Race Preview: 2016 Worst Day of the Year 5k (Troutdale)

Worst Day

Many times after completing a race here in the Northwest, you may be thinking that "this was the worst day for this event" but REI claims to have identified the literally worst day of year to hold this annual event. The Oregon chapter of the Worst Day of the Year 5k takes place on February 6th at McMenamin's Edgefield in Troutdale. (There also is a Washington event on January 9th at McMenamin's Anderson School in Bothell.) Dress up in your best costume to earn yourself a free beer and to be entered into the costume contest. 

5k course (double loop)

The 5k run/walk starts and ends at McMenamin’s Edgefield in the parking lot to the golf course and distillery shed. The course is a rolling double loop of a 1.55 mile path around the golf course, and the running surface is mostly packed gravel. Due to the uneven surface, wheelchairs and strollers are not permitted on the course, and you are asked to leave your dog at home as well. Children are welcome to participate in the run, and youth registration (for runners 12 and under) is only $10. Registration includes a “Columbia Sportswear winter accessory” which in past years has been a beanie cap and a fleece headband.

Since the course only accommodates 500 runners at a time, during registration you choose between three different start times: 9am, 10am, and 11am. Chip timing is an optional paid add-on, if you would like exact timing of your run. The amazing long sleeved tech event shirt is available for separate purchase for $23.

Finisher Medal

After the run, stay for beverages and hot soup served inside and get your finisher’s photo taken with either a tropical or arctic theme. The costume contest promises great prizes. The finisher’s lunch ends at 2pm, at which point you can enjoy all that McMenamin’s Edgefield has to offer.

If you are interested in all of the swag and perks of this race with none of the running, you can sign up to volunteer for a four hour time slot.

Worst Day of the Year 5k details:
When: Saturday, February 6th; Wave starts 9am, 10am, 11am
Where: McMenamin’s Edgefield, Troutdale, OR (map)
What: 5k
Registration: Online here
Registration cost: $39 pre-registration; $49 DOR; $10 for kids 12 and under.
Registration includes: race entry (chip timing available for an extra $3), Columbia Sportswear winter accessory, finisher’s medal, post-race food and drink, warm indoor post-race party, free beer for costumed runners. Long sleeve tech shirts available for $23.
Packet Pickup: Friday, Feb 5th, 11am-6pm at Foot Traffic Downtown (333 SW Taylor St), or starting at 8am on event day.

2016 Worst Day of the Year 5k shirt

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