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The start line at the 7th Annual Corvallis Half Marathon on April 9, 2017. This year's 5-kilometer, 1-kilometer and 1-mile races will take place Saturday, with the half marathon on Sunday.

The Corvallis Half Marathon and associated shorter races will take place this weekend.

A new course is planned for the eighth annual Corvallis Half Marathon due to  construction on the Oregon State University campus, race organizers said.

The 5-kilometer, 1-kilometer and 1-mile races will take place Saturday, and the half marathon is on Sunday. Registration for each race will be available during packet pickup.

Packet pickup for the races will begin Friday and will take place from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Running Princess Apparel, 351 SW Madison Ave. Five-kilometer runners can also pick up their packets between 9 a.m. and 10:20 a.m. Saturday at Parker Plaza between Reser Stadium and Gill Coliseum. One-kilometer runners can pick up their packets between 9 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. at the same location. Half marathon runners can attend packet pickup at the same location between 9 a.m. and noon.

The 5-kilometer race will begin at 10:30 a.m. outside the Samaritan Athletic Medicine Center in the southwest corner of the Reser stadium parking lot. The 1-mile and 1-kilometer races will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the same location.

Packet pickup for the half marathon will resume Sunday from 7:30 a.m. to 9:20 a.m. between Reser Stadium and Gill Coliseum. Free parking will be available at the Reser Stadium Parking lot at 26th Street and Western Boulevard. The race will begin at 9:30 a.m. at Reser Stadium.

The first two miles of the half marathon are on OSU’s campus, according to race organizers. After mile two, runners will head to north Corvallis and Walnut Boulevard. At mile four there is a small hill followed by an approximately 1.3 mile gradual climb to the top of Witham Hill. This climb will get steeper as runners arrive toward the top at mile 5.8.

Runners will then hit the fastest part of the course on the 1.4 mile gradual downhill from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park to 53rd Street. Next runners will head to the Bald Hill nature park and to the covered bridge before making their way back to campus and the finish.

There will be four aid stations on the course, which will be stocked with beverages but no food.

Race officials are asking participants to bring used shoes on Saturday and Sunday to be reused or recycled.

For more information, visit http://www.corvallishalfmarathon.com

Lillian Schrock covers public safety for the Gazette-Times. She may be reached at 541-758-9548 or lillian.schrock@lee.net. Follow her on Twitter at @LillieSchrock. 

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