Race recap: Tonkin Challenge – For The Love of Schools 10k [6/7/2015]

2015 Tonkin For The Love of Schools

Not only is the Tonkin For The Love of Schools event a good race, it’s also an amazing fundraiser for local schools. I love that this event donates 100% of the race entry fee to your choice of several dozen school programs. As someone who has been guilted into buying boxes of overpriced cookies, I definitely appreciate the opportunity to participate in something that both encourages fitness and actually benefits the schools!

For The Love of Schools is a great event, both for speedy runners looking for a fast time, or for casual walkers or kids! While the 10k and half marathon fields have typically been much smaller than the 5k (this year there were 87 half marathoners, 119 10k runners, and 416 5k runners!), it’s clear that the race organizers made an effort to ensure that all participants had a good experience.

Lots of cones and caution tape to keep runners safe at the 2015 Tonkin For The Love of Schools.

The morning of the race, I decided to switch from the half marathon to the 10k. My body just wasn’t up for a half, and even though the half had an early start time of 7:00, it was already a little warm for me.

The 10k course started and ended at the Wilsonville Audi dealership, where they had corrals marked by pace toMy friend Amy ran the half marathon, which was the 10k route plus a loop in Graham Oaks Nature Park. A roughly one mile portion was gravel, but she said the trail itself was great. She mentioned that the mile 8 aid station only had Gatorade, and that there were no gels or food on the course at all, although there was some at the start/finish area.

Run Oregon bloggers Geli, Marilyn, Brian and Joe.

The post-race party was GREAT. All participants received tickets on their bib for a free chicken yakisoba plate from NoKaOi and one beer from the RAM Restaurant. There was plenty of other options available as well: oranges, bananas, PowerBars, donut holes, and Sparkling Ice (side note: as Geli had mentioned in her review, it would have been nice to have some recycling bins and more trash cans). There were also lots of great vendors with things for sale. A live band played music, and a choo choo train gave rides to the kiddos. Awards were presented to the overall top three, masters top three, and student divisions.

I appreciated that the race shirt was optional (I have two drawers full of tech t-shirts that I hardly ever wear). The price for this race is very reasonable, and since every penny goes to the schools, I would definitely be willing to pay for this race next year. I would suggest that they provide more information on the race website, but overall I would say that this is a fantastic, well-organized event. Definitely worth the drive!


2015 Tonkin medal

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