Named after the abundance of berries available on Mount Hood and organized to raise funds for the local Kiwanis camp, the Huckleberry Half Marathon is now five years old and still running strong.
This year's event is set for 7 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, at Welches Middle School, 24903 E. Salmon River Road, and will end with a group get together at a beer garden hosted by the Zigzag Inn, 70162 Highway 26.
"It's kind of a little fun, laid back run," event coordinator Breanna Nickila noted. "People tell us all the time that it's the most beautiful run that they do."
The Huckleberry Half's route is all on roadways, traversing around the Resort at the Mountain and ending with a loop along the scenic Salmon River.
"I have a love for running," Nickila said of her inspiration to start the event. "(And) there's definitely a strong running presence in Sandy."
Registration is $35 for the 5K run, $45 for the 10K and $69 for the half marathon. Each registered participant will receive a wooden Big Foot finishers medal, a Big Foot insulated cup, one free beer from the beer garden and a free photo shoot with the marathon mascot, the big huckleberry purple Big Foot himself. Commemorative T-shirts will be available for purchase.
"It's an easy drop-in run," Nickila added. "The runners are my favorite part of it. From year to year, the runners that come out are so awesome. They're so sweet and inspirational."
For more information about the event, visit huckleberryhalf.com.