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Half Marathon

We hope that this Half Marathon will be the highlight of your season. The race starts off and travels on paved roads with miles 1 through 3 venturing past a golf course, wooded forests and a nice view of the Willamette river. Miles 4 & 5 will take you through some neighborhoods in this quaint little town with the gem awaiting you at mile 6. At about the 5 1/2 mile mark, you will quickly understand why this race is called the Canby Dahlia Run. It is at this point that you run through 40 acres of dahlia fields, basking in all the splendor of these beautiful flowers. As you turn left down the driveway to Swan Island Dahlias (the largest dahlia farm in the country), there is a grass path that you will turn down and literally run in between the fields. Yes, we will be taking pictures of you here!

The race continues (miles 6-8) to wind around through town on flat surface streets until hanging a right onto the old logging road. It is on this stretch (miles 8-10) where there are no cars, so feel free to let your mind wander and enjoy the experience. There is a slight incline at about mile 8 1/2 where the course goes up and back down over Highway 99e. From this point to the end of the race, you’ll be reminded, “I’m not in Portland anymore” because nothing says ‘you’re in the country’ like running past wheat fields, farm houses and maybe passing an occasional tractor or two.

Mile 10.75 there is a steep hill that lasts about 1/8 mile which besides the 8 1/2 mile mark, is the only hill to speak of. Water stations are also available at miles 1 & 3, 4.75, 7, 8, 9.5, 11, and 12.

As you approach the finish line you will be greeted by a welcoming friend…….a 1/4 mile downhill stretch to the finish. I can’t think of a better way to end 13.1 miles but with a downhill finish. Whew!

Once you cross the finish line, you will be adorned with a medal as well as a beautiful cut dahlia to remember your journey.

Run / Walk

The race starts off with a bang as you quickly approach the old logging road at mile 1. This is a nice stretch (miles 1-3) because there are no cars for you to have to compete with (watch out for bunnies though). There is a moderate hill at mile 1.5 that goes up and over Highway 99e, but the good news is that you get to go right back down on the other side.

From this point to the end of the race, you’ll be reminded, “I’m not in Portland anymore” because nothing says ‘you’re in the country’ like running past wheat fields, farm houses and maybe passing a combine or two.

Mile 3.75 there is a steep hill that lasts about 1/8 mile which besides the 1 1/2 mile mark, is the only hill to speak of. Water stations are also available at miles 1 & 2.5, 4, and 5.

As you approach the finish line you will be greeted by a welcoming friend…a 1/4 mile downhill stretch to the finish. I can’t think of a better way to end 6.2 miles but with a downhill finish. Nice!

You will be adorned with a medal as well as a beautiful cut dahlia to remember your journey.

THE 10K COURSE DOES NOT GO THROUGH THE DAHLIA FIELDS (TO SEE THE DAHLIA FIELDS, YOU’LL HAVE TO BUMP UP TO THE HALF MARATHON, OR DRIVE TO THE DAHLIA FIELDS AFTER YOUR 10K RACE).

Age Divisions & Awards

Every Individual that participates and completes the race of either distance will receive a beautiful fresh cut dahlia and a commemorative Canby Dahlia Run medal. Individual medals of honor will be given to the top 3 men and women in each age division, so be sure to stick around for the awards ceremonies!

Age Divisions

19 and under   |   20-29   |   30-39   |   40-49   |   50-59   |   60-69   |   70+

Awards Ceremony

10k   8:45am   |   Half 9:45am

Frequently Asked Questions

YES! Uberthons is timing the race with results available immediately.
The course is open for the Half & 10K until 11am.
Friday, August 26th from 2:30 – 6:30pm & Saturday, or Day of Race from 6:00am – 6:45am at  2350 SE Territorial Rd • Canby, Oregon 97013
Yes, you can register with cash or check the day of the race if we have under 700 runners (we will communicate online when that has happened). Please note: Registration will close at 6:45am.
Great question! You can ‘like’ our Facebook page here to stay in tune with any changes or updates that we may need to communicate to you.
We do not allow switching up, 10K to the Half, as that would require you to make up the difference at the race day price and we won’t have access to how much you paid initially on race day. However, we do allow runners to switch down, Half to 10k, if they need to do so. Just be aware that no refunds will be made in this situation. Your extra funds will go into our donation to the charities that we support.
Registration is non-transferable and non-refundable. We wish you could make it, but if you already registered but can’t make it on race day, we appreciate your donation to the charities that we support.
The past few years the weather has been in the low/mid 70’s at start time with the heat starting to build up (80) by 10:15-10:30.
The starting line and finish line are both at New Life Foursquare church.
If you have a question that is not answered on our website or Facebook page, please feel free to email canbydahliarun@yahoo.com
It is relatively flat with a couple hills (see ‘course description’) but nothing to be freaking out about.
See the map and the course description for the specific locations of the water/gatorade stations as well as port-a-potties. There are real restrooms available as well as 8 port-a-potties at the start/finish line.
Parking is limited. We encourage you to carpool with a friend. Stay tuned for updates though as if registration fills up beyond parking capacity, we may have a park-n-ride option available at on off site location.
We love your dogs, too, but please leave them at home for this race. Thanks!
Great news! Not only is the race wheelchair and hand cycle friendly it is also friendly for barefoot runners also.

Registration is Now CLOSED!

Canby Dahlia Run registration is now closed. Prices are as follows:

Half Marathon $50  |  10k run/walk $40.

After 6/19
Half Marathon $55  |  10k run/walk $45

Click the shoe to get registered today!

Volunteers Welcome and Needed!

Canby Dahlia Run is a large operation and our volunteers are the backbone of our operation, in fact they are some of the most important people leading up to the race and on race day. We would love to have your participation and volunteerism!

Click the hands and heart to sign up to volunteer!

Benefiting Charities

Wilderness International

Wilderness International is a nonprofit conservation group that exists to encourage everyone to care for, experience and enjoy God’s amazing creation. Our members, supporters, friends and participants enjoy the great outdoors in many ways.

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The Canby Center

We exist to demonstrate God’s love by offering assistance in life skills, health, faith, education and recreation.  We provide relief and establish relationships in order to bring real life changes for youth and their families in the Canby School District.

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Operation Snuggle

Operation Snuggle’s mission is to make fleece tie blankets for every anonymously identified homeless student in the Canby School District. Over the past 6 years we have expanded to include Molalla School District, North Marion School District, and Reynolds High School.

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