The Prefontaine Memorial Run is next weekend, and this year has special designation as the Road Runners Club of American Oregon State Championship 10-kilometer race.
RRCA championship medals will be presented to the top overall masters (40-49), grandmaster (50-59) and senior grandmaster (60-and-over) champion for both men and women.
The race starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16, in downtown Coos Bay and is held in conjunction with the Bay Area Fun Festival.
A separate 5-kilometer high school race starts at 9:45 a.m.
People can still register for the race. The fee is $30 for those who sign up by Sept. 13 and $40 after that date and includes a race T-shirt. Online registration is encouraged on the race website at www.prefontainerun.com, but people also can pick up registration forms at the Coos Bay Information Center, Farr’s True Value Hardware and Nasburg Huggins Insurance in Coos Bay.
Awards for the 10K will be presented to the top three male and female finishers in five-year age groups. The awards ceremony will be held adjacent to the finish line on the Prefontaine Track at Pete Susick Stadium.
The high school race has been a popular meet for several years and this year 30 teams had signed up by this week, including South Coast squads Bandon, Brookings-Harbor, Coquille, Gold Beach, Marshfield, Myrtle Point, North Bend, Pacific and Reedsport.
The annual race leads to the closure of a number of roads during the morning of Sept. 16.
The route starts at the corner of Fourth and Anderson in downtown Coos Bay. Anderson Avenue will be closed from Broadway through Seventh Street. Runners will head up Central Avenue to Ocean Boulevard and out Ocean Boulevard to the Shore Pines Mobile Home Park before returning toward downtown on Ocean Boulevard. They will turn toward Marshfield High School on 10th Street, then Elrod Avenue and Ninth Street, finishing with nearly a complete lap on Prefontaine Track.
Those various roads will remain closed during the race.
Residents are encouraged to support the runners along the course.
For more information on the run, call Bob Huggins at 541-267-3165.