Community Services Consortium

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Registration is Open for CSC's Barrel to Keg Relay and Garden Gnome Run!

Race season is approaching soon, and registration for both CSC's Barrel to Keg Relay and Garden Gnome Run races are open!

The 2nd Annual Garden Gnome Run comes up first on Sunday, May 4, 2014. There will be a raffle, cool prizes, Garden Gnome swag, division winner awards, runners in gnome costumes, gnomes in runner costumes, music and refreshments. And yes, there’s even a race!

Take your pick from a 1K, 5K, 10K and, new this year, a 15K race. The flat, paved course follows the bike path in Southwest Corvallis through beautiful Avery and Pioneer Parks. If you run the 10K or 15K, you’ll take a running tour of Starker Arts Park as well.

All entrants receive a Youth House tomato plant and a gnome-themed glass finisher “medal”. Awards are available for the top 3 men and women finishers in each age division. Tech shirts can be purchased for an additional $12.

The Garden Gnome Run is a benefit for the CSC Youth House Garden. Come out to support Benton County youth and sustainable, local food! For more information or to register,

The 4th Annual Barrel to Keg Relay follows on Saturday, July 12, 2014. Starting at the Harris Bridge Vineyard in Philomath, Oregon, this scenic relay goes through the beautiful back country of the Oregon Coast Range, crosses over the majestic Yaquina Bay Bridge and finishes at the famous Rogue Ales Brewery at Newport’s South Beach Marina.

Teams of 2, 4, and 6 runners split the 110K (about 70 mile) distance over 12 legs. Teams of 2, 3, 4, or 6 walkers do about half the distance - the first 3 and last 3 legs, so everyone starts and finishes together. Ultra runners are welcome, too.

All finishers receive a B2K finisher medal. Prizes will be given to the fastest teams in each of six divisions. In addition, special awards are given to Best Team Name, Best Decorated Vehicle, and Most Creative Costumes. Special prizes will be presented to the top three Fundraising Teams who raise the most money for CSC’s poverty-fighting programs! You do not have to participate in the event to have a fundraising team.

For more information or to register, visit

Want to help but don't want to run or walk in the races? Be a fundraiser or volunteer! Contact or sign up to be a fundraiser here!

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