Besides the great trails, another unique thing about this race is that it is on a Friday evening. The races start at 6pm and begin and end at the Sisters Athletic Club. Runners are urged to dress in their favorite St. Patrick’s Day attire and then stick around after the races for beer and refreshments.
Matt ran this event in 2014 and here are some snippets of his experience:
After a short run on the parking lot, we set off onto the trails just beyond the Five Pine Lodge. The trail was mostly dirt, but pine cones and stray rocks were scattered as well. While it remained flat, there was a continual rolling of up and downs along the way, as well as “to-and-fro” winding through the trees. It was very beautiful and surprisingly well-marked. While there were only 2 spots with actual volunteers over the 6+ miles, I was amazed at how I always felt I knew which way to go. The trail was pretty continuous, but in spots where there were options to veer off, minimalistic, yet still functional, flags directed us where to go.
Just before mile 3, we began a rocky climb for a few minutes. There were even some short sections where we were almost in “scrambling” mode. But the view – oh my the view. Eagle Rock (which is what I believe this area is called) took us out “above” some of the trees and gave way to views of the Cascade Range and the Three Sisters and Mt. Bachelor. The sky was blue, the sun was getting lower in the sky, and the temperature was mild and wonderful. All of these combined for a spectacular aura. As we circled around the trail, there were views looking East and Southeast towards the Bend area and the hills and mountains in the distance. I wish now that I would have stopped running and taken some pictures. I am majorly bummed I didn’t.
Beyond the awards for top finishers there will also be a raffle as well as a prize awarded to the wearer of the best Saint Pattie’s Day costume! So break out those leprechaun cowboy boots and the Irish spurs and don’t miss this one.
What: St Paddie’s Shamrock 5K/10K
When: Friday, March 13th, 2015 at 6pm
Where: Sisters, OR
Cost/Register: 10K = $28 ($30 after March 5th). 5K = $23 ($25 after March 5th). Register here.