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Don’t miss the ORRC Up the Lazy River 10k on Memorial Day!

The start of the 2015 UTLR.

What are you doing Monday? Hopefully not working, as it's a day that nearly every business shuts down so that employees can spend time with their families. (And if you are working, it's probably in the service industry, so thank you!) So if you're not busy, check out ORRC's Up the Lazy River 10k at Mary S. Young Park in West Linn. Run Oregon blogger Abby and I are two of the race directors (my friend Will Cortez is the third), and we've set up a nice little race for you. The race is chip-timed by Huber Timing, and the accurate course has only one big hill on it. Two aid stations (one mid-way, one for the last mile) will keep you cool if things heat up, and post-race bagels, bananas, and granola will tide you over until your afternoon BBQ.

Michael Heath of Lake Oswego at the 2015 UTLR.

You can still sign up online here for $35 (use the code READRUN by the 29th to save $8) or wait until day of race and sign up for $40 starting at 7:30a. All registered participants receive a pair of Up the Lazy River socks from Fitsok.

New and fun this year is a challenge for you speedsters. We still don’t have an official name for it, so I’ll call it the “Speedster Challenge.” Women who finish the course faster than 48:00 and men who finish faster than 42:00 will earn a 2016 Up the Lazy River hat, courtesy of race sponsor Portland Running Company. These will be sent out AFTER the race to all those who qualify. There’s no way to get this hat if you don’t earn it!

Speaking of our sponsor store, Portland Running Company has an amazing deal for those who pick up their race packets at the early pick-up this Saturday. Even if you miss the deadline to do get your packet early, if you’re on my current registrant list, you can still come by the Beaverton PRC during packet pick-up and take advantage of this sweet deal. This Saturday, May 28, between 11a-1p, registered 2016 Up the Lazy River participants that spend $50 will receive a FREE PRC running shirt. I like that deal, because I could spend $50 on running socks alone!

Back to the race! The start line will be set up with separate corrals for race walkers and runners, so that each group has equal access to the course when the gun goes off at 8:30a. The route starts out on the park driveway back up to Highway 43, but turns after a short stint and begins a neighborhood tour. The next two miles are on Old River Road, with views of the Willamette River. The big hill I mentioned, on Glenmorrie, is after this section, with the first aid station around mile 3.5 at the top of the hill. At mile 4, there’s a little section that leaves Highway 43 for a short distance, then rejoins it (up a short but noticeable hill), and then leaves the highway again. Another water station will be set up just after mile 5, before participants will zip back into the park and head to the finish. Click here to see the 2016 ORRC Up the Lazy River course.

As of Wednesday morning, there are more than 400 runners and walkers signed up, so the race should be highly competitive in the front and a ton of fun for everyone. We have made arrangements for participants to park in the lot at the West Linn Lutheran Church at 20390 Willamette Dr. From there, you just walk a quarter mile down Mark Lane and then take a trail connector to the park. Because of this parking situation, we will have a bag check so that you can leave your warm-ups at the race start without having to run back to your car.

So, here are the details – I hope to see you there!

When: Monday, May 30, 2016

What time: The race starts at 8:30a

Where: Mary S. Young Park in West Linn – overflow parking at West Linn Lutheran Church

Register: Online here for $35 (save $8 until Friday with code READRUN) or DOR starting at 7:30a for $40

About Kelly Barten (1148 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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