Small race preview: Joe Dudman 5k

Run-Oregon-travel-coffee-mugThe Joe Dudman 5k is less than two weeks away! This race is being organized as a way to celebrate the 50th birthday of one of Run Oregon’s original bloggers, Joe Dudman. Any and all proceeds above expenses will be donated to the American Cancer Society, so if you like races that support good causes, here’s a great one! Plus, we’ll have some good prizes for the top finishers and raffle prizes, and all participants will get a Run Oregon travel coffee mug … the first “official” Run Oregon gear!

We know there are about a billion races in Oregon on the same weekend, and two of them have offered a special deal for Joe Dudman 5k participants. The first 25 participants to use the code “DoubleRunFun” will save $5 off the Twilight Run, running the same evening (June 21) at Tigard’s Cook Park. And if you bring your Joe Dudman 5k bib to the Bowerman 5k, running on Sunday, June 22 at Nike World Headquarters, you’ll save $5 off day of race registration. The Bowerman 5k is also offering a cool perk – the man and woman who run the fastest combined time at both 5ks will earn a sweet Nike jacket.

Bonus: If you want to stick around for the ADAPT class at 9a, you can – for free! There’s a waiver you’ll need to sign at check-in. ADAPT classes are a lot of fun, so if you don’t have to “run” off right after the race, check it out!

Back to the Joe Dudman 5k: There will be one start time for all 5k participants, at 8:15a. Parking is in two designated lots off Arctic Drive – the ADAPT Fitness lot and the one across the street, thanks to Brad Stern of Pacific NW Properties. Becca, one of the ADAPT-certified trainers, will lead participants in a dynamic warm-up, and then we’ll head down to the start line at the corner of SW Arctic and SW Harvest. (There’s a YMCA with a youth basketball program off Harvest, so we need to leave that road open.)

The course is flat and fast, and crosses no railroad tracks. You’ll head south on Arctic before turning left (east) onto Allen, down to Scholls Ferry. There, Beaverton Police will keep you safe and guide you off Allen onto the Fanno Creek Trail, a wide asphalt path. This section of the trail was just completed in the past few years, and is really fun to run on. There are lots of twists, but only one sharp corner, and you’ll run over a number of short footbridges. Most of the path is lined by mature trees, until you cross over the long bridge that goes over the creek. Then there’s a shorter section through tall grasses before you’ll reach the aid station and turnaround point. Learn more about the Joe Dudman 5k course here.

Post-race, we’ll be serving up coffee and hot chocolate, and have a cupcake bar: all kinds of cupcakes, with frosting and sprinkles for you to make it just how you like it! Stick around for the awards ceremony and the raffle drawing – if you participated as a runner, walker or volunteer, you’ll be eligible! And if you’d like to provide a prize for the raffle, just let us know.

We are still looking for about ten volunteers to help us put the event on, and many of those positions are good for people who are also running the race – things like handing out race bibs and helping with clean-up. You can email us to volunteer here. Most volunteers will be there from 7a-9:15a.

Here are the vitals:

When: Saturday, June 21

What time: 8:15a

Where: Packet pick-up is at ADAPT Training, 9923 SW Arctic Drive in Beaverton; the race starts near the intersection of SW Arctic and SW Harvest about a quarter-mile south on Arctic.

Register: Online here for $25 or DOR starting at 7:15a for $40

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We started the Run Oregon blog in February 2007, because felt like running in Oregon and SW Washington deserved more positive coverage. We also wanted to level the playing field so that small, non-profit races could compete with big events; and to support local race organizers.

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