Friday, February 21, 2014



(We had to postpone the race due to COVID 19 restrictions)

Since the Butte Challenge has been such an important fundraiser and support for Hermiston Cross Country we are continueing with the Butte Challenge. Yet, since we cannot meet in large groups we are doing it as a virtual race. This still allows you to support and join us for this event. The great thing is you can do the regular Butte Challenge loop or you can do it anywhere. How does a virtual race work?
 To do a virtual race you will sign up at this site ( You will have 3 days to do the distance that you signed up for, and you can do your run/walk anywhere you desire (you can do the usual Butte Challenge course if you want to) There are two ways to submit your time. There is an app that you can download on your phone. The app will track your run/walk and automatically download it to the website. If you do not want to do the app you can run/walk and then go to and submit your time. You have to submit your time between 12:01 Friday June 19th and 11:59 PM Sunday June 21st. 
To get further explanation of how a virtual race works and information about the app go to 

You can also purchase a shirt, bib and bracelet for $15 when you register.

Please send me pictures of your run. Send them to
Hermiston Cross Country runners handing out water and goodie bags at finish line



Hermiston High school cross country team.

Technical Tees available for purchase for those who order before June 6th

* This year we have a family package deal for those families (immediate family) that want to do the run together.

The Butte Challenge is the most established community walk/run in Eastern Oregon.  It was started 21 years ago by Jeanne Jewett, and with the generous support of the East Oregonian, Hermiston Herald, countless sponsors and volunteers the event has grown each year.  

Runner in final stretch of the 2018 Butte Challenge.

Now, in its twenty first year, the Butte Challenge is the #1 fundraiser for the Hermiston Cross Country Program(Girls & Boys, Middle School & High School, JV & Varsity).  All profits from this event benefit youth running in Hermiston. 

Enthusiastic participants in the largest field assembled in Butte Challenge history embark on the challenge.

On behalf of the Hermiston Cross Country program, thank you for supporting us by participating, volunteering, and/or donating to the Butte Challenge.

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