The Oregon Road Runners Club’s Blue Lake Runs are one of the oldest and tradition-rich events in the area, if you count a consistent course, a sensibly late morning start time, multiple distance options, great course marking and a start/finish area with a playground for the kiddos perks for a race.
This will be the 30th year for the 5k distance at this event, and the 40th for the 15k distance.
One of the nice things about this event is the unique location, which is not a frequent venue for road races. Blue Lake Park, in the Fairview/Troutdale area, is the start and finish base camp for this 15k and 5k. Another feature – besides the playground – that makes the start/finish area so nice is that there are flushing toilets and a big, covered pavilion so you won’t get soaked or (heat)stroked. Both courses leave the park (eventually! – see below), and head out Marine Drive for pleasant out-and-back tours of east Multnomah County.
The courses are relatively flat, except for one small overpass, and a little slope near the start and finish, but wind can be a major factor, especially in the distant reaches of the 15k. Perhaps the most difficult aspect of this event is psychological, because both courses pass by the start/finish area an extra time at both the beginning and end of the race. However for some runners, seeing the finish line is motivational – so you can find out for yourself at the ORRC Blue Lake Runs!
It’s nice to pass your fellow runners coming and going and give and receive support and encouragement, but by the end of the 15k you may find yourself cursing the course designers under your breath as you pass within a few dozen yards of the finish with another half-mile to go!
Here are the vitals:
When: Saturday, October 11, 2014
Where: Blue Lake Park (I-84, exit 14)
What time: The kids 1/2 mile is first (and it’s free) at 10:30. Then the 15k will start at 11a, with a 2-hour course cutoff; and finally the 5k at 11:10a.
Register: Online here for the 15k for $35 and the 5k for $30. You can also pre-register for the free kids run online. There will be day of race registration available as well for $35/$30.
This race is organized by volunteer race directors for Oregon Road Runners Club, a non-profit running club for runners and walkers.