Race Recap: Eugene Brews Cruise 5k 9/7/15 (Eugene, Ore.)

Race bib and the Golden Ticket for a free Hop Valley beer!

Race bib and the Golden Ticket for a free Hop Valley beer!

I just love baseball. When the ball hits the bat in the perfect spot, it makes a wonderful sound; the sound of a home run. On Labor Day, Monday, September 7, 2015, Level 32 Racing hosted the Eugene Brews Cruises 5k event. With a noon start time, it allowed a great group of participants to gather at Hop Valley Brewing in the up-and-coming Whitaker neighborhood of Eugene.  The event was a benefit for Head Start of Lane County. I found a parking spot a couple blocks away from Hop Valley, where the start and finish line were. I found the packet pick-up area easily and obtained my race bib and timer. I didn't purchase the event shirt, but I should have - it was really nice! Restrooms were available inside, as well as a couple of porta-potties in the parking lot. I didn't see any lines or back-up for the facilities, which is always nice! 

The top three finishers is each age group received these beautiful medals! And a pint glass!

The top three finishers is each age group received these beautiful medals! And a pint glass!

Hop Valley was very accommodating to the participants and spectators. The entire building was open for us to either sit inside, hang out on the gorgeous patio with plenty of tables and chairs. There was even had water available pre-race for participants. It was awesome! Great coordination between Level 32 Racing and Hop Valley, it seemed like they had a great working relationship for hosting amazing events.

The race started promptly at noon. In Eugene, a lot of races follow the same routes over-and-over again. I was exceptionally pleased that Eugene Brews Cruise 5k followed a fairly unique course, that was very flat and offered fast 5k finish times. The race started in the middle of the road. Police and flaggers secured the entire roadway so it was vehicle free, and just available for participants. Running down the flat, flat, flat Railroad Avenue, we quickly reached the River Road and Chambers intersection. After a gradual incline, we journeyed for about 50 feet on River Road, then onto quiet residential side streets.

Having never been in these neighborhoods, it was great to see the new scenery. What appeared to be just after the 1 mile mark, we were journeying through the beautiful paved paths of Alton Baker Park. However, it was an area of Alton Baker Park that is not used often for races, so it was nice to see ‘new’ areas. After a short journey through Alton Baker Park, we zoomed back onto the quiet residential streets, past a neighborhood park, and back into Alton Baker Park by the River House and Owen’s Rose Garden. There was a perfectly placed aid station just prior to re-entering Alton Baker Park, too.

The bustling finish line!

The bustling finish line!

After running past Owen’s Rose Garden, we proceeded back into the neighborhood, for the flat, fast and mostly straight entrance to the finish line at Hop Valley.

A huge shout out to the police officers and the incredible volunteers who were station along all intersections to keep participants safe. And, of course, to all the volunteers!

I was so pleased to see the wide array of participants out at Eugene Brews Cruise. There were kids, families, fast-runners, walkers, and everything in between.

After crossing the finish line, participants were able to obtain a print-out of their individual race results, thanks to the awesome people at Eclectic Edge Racing. Additionally, the post-race food was pretty impressive. Inside Hop Valley, participants were treated to a wide array of finger foods, such as mini sandwiches, salad, and fruit. Additionally, there  was food for purchase, and all participants that were 21+ received a Golden Ticket to redeem for a free pint of Hop Valley beer.

Sooo close to a new 5k PR!

Sooo close to a new 5k PR for me!

There was a foot soak at the finish line, and Hoka One One had a tent set up offering demos of their shoes. I gave my beer ticket to the nice man working at the Hoka One One tent – he deserved it more than me having to stand in the heat letting people try on shoes.

Yet again, Level 32 Racing put on a stellar event. I was pleased to see the local news interviewing the race directors, James, at the event. There were a total of 230 finishers. A link to the entire set of race results is available here. The top three overall male and female finishers are listed below.

 

Male Participants
1. Orin Schumacher 15:44
2. Orestes Gutierrez 16:17
3. Trae Richardson 16:24

 

Female Participants:
1. Lizzie May 18:40
2. Adrianne Foote 20:17
3. Diza Hilles 20:21

 

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