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Run away on Oregon’s Adventure Coast – the perfect place to lace up your shoes and hit the pavement, trail or sand.

What makes Oregon’s Adventure Coast a runner’s paradise? For starters, there’s some storied running history here. Coos Bay is the birthplace of Steve Prefontaine , possibly one of the best distance runners ever. It was here that Pre gained his love for running, where he honed his skills and where he trained to race himself to the top of the pack.

Oregon’s Adventure Coast is also home to unparalleled terrain for running – think ocean views, forested mountains, charming neighborhoods and parks galore. Looking for a scenic easy loop with Pacific Ocean vistas? We’ve got that. A longer, more challenging run to get you up to speed for the annual 10K Prefontaine Memorial Run? No problem. How about a weekly run with a group of friendly folks who love to get out and active with like-minded runners. With the South Coast Running Club, we’ve got that too. 

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A run for everyone

Oregon’s Adventure Coast is a fantastic place to get your running miles in. You can hit the pavement in downtown Coos Bay, tread the trails from Sunset Bay to Cape Arago, jog lightly around the peaceful shores of Lower Empire Lake, or jump into any number of annual organized runs.

Running with the Locals 

When visiting the Coos Bay, North Bend, and Charleston area, adventure-seeking travelers have the opportunity to connect with the pulse of the community through an exciting activity: Running with the Locals! Each week, there’s a chance to join the locals for a midweek Hump Day Run on Wednesday evenings or an invigorating Thursday morning run. It’s a fantastic way to lace up your running shoes, hit the road, and discover the heart and soul of the destination. So, when planning your vacation, make sure to mark this experience on your itinerary—it’s a run you won’t want to miss!

Running with Pre

Fans of renowned Coos Bay long distance runner Steve Prefontaine  can check out a few attractions in the area related to him, including a bronze plaque of Pre at the Coos Bay Visitor Information Center, the Prefontaine Gallery at the Coos Art Museum, which showcases his awards and memorabilia, and the stunning Pre Mural in downtown Coos Bay.

TOUR DE PRE: Learn more about Steve’s early years, see where he trained, and follow his footsteps on a Tour of the Coos Bay area conducted by his sister, Linda. The Tour de Pre is for small groups and is booked directly with Linda Prefontaine.

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Short List of Races

Oregon’s Adventure Coast offers an exhilarating experience for avid runners and outdoor enthusiasts. The rugged coastline, lush forests, and diverse terrain provide the perfect backdrop for challenging and scenic races. Participants can test their endurance on winding trails that meander through towering trees and embrace the refreshing coastal air.

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Roseburg to Coos Bay Relay

April | 68 Mile Run or 24 Mile Walk

This is a beautiful course on quiet country roads along a river featuring waterfalls, big trees, and serious hills.  This is a 68-mile, 5 person running team or 24-mile, 4 person walking team. Staggered start depending on predicted finishing time.  The slowest running teams (or those who want to get more value for money) will start at 6AM.  Runners start at KPIC-TV parking lot in Roseburg, walkers start in Laverne Park, Coquille. The race will finish at the Coos Bay History Museum. Click here for race information.

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Circle the Bay

August | 30K (18 Miles) 3-Person Relay or 1-Person Run

Experience the ultimate individual or team challenge at the “Circle the Bay” on Oregon’s Adventure Coast. This race is a 30K (18 mile) that can be run as a 3-person relay or 1-person 30K run. For the team challenge, gather your running buddies and take on a scenic journey around the bay, passing the baton in this relay race of camaraderie and breathtaking views. From the crisp sea air to the coastal landscapes, this event encapsulates the essence of coastal Oregon’s natural beauty, making it a must-run race for both locals and visitors. Click here for race information. 

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Sunset Trail Run

September | 1/2 Marathon, 15K, 4-Mile Trail Run, 1-Mile Beach Fun Run

This race is a hilly and scenic trail along the scenic Oregon Coast.  A very challenging course for the longer distances and the views will take what breath you have left away.  Seriously, this race has it all, killer hills through the woods, an amazing mostly flat cliff section where you’ll see sea lions, ocean rocks, the deep blue sea, and if you’re very lucky, a passing whale. Click here for race information.

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Annual Prefontaine Memorial Run

September | 5K, 10K, Fun Run & Wheelchair Run

Celebrate the legacy of a running legend at the “Prefontaine Memorial Run,” a race that pays homage to the legendary Steve Prefontaine. Held in the beautiful landscape of Oregon’s Adventure Coast, this event invites athletes to honor Prefontaine’s spirit and determination by pushing their own limits. Whether you’re a seasoned runner or a novice, this race is an opportunity to channel your inner Prefontaine and embrace the passion for running that he inspired in so many. Join us in remembering a true icon of the sport and experience the thrill of running in his footsteps. Click here for race information.

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Run Whiskey Run

October | 1.5 Mile, 5 Mile or 10 Mile Trail Run

If you have ever wanted to take to the trails at Whiskey Run, but not on a mountain bike, this is your chance! The South Coast Running Club invites runners for this one-of-a-kind run through our now famous, world-class, single-track mountain biking trail system - cordoned off specifically for runners for this race. Run this World-Class Single-Track Mountain Biking Trail - Rolling, Smooth, and Oh So Loamy! Click here for race information.

If you’re curious about other races happening in our area, the South Coast Running Club’s calendar is your go-to resource. It’s packed with exciting events that’ll keep you on your toes and connected with fellow running enthusiasts!

Stride & Supply: Lace Up with Our Running Club and Gear Shop

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South Coast Running Club
PO Box 1001
Coos Bay, OR US 97420
Phone: 541-260-3298

Founded in the early 1970’s, SCRC is a volunteer based, non-profit club. They are a member of the Road Runners Clubs of America, as well as an active participant in their local community. They organize 10-12 annual low cost events with attendance of 50-500 people, and pride themselves with welcoming all to participate. They maintain an annual memorial scholarship to the high-school and college youth in our community and many of their events support a local charity. Visit their calendar for all the details.

Wild Coast Running Co.

Wild Coast Running Co.
145 S. Broadway
Coos Bay, 97420
(541) 808-9700

Established in 2020, Wild Coast Running Company is local to the Southern Oregon Coast, specializing in providing quality athletic/running shoes, apparel, and accessories. Not a runner, not a problem. They serve those who stand on concrete all day, have mobility issues, or enjoy activities such as cross-training, walking or hiking. They also are avid community members, coaches, volunteers, and runners. They enjoy serving you wherever you are in your fitness journey.

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(541) 269-0215
50 Central Ave, Coos Bay, OR 97420

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