As a race organizer, I am sure it is challenging to find the right balance between keeping a race the same in order to keep the participants who liked it and to make changes to turn it into an even better event than last year. Now in its 3rd year, HTC Race Series is giving the Red White and Blues 10k a thorough overhaul.
Since I am a SW suburb dweller, I am excited about the move to West Linn! It is a beautiful area to run in, and only very few races take place here. The course is a point to point 10k (no more 5k option) that starts with a nice two mile long downhill. The start line is at the intersection of Rosemont Rd and Salamo Rd, right next to Rosemont Ridge Middle School. Participants will park at nearby Willamette Christian Church and walk to the start line, where they can find packet pickup and gear check (which will ferry your gear to the finish area). After the race, shuttles will run continuously to take participants back to their cars.
The race starts at the corner of Rosemont Rd and Salamo Rd in West Linn. From there, runners head west on Rosemont Rd for half a mile, then turn left onto Wisteria Rd for two miles of downhill running through beautiful countryside. Participants then enter West Linn and run through neighborhoods to Willamette Falls Park, where the course will be on walking paths for about half a mile. There’s a very short incline to get from the park back onto the road, and the remaining 1.5 miles run again on neighborhood streets in downtown West Linn to the finish on 13th St near Willamette Falls Drive.
The finish party will include food and drink, raffles from vendors, awards for the top 3 finishers male and female overall and in age groups, and a “most patriotic” costume contest. The free kids race for youngsters ages 3-10 starts at 9:30 near Lil’ Cooperstown restaurant on Willamette Falls Drive. Shuttles will be ready to start taking runners back to their cars at 9am and will run continuously until 12pm.
Register now before the final price increase on July 20th.
Red White and Blues details:
When: Saturday, July 2nd; 7:30am start
Where: West Linn, OR (map of start)
What: 10k, kids race for ages 10 and under
Registration: online here
Registration cost: $55 (through June 19th; $60 thereafter); free kids run for youth ages 10 and under.
Registration includes: Chip timed race, event t-shirt, finisher’s medal, post-race food and entertainment, beer and wine for 21+.
Packet Pickup: Thursday, June 30th: 10:00am – 7:00pm at Carr Chevrolet Beaverton (map); Friday, July 1st: 10:00am – 6:00pm at Active EDGE West Linn (map); Race Day starting at 6:30am