Race Directors receive comp entry to any ORRC event they wish to run or walk, which is the main perk; but you also gain a lot of great leadership, logistics, and communications skills in the process. While RDs must be over the age of 18, teenagers can gain experience if a parent or guardian volunteers with them. There are some things about each race which remain the same from year to year – the course and the date are the two biggies – the RDs determine everything else about the race to make it their own. If you’ve ever thought, “Now, that would be cool at a race!” … this is your chance to bring your ideas to life.
These are the events that ORRC puts on each year, and nearly all of them would welcome additional co-race directors. If you are interested in helping out, contact ORRC at email@example.com. Tell them Kelly sent you.
January – Y2K Half Marathon and 10k in Forest Grove
February – Hagg Lake 25k and 50k at Hagg Lake
March – Champoeg Park Runs 30k, 20k, and 10k at Champoeg State Park
April – Vernonia Marathon and Half Marathon in Vernonia/Banks
May – Hagg Lake Runs 10.5-miler, 10k and 5k at Hagg Lake
May – Up the Lazy River 10k
June – Summer Solstice 5k
July – 4th of July 5k
August – Dual Duel 10k and 10-mile 2-person relay
August – Garlic Festival 10k/5k
September – Greenway Trail Trial 10k/5k
September – Best Dam Run 10k
October – Blue Lake Runs 15k/5k
October – Autumn Leaves 50k and 50-miler
November – Turkey Trot at the Zoo
Plus, an annual member banquet in January each year!