The 2024 Pear Blossom Run Set to Break Previous Records
MEDFORD, Ore. — The 2024 annual Pear Blossom Run in Medford is set to break previous attendance records, with thousands of South Oregon residents registering for the event on Saturday, 13 April. Those wishing to participate can register at the Rogue Valley YMCA or at https://rvymca.org/pearblossomrun/.
Annual Event Finances Scholastic Scholarships
The Pear Blossom Run is Medford YMCA’s primary fundraiser, with college scholarships worth more than $130,000 awarded to high school seniors from Jackson County since 1985. Recipients must participate in long-distance or cross-country running events and are chosen for both their athletic abilities and academic achievements. The YMCA also relies on teacher and coach recommendations.
Participants must collect their bibs and race material at the Rogue Valley Family YMCA on Friday, 12 April, from noon until 7 pm. The YMCA is at 522 West Sixth Street, Medford.
Medals will be awarded for the 5 Mile and 10 Mile Race, while Mayor’s Cup fun runners will all receive ribbons.
The Pear Blossom Run Program
All races start from Oakdale and West 8th Street
- 7 am: 5 Mile Run
- 7:50 am: Mayor’s Cup 1-Mile Fun Run
- 8:20 am: 10 Mile Start
- 8:30 am: Mayor’s Cup 2-Mile Fun Run
A highlight of the event is the Free Pancake Feed and Open House at the YMCA from 8 am to 10.30 am.
Course and Time Limits
- 5 Mile time limit is one hour (flat, fast course within Medford city limits
- 10 Mile time limit is two hours and 40 minutes (flat, fast course with one hill)
- Mayor’s Cup 1 and 2 Mile is on a flat course within Medford city limits
The Mayor’s Cup raises funds to provide membership and program scholarships that enable the community, irrespective of income, to enjoy the Y’s activities.
5 Mile Run – the first male and female across the finish line receive a $100 gift certificate. There are awards for walkers.
10 Mile Run – the first male and female across the finish line receive a $250 gift certificate. There are no awards for walkers.
Mayor’s Cup – the highest-placed Elementary School wins the Mayor’s Cup Trophy, and the top three finishers also receive prizes. The highest-placed Elementary Class wins a cash prize.
Water stations will be available every 2.5 miles, and restrooms will be available at intervals along the course, at the YMCA, and at the start-finish line.