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Race Preview: 2015 Best Dam Run 10K Run and Walk

With just a little under a month away, you'll want to make sure to sign up for the always popular Best Dam Run 10K run and walk which takes place Saturday, September 26. This year will mark the 32nd annual race presented by the Oregon Road Runners Club (ORRC) and will again benefit local youth sports. Race participants also have the opportunity to support the Estacada Food Bank by bringing in food donations. Registration for the Best Dam Run 10k is still currently open, but limited to 750 participants. For non ORRC member's the cost for either the 10K walk or the 10K run is $25. For ORRC member's the cost for either the 10K walk or 10K run is $20.

Official race start times are 9:30a.m. for walkers and 10a.m. for runners. Because this race is a point to point event, race participants will be shuttled from the Estacada City Hall to the start line. If you are a walker, you should plan to be at the City Hall by no later than 8:30a.m. and if you are a runner, plan to be at the City Hall by no later than 9:00a.m. in order to catch the shuttle. Please note that wheel-racers will be accommodated on the shuttle bus, but no animals, buggy or infant carriers.

The course is an ORRC certified 10k (6.2 miles) and is known for not only its breathtaking views, but for also being downhill, fast, and for providing racers with optimal conditions for a PR. A club member who ran the event last year provided an interactive Garmin map of the course which can be viewed here.

The start of the race begins just east of Estacada on North Fork Lake, winding through the Cascade Mountain Foothills, and ultimately finishing in downtown Estacada. Throughout the race, the Clackamas River will provide racers with breathtakingly scenic views while a friendly farmers market and musical entertainment will greet runners at the end of the race.

The start line at the Best Dam Run 2014

Finishers medals will be given to all race participants, run or walk, while supplies last. The top three finishers in each age group will additionally receive a ribbon for their valiant efforts. There will also be free prizes raffled off at the awards ceremony, so you’ll want to make sure to stick around.

The Best Dam Run is part of the ORRC’s 10k series of races. Those who are ORRC members have the opportunity to earn points, recognition, and awards for their participation in one or all of the 10K series races. More information on how to become an ORRC member as well as more information on the 10K series races can be found here.


What: Best Dam Run 10K Run & Walk

When: Saturday, September 26, 2015

10K walk start: 9:30a.m. (Plan to be at City Hall by 8:30a.m. to catch shuttle)

10K run start: 10:00a.m. (Plan to be at City hall by 9:00a.m. to catch shuttle)

Where: Estacada City Hall, 475 SE Main Street Estacada, OR 97023

Cost: $25 10K Run (Non-Member); $25 10K Walk (Non-Member)

$20 10K Run (ORRC Member); $20 10K Walk (ORRC Member)

Register here.


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About Rachel Peters (67 Articles)
Mom, avid runner, avid hiker, proud Oregonian.

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