Race Preview: 2016 ORRC Y2K Half Marathon

The Y2K runs are an awesome midwinter event put on by the ORRC in January. Slated for the 2nd, this run around the outskirts of Forest Grove is a great way to enjoy the country, provided the weather cooperates. Definitely not of the 'flat and fast' variety, it has a couple rollers that keep it interesting. The gun goes off at 9 am, and there is a three hour limit on the course. There will be race day registration starting at 7am, but as always, the best deal is to do it online. ORRC members only pay $55, while for nonmembers it is $60. DOE pricing is $70 for everyone. The race starts and ends at Tom McCall School, which just happens to be the location of the fabulous post-race pancake feed as well.

The course will feature 6 water stations to aid in hydration, and scenic views to aid in motivation. As an extra perk, half marathon participants will also receive an awesome blanket, included with their entry fee. Awards will be given to the top overall and masters finishers, as well as the age group winners, five deep. Winners must be present to receive their award. Teresa reviewed the half marathon last year and said:

It was a great no-frills run, a later start time allowing me to sleep in and a perfect excuse to get out and see some familiar faces. The new Y2K Half Marathon had a gorgeous course, rolling hills and all, plus all sorts of wildlife I don’t usually get to see running in the suburbs. This is the first event I’ve done where I was sharing the road with horses and I loved it. Pretty scenery helps make a run, but it’s the volunteers and race organizers that actually make a run. The ORRC and their volunteers made the inaugural Y2K Half Marathon a success.

The ORRC does a great job with this small town, low key event. It is worth the drive and has all the perks of a quality event. The January 2nd date can make it a great first race of the year as well. Just remember to register online ahead of time and have a few clothing options to outsmart mother nature.

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