There can’t be a much better way to wrap up a tough long run in the cold than a cup of hot chocolate. They have them, and it has extra meaning, as you can get a mug for $5 and all the proceeds will go toward Bonnie L. Hays Small Animal Shelter. This shelter is located in Hillsboro and will allow you to get all warm while helping a little warm and fuzzy creature.
From a personal standpoint, I am entered in the 25K. I have not done a race longer than a half since I did a full marathon when I was 18. The last time I tried to run around the lake I stopped a couple miles short because I got hungry. Hopefully with proper fueling leading up to the event that will not be a problem. Ideally I will be able to keep it under seven minute pace and run with the leaders, but the main priority is to just finish without bonking.
Runners can also opt for the $60 VIP Package, which will support Banks High School athletics. BHS is providing 10 volunteers on each day of the race, too. The VIP Package includes a parking pass for the Sain Creek Parking Lot, a bottle of wine from Winter’s Hill Vineyard, access to the VIP Porta-Potty, a Hagg Mud beanie, an extra pair of Hagg Mud finisher socks, and a Hot Chocolate for Puppies & Kittens mug.
ORRC Hagg Mud 50k & 25k Trail Runs
When: The 50k is on Saturday, February 15 and the 25k is on Sunday, February 16
What time: The 50k early start is at 7a, regular start at 8a. The 25k start is at 9a
Where: Sain Creek Pavilion at Hagg Lake
Register: The 25k is sold out, but you can get on the wait list. The 50k is $70 – register online here. There is no day of race registration.
Run Oregon Blog founder Kelly Barten is one of the volunteer RD’s of the ORRC Hagg Mud Runs.