This is my race recap of Noah's Quest which took place Saturday, June 25th. If you are in the market for a tiny race with a lot of heart, look no further than Noah's Quest that takes place the last Saturday of June. Located in a small park in Sandy, Or the majority of participants are bereaved family members and supportive friends for those who have lost a baby, however all are welcome and encouraged to join in this heart warming and uplifting event. The beneficiary and host of this event is the non profit support group Brief Encounters.
This was my second time participating and the event is in it's 11th year. Mostly known by word of mouth, the event is small with 18 participants (or there about) in the 5K and a mere 8 runners in the 10K runner's wave. The 5K walker's wave may have had about 25 participants. It's a no frills event with no large trophies or any winner's podium. No bells or whistles to announce age group winners or a finisher's medal to wear around your neck. Although some of these things may be typical of a larger race, this event is not lacking in heart, enthusiasm, and love. You will find a dove release, a memorial booth you can choose to visit or not to see how your race entry supports the families of Brief Encounters and you will feel the large sense of community this event pulls together.
Eager 1K runners awaiting their balloon creation
The race starts at Sandy Bluff Park and enters into the nearby neighborhood for a short distance until entering the beautiful and shady trail in the area. There is a stroller-friendly route that skirts the trail portion, but the packed trail is my favorite part. The course is well marked with sidewalk chalk or flags of ribbon along the trail and loops back to Sandy Bluff Park. 10K participants do this same course twice and before all the other waves begin, the kids do the 1K race (which is one loop of Sandy Bluff park).
The 5K and 10K runners are timed by Russ Zornick and each runner and walker are noted as they enter the finisher’s chute to determine that every person has been accounted for. After finishing this year, children filled the playground as they waited their turn with the balloon artist twisting some crazy and fun creations for them. Bagels, orange slices, bananas, hot coffee and cold water were also enjoyed. And each participant was given a pair of tech socks along with a raffle ticket for a chance to stay in a beautiful house on the coast. More raffle tickets were available for purchase.
The event is perfect for a competitive training run or for someone looking for a friendly stroll, and something the whole family can enjoy. I’ll be there again next year and hope to see you there too.