Race Preview: 2016 Tilikum Trail Run and Family Fun (Newberg)

2016 Tilikum Trail Run

Be prepared for an upcoming onslaught of Independence Day races here at Run Oregon. There are so many across the state and it seems like every corner of Oregon is covered. One Fourth of July event that isn't necessarily holiday-themed, yet still shares the date each year, is the Tilikum Trail Run. This event features a competitive 5k and a fun-run of the same distance, as well as a one-mile walk and kids run. If you have family coming in to celebrate with you, there is something for everyone in this Newberg race.

The race course is off-road in nature and covers all sorts of terrain. From road to grass to gravel, this event has it covered. Strollers are even welcome if you think you can handle it. The race course is actually a triple loop (yes triple) around the local lake and should have some nice valley views.

Following the race, stick around for boating and swimming opportunities. You can even grab some BBQ food (hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, etc.) before heading home. New this year will be a scavenger hunt (sort of like Geocaching) for kids, where they will be on the search for  “stamping stations” along the trails. YA completed passport can be exchanged for a prize!


A quick note about day-of-race logistics, from their website:

Check-in begins at 9:00AM.

What to bring:

  • A completed copy of the Tilikum Trail Run Liability Waiver for each participant (required).
  • A copy of your registration confirmation (if pre-registered)
  • Clothing for swimming and/or boating.
  • Sunscreen.

Parking: Parking is limited so carpooling is appreciated.

Personal Items: We’ll have a personal item storage location for you to put your keys and other items while you’re out running or walking.

The race raises funds for kids to attend Camp Tilikum.

Tilikum Trail Run (Newberg)
Date: Monday, July 4, 2016 at 10a
Location: Camp Tilikum
Register: Online here $35 for adults, $15 for youths (17 and under); Add $5 for a pre-paid lunch

About Matt Rasmussen (1568 Articles)
Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching the Olympics, sampling craft beers, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.
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