Runners at the Banks trailhead at a previous Coach Jim run.
This weekend's free spring marathon/half marathon training run is a 16-mile out-and-back on the Banks-Vernonia Trail
. You may run the entire distance or turn back early, depending on your training schedule.
There are permanent restrooms at the trailhead and two porta-potties near mile 4, which is are usually in good condition and stocked with hand sanitizer.
This is not a supported run; bring your own nutrition and hydration.
The path is somewhat sheltered from wind, but if it rains (and it looks like it will) you'll get wet. Prepare by bringing a set of warm clothes (including extra shoes) to change into when you're done so you don't get too cold. Bring a post-run snack too, as there aren't many places to stop until you get back towards Portland.
This weekend’s group run details:
Where: Vernonia-Banks Trail, Banks Trailhead – use “NW Banks Rd and NW Sellers Rd” for directions. The trailhead is at that intersection, with a small parking lot, a large signboard, and a permanent restroom structure.
What time: The run starts at 8a, be there by 7:45a at the latest
Distance: 16 miles
Click here to see the event on facebook and RSVP.
You can RSVP and meet other runners through Coach Jim’s facebook page, too.