On May 17, hundreds will gather at Sollevato Vineyard in Junction City to test their endurance against one of the state?s most daunting 5K obstacle courses. Old tires, teetering stacks of hay, Christmas trees, mattresses, and other obstructions litter The Rad Run?s course, along with lots?lots?of mud. Race participants of many fitness levels and as young as age 14 scramble across, under, over, around, or through each obstacle. Once they cross the finish line, they can check out photos of their journey snapped by LaDuke Photography, and can take a well-earned trip to the beer and wine garden, where a DJ will be doling out 80's hits throughout the festivities.
Awards winners are announced throughout the day after each heat, and there are plenty of things to do in between each presentation. Beer, wine, and food will be available for purchase all day. Racers also will receive bananas, chocolate milk, doughnut holes, bagels, and other snacks to replenish any fuel spent on angrily shaking their fists at haystacks. A kids? tent will keep tots occupied with face-painting, craft activities, and a chance to meet the Oregon Duck, Sluggo, Raddie the Rad Rabbit, and other mascots. The entire event benefits six local nonprofits, including Lane Blood Center and Mascots for a Cure.
In their 85th season, the Harlem Globetrotters have entertained millions of parents, children, and general basketball admirers with a unique brand of athletic precision and showmanship. For their latest 4 Times the Fun North American tour, the Globetrotters will add new 4-point shot spots located 35 feet from the basket, which is 12 feet farther than the official 3-point line but several thousand miles closer than the prime meridian.
The Eugene Generals’ deftly sharpened skates flash across the slick surface of Lane County Ice Arena as players battle other USA Hockey Junior A hockey teams in pursuit of the Cascade Cup. With a roster 20 players deep, the Generals perform feats of puck wrangling in front of cheering spectators, mascots, and renegade pucks of all ages as the young stars prepare to compete in college and professional leagues across the country. Special events throughout the season stir up additional excitement with free giveaways. Fans replenish energy depleted from repeatedly starting the wave at the snack bar and quench parched throats at the on-site beer garden. Groupon holders for the first two options receive vouchers for hats or T-shirts when picking up their tickets, picking up the team-pride accessory of their choice at the merchandise counter.
The Lane County Fair, first run in 1859, fills the August air with live music, enticing aromas, and the twinkling lights of carnival rides. Gain inspiration for future shower concertos with performances by Tommy Tutone, Nashville's Eric Church, and Creedence Clearwater Revisited, formed by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame rhythm section of Creedence Clearwater Revival, all of whom headline the lengthy list of mainstage performers. Biwheeled vehicles reach new heights in the Boost Mobile Freestyle Motocross Tour, and the eight All-Alaskan Racing Pigs trot merrily around their sawdust-covered track as bystanders watch. The fair's many carnival rides, including the new ground-dwarfing Vertigo, a brightly-colored adrenaline enhancer that cradles heights seekers in swings and whisks them up 100 feet high for a towering view of the lights below, attract revelers and seatbelt fanatics alike ($0.50/ticket, rides take multiple tickets). Local farmers and craftspeople await the bestowment of ribbons as they display their skill and handiwork in numerous exhibitions.
Celebrating its 35th anniversary, the American String Quartet's dulcet combination of viola, cello, and dual violin has been hailed by the New York Times as the "picture of ensemble unity." On May 15, the bow-drawing foursome sets the air particles of Soreng Theater swaying to chamber pieces from three legendary composers. The concert commences with Haydn's precisely wrought Quartet in G Major before the stormy sounds of Beethoven's Quartet in E-flat fill the theater with smiling cartoon rainclouds. The afternoon swirls to a finale with Ravel's sensual Quartet in F Major.