The PRC Winter Race Series kicked-off on Saturday December 17th, on one of the coldest days we have had all year. Despite the chilly morning spirits were high and hearts were happy.
112 participants showed up to brave the icy conditions. Pre-race runners were huddled inside drinking coffee and munching on orange slices and donut holes, stretching and chattering with one another. I have always loved the friendliness of the runners that attend the PRC events and was compelled to sign up for the series not only to keep fit over the winter, but because I witnessed all of the fun had by runners last year when I met up with friends for coffee after the third and final race of the series. I knew I had to be a part of the fun.
The course was slightly different from last year’s but only due to the ice on the road and trail. Runners used an abundance of caution, wearing trail shoes and YakTrax. Run Oregon blogger Kelly Barten had her husband put screws into the bottom of her shoes, and she said it worked like a dream. For the tutorial on how to do it, visit this website. Unfortunately for me, I wasn’t able to secure any sort of traction device beforehand so I braved the ice in my regular shoes. Aside from the ice being fairly thick, I only slipped a little. I tried to run on the snowy grass when it was available, which was like running on a slightly wet trail. I knew going into the race I wouldn’t come close to a PR due to the icy conditions and my hesitance on going full speed. Knowing that I have two more opportunities to kick it up a notch and aim for a faster time put me at ease and allowed me to just enjoy myself and the beautiful surroundings.
After the race runners headed back inside PRC for french toast, juice, fruit and hot beverages. Many participants shopped for last-minute holiday gifts, using their race bib for an additional 15% off of anything in the store-pretty sweet perk! Awards for different age groups were handed out and despite the conditions, many PR’s and fast times were set. Many lucky runners stuck around for the raffle, where knit caps, PRC logo sweatshirts, mugs, socks and gift certificates were handed out.
I’m looking forward to next month’s 5K on January 14th. The fun fast and flat course that runs along Fanno Creek trail in Greenway Park will allow for many PR’s. Hope to see you there!
What: Portland Running Company’s Winter 5K Series put on by Run With Paula Events.
Where: Portland Running Company’s Beaverton location: 10029 SW Nimbus Ave. Beaverton, Or 97008.
When: Race #2 is on January 14th and Race #3 is on February 18th.
Registration: Online here: Each race is $25. The complete series is $60. You can also purchase a series shirt for $15.
Perks: At the end of each race, hot drinks, pancakes or french toast, yogurt, Dave’s Killer Bread and other goodies will be handed out. After the last race, prizes will be handed out to those who accurately predict their time and reach their goals. There will also be a multitude of gift cards and awesome running gear raffled off-so make sure to attend this race!
Packet Pick Up: Pick them up day-of-race. Doors open @ 7:30am.
Course: The course will run from Portland Running Company to Fanno Creek Trail in Greenway Park. All races will be the same course weather permitting. One water station will be on course with water and Glukos Sports Drink. The course will be well marked and easy to follow. Both runners and walkers – all abilities welcome.
Bonus: Staff from The Sunshine Pantry will be onsite to collect food and hygiene items for those in need. You can see a list of items needed here.