Veterans’ Services revitalizes PNW Cross Country Championships

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High school boys race
High school boys race

On Saturday, October 27, more than 400 attendees joined Chemeketa at the Pacific Northwest Cross Country Championships.

Runners aged 5 to 55+ participated in eight competitions including male and female elementary, middle and high school races, a Commanders Cup for members of the armed forces and emergency services, and a race open to all others.

High school girls race
High school girls race

After a hiatus in 2017, what began as a 5k road race for veterans supporting Serving Our Veterans at Home (SOVAH), the Pacific Northwest Cross Country Championships morphed into a more inclusive, large-scaled event thanks to the work of Chemeketa’s Veterans’ Services Coordinator Jon Terrazas.

“We took the event off the road and put in on a cross country course at Corbin,” says Jon. “Corbin has a beautiful course that embodies the PNW and we wanted to attract a plethora of teams from across the region.”

Re-imaging this event helped it grow from 115 participants in 2016 to 412 in 2018 with all funds raised being split between Chemeketa’s Veterans’ Services and SOVAH’s effort to expand its services to Chemeketa students.

In addition to funds, this race helped position Chemeketa and its Veterans’ Services as a resource to the community and helped build relationships between Chemeketa and community organizations, including Corbin University. Plans are already underway for 2019.

Thank you to the event sponsors: United States Army; B Fit, PT Northwest; Association of the United States Army; Party Doctor (DJ); Willamette Valley Appliance; and Travel Salem Sports.