2016 Leap Day Marathon and Half Marathon – Free races in Beaverton

The only cost for this is event is optional: shirts are $15 and available to order before Feb. 10.

NOTE: February 29th is a Monday. So if you want to participate in this event, be sure you can have the day or morning off. Local runner Steve Walters has put together a fat-ass style Leap Day Marathon and Half Marathon to celebrate Leap Year; the race will take place in Beaverton on Monday, February 29, 2016. Best of all, it's a free event (donations to cover costs are welcomed). The gun will go off at 7a and support will be provided until 2p. If you think you need more time, you may contact Walters to make arrangements for an earlier start.

Participation is capped at 100 runners between both events. There is a shirt available to order for $15, if ordered by Feb. 10. If you register and are unable to attend, be sure to let Walters know since it’s capped.

The course for the Leap Day Marathon and Half Marathon.

True to fat-ass style, this is more like a lightly supported training run than a typical race. Water jugs will be at some places on the course, but everyone taking part should carry their own hydration and nutrition. There are also no restrooms on course; that being said, there are going to be some businesses along the route where you can use a bathroom if you need to (please be considerate). Participants will need to yield to all traffic, including vehicles; the course crosses some major roads including Farmington and TV Highway. It is run on the Westside Regional Trail, which is very hilly in some spots – especially at the race start and finish. The routes are simple out-and-backs.

The details:

When: Monday, February 29, 2016

What time: 7a, but Walters will allow early starts – be sure to contact him to work out details.

Where: Murray Scholls Park/Westside Regional Trail. Park by the Murray Scholls 24 Hour Fitness; start line is near the tennis courts. There is a good map on the race website here. There is a runner-friendly Starbucks in this shopping center – but at the other end, at the corner of Murray and Scholls.

Register: Online here for free; add the shirt for only $15. This event is capped at 100 participants. You can also make a donation to help cover the event costs.



About Kelly Barten (1152 Articles)
I started the Run Oregon blog in February 2007, because I felt like running in Oregon and SW Washington deserved more positive coverage. I also wanted to level the playing field so that small, non-profit races could compete with big events; and to support LOCAL race organizers. I'm a Creighton Bluejay (undergrad) and an Oregon Duck (Sports Marketing MBA), and I live in Tigard with my husband and two kids. My "real job" is working for an incredibly awesome math textbook company doing marketing and production.
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