One of my favorite race distances is the mile, and I especially love road miles because of their rarity and the novelty of running an all-out mile on city streets. One of my favorite races of all time that I’ve been lucky enough to run was the 5th Avenue Mile in New York City, the Holy Grail and Boston Marathon of road miles. Now, Oregonians have a chance to test their mettle at the 5280 foot distance, at the 3rd Street Mile in Tillamook on the afternoon of New Year’s Eve. And the cool thing about it is the race is “Inspired by the 5th Ave. Mile in New York City”. That tells you this race is no gimmick!
In addition to their reverence for the 5th Avenue Mile, the race organizers also have a great sense of humor as they describe the distance as “1 Mile, 5,280 feet, 63,360 inches, or 17.6 football fields…take your pick,” and warn that “this complicated course may require further studying. Pay particular attention to the mile markers.” In case you hadn’t guessed from that tongue in cheek description, the 3rd Street Mile is a straight point to point course, just like its big brother in Manhattan. Best of all, the course has a net elevation loss of 14 feet! What’s not to love? (Well, 17.6 football fields actually makes it sound like a long way, but trust me, it will go by very quickly).
All proceeds go to the Tillamook High School Track & Field program, and the winning man and woman get their pick of Tillamook Cross Country apparel. Medals will be awarded to age group champions.
What: 3rd Street Mile (“Race, Walk, Jog, or Dance down 3rd Street on New Year’s Eve at 3pm in Tillamook, Oregon.”)
When: Saturday, December 31st, 2016
Where: The race starts at the intersection of Marolf Loop and 3rd St. in Tillamook, and finishes at the appropriately named Goodspeed Park. Participants are encouraged to park near the finish line and carpool or run to the start.
What time: 3:00p
Registration: $20 for adults and $10 for kids 13 or younger. You can register directly from the race website, or register online HERE. You can also register at the finish in Goodspeed park up to 2:45 on race day.