Oregon’s first running club has been an integral part of the running scene since 1969 when the club was formed to promote health and fitness through the sport of running and walking. The club was named the Southern Oregon Sizzlers until 2007 when a name change was initiated to more easily identify what the club is about.
The club is a not-for-profit organization with quarterly business meetings open to the public where we plan the races and deal with the distribution of race funds to charity and for the purchase of other items for the races themselves. The original colors that still ring in our club are patriotic in nature; red, white, & blue. These colors have been worn proudly in events spanning our nation, including the U.S. Olympic Trials. The first race organized by the club was a Fourth of July, 10 miler in Eagle Point. We were born, on Independence Day. Two other events were established early on and continue to be two of the oldest road races in Oregon: Stage Coach and Pioneer. Pioneer is the only event held on the original course since it’s initial running in 1971.
Over the years, the club has provided many races and fun runs, including two national championships, a Master’s 25 km & a Master’s Marathon.
Members receive quarterly newsletters from the club and the national organization, Road Runners Club of America. They also receive discounts on merchandise from several local running stores. The main benefit is that of belonging to a community-oriented organization while pursuing one’s hobby of running/walking.
The camaraderie that the club founders sought has grown stronger and more exciting among today's Southern Oregon Runners. We also like to give each other a well-meaning kick in the pants! Whether you are a beginning runner or an experienced cross-country athlete, we've got the race for you! We can also always use volunteer help or business sponsorship, so email us if you are interested! All of our race directors are volunteer club members.
Southern Oregon Runners is committed to supporting local youth running. All race proceeds are donated back to the community. Race directors, who are volunteer club members, choose the cause their race proceeds support. Contributions include:
SHOES FOR STUDENT RUNNERS
We started this program to provide proper running shoes for students who are interested in running but can’t afford them. The goal is to remove financial barriers and make this sport we love accessible to students.
LOCAL YOUTH RUNNING PROGRAMS
Many race directors chose to donate race proceeds to local high school, middle school, and youth running programs. Allowing the programs to purchase necessary equipment, travel to competitions and purchase uniforms.
PEAR BLOSSOM SCHOLARSHIP
Over $100,000 in college scholarship monies have been awarded since 1985 to graduating Jackson County high school seniors who have been active in cross-country or long distance running. Winners are selected for running ability and academic standing plus recommendations from teachers and coaches.