Race Preview: 2016 Uberthons Scrub Run Derby (5K and 1 mile)

Supposedly, the ultramarathon race originated as an idea about a human versus horse race. In a short distance, of course, we bipedals would have zero chance against a horse, and the Scrub Run Derby is not that kind of race. However, it is the race for you if you've ever wondered what it would be like to run on a horseracing track - specifically, the one at Portland Meadows. That means this is about the easiest 5K race course there is to describe (apart from a track 5000 meter race). It's three times around the 1-mile horseracing track, starting on the outermost lap, and moving inward each additional mile. There will also be a 1 mile race, which will be - you guessed it - one time around the track. But wait, there's more!

Why is this race called the Scrub Run? The answer is that it’s a partnership with the Medical Society of Metropolitan Portland (MSMP), and the post-race festivities include a meal and a performance by the winner of the Annual Battle of the Doctor Bands.

And if you are really fast, you have a chance to win one of the cash prizes – $125 each for the male and female winners of the 5K and 1 mile races, and $500 for the winner of the 5K team race.

The entry fee covers the chip timing bib, finisher’s medal, meal, and concert. A special race shirt is available for $10, which helps support Dollar for Portland. There’s also a request to benefit Doernbecher Children’s Hospital by bringing an item on the kids’ wish list.


Scrub Run Derby

When: Saturday, August 20, 2016, at 9:00 a.m.

Where: Portland Meadows, 1001 N. Schmeer Road, Portland, Oregon

Register: Online here ($35 for 5K; $30 for 1 mile race; each will also include a small processing fee)

Pre-race packet pickup: Thursday, August 18, 2016, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Big Al’s, 14950 SW Barrows Road, Beaverton


About Tung Yin (277 Articles)
Law prof by day, runner all the time. Got off the couch in January 2011 and have been obsessed with running ever since.
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