Small Race Preview: 2016 Run for the White Oak Savanna (the last one!)

Sunlight thru trees in the White Oak Savanna

When a race has been run every year since 2012, it usually wouldn’t be cause to cheer its last year, but that’s the situation here – this will be the 5th, and last, year of the Run for the White Oak Savanna. That’s because the sponsoring group, Neighbors for a Livable West Linn, expects to reach its fundraising goal this year, which will enable it to purchase the remaining acres of the White Oak Savanna for restoration and preservation efforts.

This is a track race, taking place at Rosemount Ridge Middle School in West Linn. It’s 12 1/2 laps on the 400 meter track, with a large timing clock visible to runners, and an honor system of reporting your finishing time to the race volunteers. At $22.50, this is a great bargain of a race. There’s plenty of drinks and food donated by local food vendors, and there are very nice prizes from Columbia Sportswear, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Adidas, Nike, REI, and other sports companies. Plus, you get a race shirt!

Because of scheduling conflicts, I didn’t get to run this race in 2015, but I did run it in 2013 and 2014. It’s a well-organized, low-key, low-stress, fun event, and 5K on the track is definitely a different experience than on a road or other hard surface.

Run for the White Oak Savanna

When: May 1, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. (there’s also a 1 mile walk starting at 10:00 a.m.)

Where: Rosemount Ridge Middle School, 20001 Salamo Road, West Linn

Register: $22.50 ($25 day of race), by April 15 to guarantee T-shirt size; download the race flyer with registration instructions here.

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