charleston Salmon Run and Crab Walk at a Glance

  • Salmon Run Full Marathon 26.2: Take your racing to the next level as you complete this challenging, yet breathtaking marathon with ocean views that are unlike anything else. Runners start the race at sea level and reach 575 feet at the course’s highest point.
  • Salmon Run 1/2 Marathon 13.1: Walkers and runners will enjoy the 13.1-mile course as it winds through breathtaking ocean scenery. The half marathon is situated in one of the most scenic areas on the Oregon coast, runners will pass through the beautiful Bastendorff Beach, Sunset Bay State Park and along Cape Arago and magnificent vantage points. 5.5-hour time limit. Walkers allowed.
  • Salmon Run 10K: A 10K run has been described as the runner’s perfect distance. The Salmon Run has a 10K included for that very reason! Runners will pass through the beautiful Bastendorff Beach.
    3 HR time limited. Walkers allowed.
  • Crab Walk 1M: This is the event for all ages! Come enjoy the festivities and participate in the 1 mile fun Crab Walk. Walkers will stroll on though the historic Charleston Marina, home to one of the largest commercial fishing fleets in the state of Oregon.