The course started off with a bit of downhill, then flattened out as you reached the trailhead, had some slight elevation gain before turning around and heading back the way you came, and back up the hill to the high school. The portion of the course along the trail was pretty, although the recent downpours had flooded some portions of the course, and there wasn’t any way to avoid getting wet up to your ankles (the joys of living in the Pacific Northwest). Other runners were fairly friendly, and we cheered each other on as we passed by, or chatted for a bit during the run. A few people even brought their dogs!
After the race, every finisher received a Lucky Dog medal and pint glass or stein. There were also a handful of prizes raffled off, including knuckle lights, and race entries. For snacks, there was Starbucks coffee, water, bananas, (cold) clam chowder and oyster crackers (there was a mishap with the generator, so they covered the individual containers with foil so people could take them home if they wanted). Many people hung around until the last person crossed the finish line, and everyone clapped and cheered. It’s moments like that where I’m reminded how great small, no frills events are–that bring us back to what’s important about running!
The race director’s tackled some challenges in their first year, and I bet that things will be smoother this time around.
Get your green on for St. Patrick’s Day in multiple ways–by participating in a race on a beautiful tree-lined course, knowing your entry fee is going to support the Westview High School Cross Country Program. Interested?!
WHERE: Westview High School, 4200 NW 185th Ave., Portland, Oregon 97229
WHEN: Sat., Mar. 13, 2016
STARTING TIMES: 10k Run – 8:00 a.m.; 15k & 5K Run – 8:15 a.m. 15k 3 Person Relay – Each team member will run the same 5k route and a combined total time will be calculated. Team categories of male, female, or coed.
DAY OF: $45 – 5k (Walk or Run) $50 – 10k (Walk or Run) $135 – 15k 3 Person Relay (Run Only.
SWAG: Tech tee and finished medal. Hot soup and Dave’s Killer Bread handed out after. Plus, you’re invited to a party at Rock Creek Corner after the race.
AWARDS: Awards will be presented for the top three male and females for the 5k & 10k. Ribbons will presented for the top three males and females in each age group category. Awards will also be given to the top three men, women and coed relay teams.
PARKING: Plenty of it at Westview High School.
PACKET PICK UP: TBD closer to the event.