This weekend, Coach Jim’s Elite Runners in Training are taking part in the ORRC Y2K in Forest Grove. The race offers a half marathon and a 10k.
Even though it’s a race, Coach Jim’s group will still be using it as training – either a training run at training pace or a goal race to test where they are in their training. If you are running it with Coach Jim’s group, keep an ear open for a group photo; and if you’re new, find someone in the group and ask them why they love it!
The ORRC Y2K race starts and ends at Tom McCall Upper Elementary. Along with access to the school to stay warm and dry, participants will be able to use the “real” bathrooms.
After the run, ORRC hosts a pancake breakfast which is free for all runners and walkers. Over pancakes, awards will be handed out for age group and overall winners, with all half marathon finishers wearing their cool medals they picked up at the finish line.
If you’re familiar with the event, you might be wondering “where is the 20.15k route?” Well, this year, the course was standardized to be a half marathon instead of the 20-odd kilometers it has been since the year 2000. The course only follows Highway 47 where there is a separate pedestrian path and then turns away to climb some hills and offer amazing views of Oregon Wine Country.
Learn more about the race history and get additional details in this Y2K info email that was sent out by the race a few weeks ago.
Here are the vitals: