X-Dog Events is know for its off-road and cross country style races. The Ho Ho 5k, however, is run in Tigard’s Cook Park (just behind Tigard High School) on December 4th, and the running surface is mostly paved and woodchip trails throughout the park. Registration and the start/finish is located at picnic shelter 2, so no matter the weather, there’ll be some cover. Festive costumes are encouraged, but of course not required.
The course leaves the park and travels through some quiet neighborhood streets. At just over a mile, runners will take a bike path that follows the Tualatin River back to Cook Park. The course then travels throughout the park on mainly wood chip and paved paths. The course is a beauty!
After finishing the race, all finishers receive an evergreen tree seedling. (I still have my tree from the 2013 event!) Awards are given to the top three male and female finishers both overall and in the masters category, and all participants are eligible to win raffle prizes. Hot cider will warm you up, ho-hos and sno-balls replenish the calories you just spent. We are even expecting a visit from The Man in Red himself!
The event also collects donations for Union Gospel Mission and the Oregon Humane Society. They are in desperate need for canned food, jackets, blankets, and dog and cat food for the Oregon Humane Society. Any donation of items listed will give you a $5 discount off your registration or your event t-shirt purchase.
To get an idea of what the event is like, you can find photos of last year’s run here.
Ho Ho 5k details:
When: Sunday, December 4; 10am
Where: Cook Park, Tigard (map)
What: 5k run and walk
Registration: Online here
Registration cost: $20 ($25 after 11/27); $11 for ages 6-11; $5 for ages 5 and under. Event shirts $15.
Registration includes: chip-timed race, hot cider, Ho Hos and and Sno-Balls, tree seedling for all finishers, awards to top three overall and masters, raffle prizes.