I like exploring new trails and I like loop courses, so this week our Strava Segment of the Week is in West Linn/Gladstone/Oregon City on the scenic Clackamas River Trail loop. Even if you don’t want to try to knock off the course record holder, this would be a great little loop to keep in your route catalog.
The route is 2.7 miles and it’s pretty flat for the most part. It starts on Main Street, which is off McLoughlin pretty close to the Starbucks off the I-205. The loop goes counter-clockwise; starting out in a greenway with a short stretch through a neighborhood (but with the river immediately on your left) before crossing the river. Once on the north side of the river, you’ll be running through another greenway and then a segment with some homes and some businesses, including a brand-new (still under construction as of this posting) 24 Hour Fitness, turning at the Walgreen’s to head back to Main Street.
Despite how beautiful this segment is, it’s only been attempted by 20 people for a total of 214 recorded runs.
Last week’s segment was on the Wildwood Trail, but there are no new course records.
As of January 12, 2017, the course records for the Clackamas River Trail loop are:
Women’s: Tracie Wolfe from April 2016, 22:28
Men’s: Bradley Loughlin from January 2016, 15:57
So, can you beat their times and become the leader of this segment? You have until Thursday, January 25 at noon to try and break the record and see your name in “lights” on Run Oregon! We’ll post a new Segment next Friday at 12.
Strava is an online training and racing log for runners and cyclists. The basic account is free and requires you to create a login. There is also a premium version, but in order to run and record routes as described in this post, you do not need to subscribe to their premium service. Note that this is not sponsored by Strava, nor endorsed or supported in any way by Strava. It’s just a fun thing we’re going to do to give some speedy shout-outs to area runners and pose a challenge to those of you willing to take on their segment.