By Robert Husseman • Sports Editor • 

Runners high up in the hills

Frieda and K.T. Miller sold 130 acres of Yamhill Valley forest in 2004 to the Yamhill Soil & Water Conservation District with the idea of preserving the land and educating Yamhill County residents on conservation.

With the inaugural Miller Woods Trail Race this Saturday, Yamhill SWCD intends to give runners an up-close and personal look at the park and its mission.

“To me, it’s just pride in what we have in the gem and contributing to its upkeep,” said John Spencer, the Trail Race director and a member of the Soil & Water Conservation District’s Natural Connections board.

Two races will take place Saturday along the trails around Miller Woods: a 1-mile kids’ race, beginning at 9 a.m., and a 4-mile all-comers race that begins at 9:30 a.m. Prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers overall and in specified age brackets.

“We didn’t want anyone to cross the road or be in contact with cars,” Spencer said. “We added new trails so wouldn’t come in contact with the roads.”

The event is cast as a fundraiser for Miller Woods and the Natural Connections board, whose members will receive a discount in signing up for the race. (The cost is $30 for adults and $10 for kids; Natural Connections board members will pay $15 for adults and $5 for kids.) Funds will be spent on future trail and facility improvements around Miller Woods and educational opportunities, according to Spencer.

A raffle will be conducted on-site and a mobile gift shop will be set up.



What: Miller Woods Trail Race
When: Saturday, 1-mile kids’ race at 9 a.m.; 4-mile race at 9:30 a.m.
Where: Miller Woods
Conservation Area, 15580 Orchard View Rd.,
Cost: $30 for adults, $10 for kids
Natural Connections members: $15 for adults, $5 for kids
Information: Call 503-472-6403
Email raceinfo@miller
Register at

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