Preview: Miller Woods Trail Race 4 Miler and 1 Mile Kids Run

The course of the 4-Mile Run at the Miller Woods Trail Run. Click for a larger map. Courtesy John Spencer.

The course of the 4-Mile Run at the Miller Woods Trail Run. Click for a larger map. Courtesy John Spencer.

The Miller Woods Trail Race is a small event being put on by some experienced trail runners to raise funds for the preservation of Miller Woods. Located just ten minutes from McMinnville, Miller Woods "is a hidden gem. 130 acres of a relatively unknown conservation area complete with hiking trails and natural wonders." Here are the details: When: Saturday, June 28, 2014 What time: The Kids Mile is first at 9a, followed by the 4-Miler at 9:30a.

Register: Online here for $30 for the 4-Miler or $10 for the Mile by 6/29, or DOR starting at 8a. If you’re a member of the Miller Woods conservation group the prices are $15/$5. Learn more here about Miller Woods membership, which is $35/year for an individual and $70/here for a family.

A photo of the trail in Miller Woods. Credit: John Spencer.

A photo of the trail in Miller Woods. Credit: John Spencer.

The four-miler is a loop, completely on trail, with about 640″ of climb over the course. The mile is also a loop, with two fun bridge crossings, also 100% on trail. The mile would not be suitable for young kids, but if your child can easily run a mile and likes trails, this is a really unique kids’ event!

There will be prizes for the top three male finishers, top three female finishers, top three male masters, top three female masters, and age bracket prizes. Even more valuable then a prize, though, in my opinion, is getting familiar with another destination trail practically in our backyard.

The course for the Kids Mile Run at the Miller Woods Trail Run. Click for a larger map. Courtesy John Spencer.

The course for the Kids Mile Run at the Miller Woods Trail Run. Click for a larger map. Courtesy John Spencer.

A long-time trail runner, coordinator John Spencer is also an awesome race volunteer that I know from his support of the ORRC Hagg Mud runs. I think this will be a low-key yet tightly organized event worth the drive from the Valley, the Portland Metro, the Oregon Coast, or even further away. (And why not spend the weekend in McMinnville while you’re at it?)

Put this one on the calendar and recruit your friends and family to come with you!

About Kelly Barten (1152 Articles)
I started the Run Oregon blog in February 2007, because I felt like running in Oregon and SW Washington deserved more positive coverage. I also wanted to level the playing field so that small, non-profit races could compete with big events; and to support LOCAL race organizers. I'm a Creighton Bluejay (undergrad) and an Oregon Duck (Sports Marketing MBA), and I live in Tigard with my husband and two kids. My "real job" is working for an incredibly awesome math textbook company doing marketing and production.

1 Comment on Preview: Miller Woods Trail Race 4 Miler and 1 Mile Kids Run

  1. Scott Schieber // April 14, 2014 at 8:15 AM //

    Here’s a preview of the 4 mike loop:

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