I had signed up for the 10K, hoping to reap the benefits of an extended tempo run. Grabbing my bib, race bag and shirt was a cinch and I spent a few minutes studying the large course maps posted nearby. After swapping shoes and getting down to race gear, it was time for a leisurely warm up. I checked out the last half mile of the course to get a feel for the end and meandered around the shady neighborhoods.
I don’t race in Forest Grove often so this was a rare event where I didn’t know anyone. I chatted with the timer and a couple participants before the race. The event was a little bigger than I expected, which was a nice surprise. Organization and plentiful volunteers made me optimistic. Planning on an easy start, I was not surprised to see two men and a woman outdistance me in the beginning. The course started in neighborhoods then headed along the northern border of town, giving us a great view of the countryside. By that point I had caught up with the leader and was pacing him. About halfway through I outdistanced him as we came back into town and went through a residential area. Coming back through the college, we ran across on highway 8 before doubling back on the course for the home stretch. Plentiful red arrows on the ground and volunteers made it easy to see we were on course.
After finishing and enjoying the usual post race refreshments and cool down, I talked to the other top finishers and the race directors. Everyone was friendly. Unfortunately, they had an issue with the timing as they had changed from their normal timer and the results were not processed and announced in a timely fashion. They were posted for all to see as soon as they were ready. There was a great raffle, you got a ticket by returning your bib. The grand prize was a nice bicycle.
I had fun at this event and really enjoyed the course. It had a great small town feel and was very well organized for the most part. The views were second to none and it definitely fits in the flat and fast category. The organizers were enthusiastic about the cause and there was a lot of community support. Definitely an event worth returning to.