Race Preview: Hit and Run 5K

hit and run 5kI'm a big fan of the game show "American Ninja Warrior" (and to a lesser extent, the less athletically impressive but funnier "Wipeout"), but I haven't tried an obstacle race yet, other than the Zombie Apocalypse Run, which isn't really a true obstacle race so much as a buffet of tasty braaaaaiiiinnnnss, but I digress. The Hit and Run 5K looks like it's going to be a running version of "American Ninja Warrior"/"Wipeout" -- that is, a 5K race with obstacles to dodge, weave through, etc., while big balls and things get thrown at you.

I could try to describe it in more detail, but check out the race promoter’s video to get a sense of the race:

Ha ha ha ha!! It’s an untimed, fun run — but then, if you really cared about your race time, you wouldn’t want to be messing with all those obstacles!

Registration includes entry to the fun run, T-shirt, headband, and goodies bag. There will be several waves on the morning of the event, starting at 9 a.m. and continuing every half hour until 11 a.m.

Kids 14 and older can run on their own, while kids 10-13 can run with a parent in the last wave of the day (11 a.m.)

The price starts at $25 but will go up in steps each time a certain number of tickets have been sold (i.e., the $25 price is for the first 500 registrants).


Hit and Run 5K Portland

When: August 2, 2014 — starts at 9 a.m., with waves every 30 minutes through 11 a.m.

Where: Portland International Raceway, 1940 N Victory Blvd., Portland, Oregon 97217

Register: Online here for $25, with price increasing by $5 once 500 tickets have been sold, and then $5 for each additional 1000.

About Tung Yin (278 Articles)
Law prof by day, runner all the time. Got off the couch in January 2011 and have been obsessed with running ever since.
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