Race Preview: Luckython 2014 [Uberthons]


St. Patrick’s Day is less than two weeks away, so that means the 2014 Luckython is just around the corner! This is one of the running extravaganzas that Uberthons puts on at The Reserve Vineyard and Golf Club where an entire golf course gets taken over for a half day or more of races ranging from 5K to 15K as well as the popular kids’ dash. New this year are cash prizes for anyone who beats the course records!

The Reserve is a fun setting for races, and this will be the fourth time that Uberthons has used it as a racing venue. There’s plenty of parking and a covered staging area for day-of-race check-in plus the post-race potato bar. Read about last year’s Luckython here.

Now, all of the past Uberthons events have been on the north golf course, but this one will be on the south course. Variety! Rumor has it that the south course may be faster than the north one . . . . (Having run the north course three times now, I tend to think it’s about average overall for a non-track race; the relative flatness is balanced by the numerous turns, but then again my 5K PR was on that course.) If you want to check it out, here is the course map.

Speaking of fast, Uberthons is offering this incentive: “a person who breaks the course record in the 5k, 10k, or 15k will receive a $100 bill – male and female!”

Schedule of events:

3:30 p.m. – L’il Leprechaun Race [1/4 mile for little kids, 0.8 miles for big kids]

4 p.m. – The Party Begins Run [5K/10K/15K/15K relay]

6:15 p.m. – McSunset Dash [5K]

7:30 p.m. – Head O’Lamp Run [5K; headlamp required]


When: March 15, 2014 — 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Where: The Reserve Vineyard and Golf Club, 4805 SW 229th Ave, Aloha, OR 97007

Register: Online here; prices vary from $27 to $40 depending the race & distance; kids’ dash is free. Entry fee includes bib with RFID chip and finisher’s medal, plus award ribbons for age-group winners (3 deep).

Pre-Race Packet Pickup: Thursday Friday, March 14 13, from 4-8 p.m. at Road Runner Sports in Tualatin NW Portland.

There is a hard limit on the number of racers who can be on the course, and registration is well more than 3/4 full already!!

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