As we near the end of 2014, it’s time to think about a jingle bell run, and the Ho Ho 5K in Tigard is one that fits the bill. Traditionally, it’s the last event of the calendar year by race organizer X-Dog Events and also serves as a food donation drive. If you donate canned food, jackets, blankets, or pet food, you get a $5 discount off the registration fee (or the race shirt, which is not included in the fee).
Race finishers get hot drinks, HoHos (or some equivalently unhealthy but tasty treat), and a tree seedling. Rumors are that there will be a special guest appearing in a jolly red suit and a sleigh. Well, maybe more of a Subaru than a sleigh.
I’ve run this race twice before (though not last year when it was 25 F at race time and blustery) and enjoyed it each time. It’s been a well-managed race with a course that’s more challenging than it looks, good snacks, and a fun holiday atmosphere. Donations go to the Union Gospel Mission and the Oregon Humane Society.
Ho Ho 5K Race
When: Sunday, December 7, 2014, at 10 a.m.
Where: Cook Park, Tigard
Register: Online here; 5K run/walk, $20 ($8 for children 6-12; free for children under 6). $5 off registration fee with donation of any of the requested items.