Race preview: 2014 Reed College 5k Odyssey

Both of my parents were Reed College graduates, and my father was Dean Of Students and a math professor there. As a kid, I spent my share of time on campus, taking swimming lessons, riding my bike in the woods near the creek, and eating lemon drops from the glass jar on the desk in the Dean's office. So I was excited a few years ago when a Reed College 5k was announced. I missed the inaugural event due to a scheduling conflict, but I ran it last year and had a great time. The course loops along neighborhood streets on the periphery of the college before finishing with a nice tour along campus paths and over a bridge spanning the creek.

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.

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