The college is set on a hill, so the race begins with a significant climb up Woodstock Blvd. (I do my hill workouts on the opposite side of the street), levels off with a left onto Cesar Chavez (39th Ave.), and heads downhill on Steele just before the 1-mile mark. The climbing begins again when the course re-enters campus on Botsford Drive. The final stretch across campus and into the finish is relatively flat.
After the race, runners can partake in a free pancake breakfast in the college commons, and stay for the various family-oriented activities of Reed College Community Day.
The race benefits neighborhood elementary schools, and the $25 entry fee includes a T-shirt (hopefully featuring the cool running gryphon design).
What: The 3rd Annual Reed College 5k Odyssey
When: Saturday, September 20th
Where: Reed College campus in S.E. Portland (Reed College Place and Woodstock Blvd.)
What Time: 9:00a
Registration: You can register online, send in an entry form, or sign up in person at Pacesetter Athletic (4203 S.E. Woodstock Blvd.) Enter by Aug. 30th to guarantee your shirt size. Entry fees increase $5.00 on Sept. 7th.