Both events will start and finish between the Tom McCall East and Tom McCall West school buildings in Forest Grove. My brother actually went to school and now works out there, so I have been to this area numerous times. The city itself is definitely small-medium town (think Newburg or McMinnville), but is a quick jaunt from the Hillsboro/Beaverton/Portland metro centers. It is surrounded by farmland – a miniture city oasis amongst the fertile green fields. It’s obvious to see why this race will be a great combo of city and rural running.
The half marathon course is a mix of city streets and country roads and also a and combination of a loop and out-and-back. The first few miles will be mostly city, but quickly hit the quiet rolling countryside by around mile 3. I have not been as far west as the course shows, but anticipate it being beautiful (likely coupled with early morning winter fog), quiet, and chilly. The 10k runners will skip the out and back, and complete one 6+ mile loop.
Following the race, there will be a pancake breakfast. And the great thing about the school-based start area is HEAT both pre-and post-race! What a great way to kick off the 2015 running season! For those of us who love half marathons, this new one looks to truly be one to get on the list.
The race also kicks off the Oregon Road Runners Club 2015 10k Race Series which includes:
- Y2K 10K – January 10th
- Champoeg 10K – March 7th
- Hagg Lake 10K – May 2nd
- Up The Lazy River 10K – May 25th
- Garlic Festival 10K – August 8th
- Greenway Trail Trial 10K – September 7th
- Best Dam Run 10K – September 26th
Register for the series here.
The event also partners with Meals on Wheels! The Forest Grove Meals on Wheels team will provide volunteers for thepost-race pancake celebration and ORRC will make a contribution to the Meals on Wheels program.