Race Preview: 2015 Uberthons Fall Half Marathon (Forest Grove)

I don't know about you, but I've had enough of these sunny, 90+ degree days. I'm looking forward to our mild Oregon fall weather: cool, often overcast, with occasional misty drizzle. And while the hot days look like they're sticking around for a while longer, fall isn't that far off, which means the Oregon Fall Half Marathon isn't far off either. (But far enough away that you still have time to start a training plan, at least if you have a decent running base.) If you've been following the Uberthons' Half Marathons, you know that this is the third and last in the series, with the previous two having been in the spring and the summer. If you've already run the spring and summer half marathons, you can complete the series with the fall one - and get the special Half Marathon Series medal. The Fall Half Marathon will take place in Forest Grove, a bit past Hillsboro toward the coast. Google Maps calls it 27 miles from downtown, with an expected transit time around 40 minutes, so it's not too long of a drive, and finding parking should be a snap.

Registration for the half marathon is $75 and includes a personalized racing bib (if you register by August 10), a finisher’s medal (also personalized with laser-engraving on the back if you register by August 25), and a tech shirt with sleeveless option.

The half marathon course is pretty flat with a total of 20 right angle-ish turns and one U-turn, making it an out-and-back. Water/ice/electrolyte stations will be available at miles 1.1, 2.0, 3.3, 4.3, 6.5, 8.4, 9.9, 11.2, and 12.0. The 4.3/8.4 mile and 6.5 mile stations will also have first aid available. The 4.3/8.4 mile station will also have a water hose for quick cool spraying. Finally, the 3.3/8.9 mile and 6.5 mile stations will have iced towels.*

Who thinks that with all of these preparations in place, the weather will be a reprise of the stormy inaugural Oregon Marathon and Half aka the Typhoonathon?


In addition to the half marathon, there will be a 5K race for $30 (no tech shirt). Alas, no 10K option – but maybe instead of the half marathon, I’ll register for the 5K and run it back-to-back ….


Oregon Fall Half Marathon

When: September 12, 2015, at 7:00 a.m.

Where: Forest Grove High School, 1401 Nichols Lane, Forest Grove, Oregon

Register: Online here ($75 for half marathon; $30 for 5K)

Packet Pickup: Foot Traffic, 13306 NW Cornell Road, Beaverton, Oregon, on Thursday, September 10 from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.

About Tung Yin (278 Articles)
Law prof by day, runner all the time. Got off the couch in January 2011 and have been obsessed with running ever since.
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