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Race Preview: 2016 Lincoln City Half and 10k

LCHalf-adIf you enjoy quiet runs in natural settings, this race is for you. Both courses are out and back, with a short section that doubles back in the opposite direction, set in the coastal hill range just south of Lincoln City. Registration is open for this event, slated for March 6th. A few local non profits and high school sports teams receive a portion of the earnings in exchange for providing course support. I can't speak too much for the 10K only have experienced the part it shares with the half. It traverses quiet country roads in a small valley, with at least one hill. The half has a gradual climb on the way out, with a sizeable portion on gravel which translates to a fast return time.

There are fires to stay warm and plenty of post race food for participants. All finishers get a medal as well as prizes for the overall winners and ribbons for the age group leaders. Last year I took home a beautiful and unique glass ball for winning. Here are some snippets from my experience:

The park was nestled in a narrow valley, which resulted in a lack of wind, but it took a little longer for the sun’s heat to reach the road…The start/finish area was in a park just south of Lincoln City, and was a breeze to locate. Parking and bib pickup was quick…I had no watch at this event, but casually kept an eye out for the mile markers to gauge effort. It seemed to take forever to reach the turnaround, but once reached, it was a whole new race. The sweeping turns heading back down were quite fun, offering views of green forest and the creek…Post race munchies were a great combination, including the standard fruit and bread fare with Girl Scout Cookies and clam chowder. I have to confess I probably had more than my fair share of cookies as I crave sugar after long runs. After refueling, it was time to wait for the awards ceremony. It was totally worth the wait, as the overall winners took home glass balls, one of the coolest things I have ever won. This was one of the best organized small town races I have done, and gives me a desire to race at the coast again.

Both events start at 9 am at Wapiti park with packet pickup beginning at 7. Entry is currently $55 ($50 for the 10k) does include a technical tee. Fees go up on March 4th. I advise making a little extra time for travel as it is a narrow, windy road off the highway. It is definitely worth the trip and I am excited to toe the line on March 6th to have a great time!

Lincoln City Half Marathon & 10k (Lincoln City)
When: 9a (early start at 8a)
Where: Wapiti Park
Register: Online here; $55 ($50 for 10k)

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