Big Ballyhoo Salem 5k Run/Walk and Festival

What’s the big ballyhoo about running in Salem?  Come one, come all to the Big Ballyhoo!  The festivities kick off with a classic 5k foot race, and continue through the day with 3 stages of bands, buskers, magicians, fire spinning and tasty tonics. Come for the run, and explore the festivities all day.

What’s the Big Ballyhoo Salem 5k?  It’s a 3.1 mile run/walk starting at the beautiful State Capitol State Park, going across closed streets and through Willamette University. 

The roads do not close often for races in Salem, but they will be for a short time for this exciting celebration of summer.  After the race, The Big Ballyhoo Festival, an event of eclectic excitement will commence with food carts, beverages, and various activities for the whole family.

There will also be an alternative transportation rally near the Salem Bus Mall. After the race, the stage for the magicians will be bicycle-powered.  Want to take a turn?  More information is available at

Date: Sunday, August 30, 2015

Time: 10:30am

Location: State of Oregon Capitol Mall, 900 Court Street

Pre-registration Fee: $15.00 

Day-of-Race Fee: $20.00 cash/check

Packet pickup available from 8:30-10:00am

Timing Format: Webscorer Timing

Age Group Awards

Course Map:

Volunteers: You are needed! Great events don’t happen without help. If you are available to help, please email [email protected].

Double-up! Have you ever done a double-race festival weekend? Here’s your chance, as Saturday 8/29 is the Midcentury Mile and Sunday 8/30 is a 5k, both starting from the Oregon State Capitol.

 Free parking is available under the Capitol Mall. Enter on Chemeketa Street.

Fundamental Racing is a Salem-based run promoter. We put on SIMPLY FUN races that are based on the overall experience, not necessarily t-shirts or manufactured SWAG.  Distances and locations vary according to our whims. Same with the music, or drumming. Awards are generally original and organic.

August 30, 2015


Aug 30 2015 : Light rain until afternoon, starting again overnight.
17.2°C - 22.9°C (63.0°F - 73.2°F)

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The information about this race is based on information provided by the organisers or found on the official website of the event. Always check the official website for up-to-date information. If you have noticed any mistake, let us know at [email protected]


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