Race Preview: 2015 Stub Stewart Trail Challenge

A shot of the park from the event site

Running in the Pacific Northwest is a great reason to go outside. Away from the cities, big and small, are all sorts of beautiful views and amazing natural areas. Stub Stewart State Park west of Portland is a great place to explore. The Trail Challenge is in its third year, and the event occurs on April 5th. Hosted by Ascherl Industries, it is part of the Trail Challenge Series.

You know it is a true trail run when the course distance is approximate. Listed as about six and a quarter miles, the race will begin at 10 am. It traverses several different trails, but they advertise that ribbons will be used to help keep people on course. You can register online until April 3rd, the fee is $30. Don’t wait until the last-minute, as there is a cap of 100 participants. There is also a $5 parking fee at the location, so make sure to bring cash for that. Medals will be awarded to the overall winners, and everyone will receive finishers medals. Food and liquid refreshments will be available at the finish.

This sounds like a great casual run in a beautiful area. Make sure to mark April 3rd on your calendar, and register online beforehand to make sure you get in. Pending rain, a spare set of clothes may be a good idea, as it seems much of the course is not on pavement. With the multitudes of large races in big cities, it is often a great change of pace to hop into a smaller race and get some fresh air.

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