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Race Preview: 1st Annual Veterans Day 5K

Location is everything, and it is always nice to see an event being run in a unique place. Part of the new Hood to Coast Race Series, the Veteran's Day 5K can definitely make the claim of having a interesting location. The course runs within the boundaries of Camp Withycombe in Clackamas. This is a National Guard camp that has many uses, and the course makes two loops around it.

This event has two purposes, to pay homage to those that have served and continue to do so, and raise funds to renovate and reopen the Oregon Military Museum. $10 of each entry fee will actually be directed toward the cause. Entry is $35, which includes a t shirt, participant dog tag, and entry to the Veteran’s Day Open House. You can register online here or pay on the day of.

Event date is November 8th, and the race starts at 9am. Access to parking opens at 7am and there will also be a kids run for the ones younger than 8, thirty minutes before the 5K. Awards are to occur at 10 and there will be special prizes for the overall winners, the top 3 in each age bracket, and awards for the best military units. There are no dogs or strollers allowed on the course, and there is the option to get packets the day before at Dicks Sporting goods.

Seems this race has all kinds of perks, and with this location and an experienced event team, I see little chance for error. Barring horrendous weather, this could also be a potentially quick course. Putting a portion of the proceeds towards a good cause also helps the warm n’ fuzzy factor.

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