Champoeg Park is a great venue for racing for Portland area runners. It’s not too far (~30 minutes), but far enough away to feel like a bit of a destination, and it’s very scenic in an Oregon sort of way.
For those of you who want a choice of race distances and even race type, Energy Events’ Champoeg Half Marathon, 5 Miler, and Duathlon may fit the bill. You can go long or short, or go for a run (3.3 miles)/bike (15 miles)/run (3.3 miles) combo.
Registration for the races includes chip timing, a handcrafted finisher’s medal, a tech shirt (5 miler and half marathon) or long sleeve shirt (duathlon), post-race beer and BBQ, and music by DJ Paradox.
The half marathon course is here. It’s an out and back with a 300 foot elevation gain over 1.37 miles on the out section and the same gain over 1.18 miles on the return, but otherwise mostly flat. The 5 mile course is here, and has light rolling hills throughout.
Registration is $70 for the half marathon, $40 for the 5 miler, and $60 for the duathlon through 9/21, but if you want the shirt, you need to sign up by 9/13. On race day weekend, prices for all events go up by $5.
Champoeg Half Marathon, 5 Miler, and Duathlon
When: Sunday, September 27, 2015, at 9 a.m. (half marathon and 5 miler), 9:30 a.m. (duathlon)
Where: Champoeg State Park, 8239 Champoeg Rd NE, St. Paul, OR 97137
Register: Online here.
Packet Pickup: Saturday, September 26, 2015, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Downtown Portland Foot Traffic, 333 SW Taylor Avenue, Portland, OR 97204.