Race Preview: 2016 Double Five Challenge

PictureThere aren't too many races that offer not just multiple distances, but also the opportunity to run two or more of them back to back. Double Dog Dare U Events' "Double Five Challenge" offers just that: you can run a 5 mile race, a 5K race, or a 5 mile + 5K race (in that order). All this takes place on April 9, 2016, starting at 8 a.m. at the George Rogers Park in Lake Oswego. Both the 5 mile and 5K courses run on Old River Road and should offer a great view of the Willamette River. Portions of the proceeds from this race will go to benefit Oregon area high schools. This will be my first time running a Double Dog Dare U Event race, and I'm looking forward to it.

I like races where the organizers have thought about logistics, and number one on the list for me is parking. It looks like lots of parking has been set aside in the upper part of the park. Yea! There will be porta-potties near the start line. Double yea! Finally, water/aid support on the course is at the 2 mile mark. The 5K is a straight out and back, so the support station is actually past the 5K turnaround, but the 5 milers will cross it both ways. On top of it all, there will be Dave’s Killer Bread, fruit, and water afterward, plus awards for the overall top three male and female finishers in each of the three distances (5K, 5 mile, 5K + 5 mile), as well as ribbons for age group winners.

I did have a question about how the double five challenge would be timed – was it merely the sum of the chip times for the 5K and the 5 mile run, meaning you could rest in between? The answer is that the total 8.1 mile distance will be chip timed, with 5 mile and 5K splits, as well as the time in between … so basically, resting in between won’t affect the 5 mile and 5K times, but it will affect the double five challenge time.


Double Five Challenge

When: April 9, 2016, at 8 a.m.

Where: George Rogers Park, Lake Oswego

Register: Online here (5K: $40; 5 mile: $45; 5K + 5 mile: $50 – all will also add a small processing fee); includes tech shirt, size guaranteed through March 20, so register ASAP. Online registration closes April 7. Day of race registration is available but will cost $5 more per race.


Disclosure: (1) Run Oregon blogger Tina Langley is a co-owner of Double Dog Dare U Events, and (2) I have received a comp entry to this race.

About Tung Yin (278 Articles)
Law prof by day, runner all the time. Got off the couch in January 2011 and have been obsessed with running ever since.
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