Keizer Rapids Park is a great place for a race and it conitnues to grow. There is now a boat launch area and a newly constructed GIANT kid’s playground. The area has significant areas of shade – something we should all be appreciating right about now.
The race once again profits (SOVAH) Serving Our Veterans at Home -a non-profit organization that supports those with barriers that are not consistent with civilian life. New this year, the race is making the obvious connection by partnering with Team RWB. I ran the inaugural event and it has grown from that point. However, here are some highlights that fit in nicely for this year:
The course featured a wide range of terrains – the first of which was a mile of well paved walking trails. There was a loop around the boat launch area and the open field in the SE corner of the park before we hit the canopy of trees that flank the Willamette River.
The paved path gave way to a dirt and small gravel path following mile 1. My daughter didn’t seem to mind the change over to the more uneven path even though it took her a few head smacks to the side of the stroller to figure out how she needed to settle herself in. There was a small water station before heading past the Disc Golf parking area.
After a quick section on gravel road, the terrain turned into a single lane dirt trail. While it was well maintained, it did feature a few tree roots and a few down and up hills that slowed up me and the stroller. I found the trail to be well-marked with orange markers and paint, but I did overhear afterwards that a few people took the wrong path at a few forks.
Following the jaunt through the forested trail, we were spit out onto more gravel, but this time the rocks were much bigger and caused some stroller navigation issues. We were passed by a few runners along this medium stretch leading up to mile 2. The final surge before returning to the paved path was an extremely short, yet steep up and down hill that was definitely a brief challenge.
Overall, we had a great time at this local race.