The weather was a mixed bag on Saturday, April 11, when 100 runners and walkers were getting ready for the first annual Corvallis 5k (run in conjunction with packet pickup for the Corvallis Half Marathon, taking place on Sunday). It had been nice and sunny for a good part of the morning, so I was debating running in short sleeves, but rain clouds in the distance made me think twice. Five minutes from the start I was thankful for my thin running hoodie, as the cool rain was pelting us. People were hesitant to leave shelter and step up to the start line, but we started right on schedule at 1pm.
In the relatively small field of runners, I settled in the middle of the lineup, and the field stretched out very quickly. The course started in the parking lot of Reser Stadium and first took us north on beautiful 30th avenue on OSU’s campus. It was still raining and felt very cold! Turning west onto Campus Way, we were now running into the wind, and my pace slowed… We ran past the OSU beef barn, rabbit research center, and sheep who shared their pasture with solar panels.
Shortly after I passed the 1 mile mark (which matched my Garmin’s audible alarm) I saw the top runners heading back already. There was a water station at the half way point turnaround, and I picked up the speed a little hoping to make up a bit of time, even though I knew that a sub-30 minute finish would have to wait for another day. I tried to smile for the photographers at the exit of the covered bridge, since that would be a very nice race photo.
The 2-mile mark came and went, and my legs were still feeling good. I took a 10 second walking break and went right back to running. Friendly and capable volunteers cheered us on along the way. We turned south on 35th Ave, then east on the both path along Washington St, before turning back onto 30th Ave towards the finish line. I had enough left to pick up the speed a little bit and ended up finishing strong.
Water, bagels, bananas and oranges were available right next to the finish line, and Eclectic Edge Racing always offers printouts of the preliminary results. I placed 2nd out of six in my age group, which made me very happy.
This was a great little race! Very well-organized and staffed, and the small field of runners and flat course is great for both those trying a first race as well as those who are hoping for a new PR at the 5k, and everyone in between. Complete results can be found here.