Race Preview: 2016 NewYearathon

Runner's World has an old column asking, "Are You a Two Timer?" It's not unheard of for people around here (ahem, Joe and Jessica!!) to run back-to-back 5Ks or 10Ks (or for some truly obsessed people, half marathons) on the weekend, one on Saturday and the other on Sunday. Some even run two races in a day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Uberthons' NewYearathon really puts the squeeze on the double race. Now in its third year,* this event lets you sign up to sprint 1 mile at 8:30 a.m. or 8:40 a.m., depending on your pace; and then to run a 5K at 9 a.m. If you do the math, you'll see that this is not a lot of rest time in between events! Of course, if you run your mile faster, you'll get a bit more longer rest....

* Jessica recapped the 2015 NewYearathon here, and I recapped the 2014 race here.

To be clear, you don’t have to sign up to run both events. You can choose the mile, or the 5K, or both. But come on, there aren’t a lot of mile races around here, so you really should take advantage of the opportunity. And there aren’t a lot of double-race events, so you might as well give the double a go of it.

The race location is Cook Park in Tigard, which is a venue with plenty of parking and a nice staging area with covering and several bathrooms. Cook Park used to be a primary location for Uberthons races, but as the main 5K/10K events – Luckython, Halloweenathon, Turkeython – have grown, they’ve moved to other locations. As far as I know, this may be the only Uberthons race at Cook Park in 2016.

Besides the chip-timed race(s), registrants get a finisher’s medal and a pancake breakfast. The 2016 finisher’s medals will share a belt buckle design (as pictured above).


When: January 2, 2016, at 8:30/9 a.m.

Where: Cook Park, Tigard

Register: Online here ($12 for 1 mile race; $30 for 5K; $35 for 1 mile + 5K; small processing fee added to race fee).

About Tung Yin (278 Articles)
Law prof by day, runner all the time. Got off the couch in January 2011 and have been obsessed with running ever since.
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