The first sanctioned marathon in Coos County is fast approaching.
The inaugural Charleston Salmon Run is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 7, with events also including a half marathon and a 10-kilometer race, as well as the 1-mile crab walk.
All races start and end in Charleston and the various runs all follow scenic routes including stretches along rugged cliffs and sandy beaches.
The marathon starts at 7:45 a.m., with the half marathon starting at 9:30 a.m., the 10K at 10 a.m. and the crab walk at 10:30 a.m.
The deadline to sign up for the marathon or half marathon is Oct. 5 (no raceday registration). People can sign up or learn more at www.charlestonsalmonrun.com.
The event is sponsored by Western Oregon Advanced Health and will benefit the Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, Relay for Life and Octoberfish (the Charleston food bank).
The marathon will feature an extremely challenging course, starting with a 7-mile climb up Seven Devils Road in the direction of Bandon and then a trip out to the end of Cape Arago State Park and back to the start area.
The half marathon does not include a stretch on Seven Devils Road, instead featuring a trip out to the end of Cape Arago. The 10-kilometer race will take runners through the Bastendorff Beach area and back. The 1-mile salmon walk stays within the Charleston area.
The entry fees are $69 for the marathon, $54 for the half marathon, $25 for the 10K and $10 for the crab walk. A T-shirt is included in the entry fee for all three of the running events and the marathon and half marathon finishers also will receive medals.