Spring racing season is almost here and I know that once the Shamrock Run kicks off the season, I am looking for some motivation to get me ready to run on those sunny summer days. Last fall, I ran the Portland Trail Series and had a lot of fun with all the runners and enjoyed that the race organizers, Go Beyond Racing, were friendly and welcoming. However, I was looking for something a little more low-key and convenient than Forest Park for this spring, and I was thrilled to hear that the same folks are putting on the Spring Go Race Series a little closer to home.
The format of the Spring Go Race Series is very similar to the Trail Series. Every Wednesday starting April 5th for four weeks, there will be a chip-timed 5k race at 6:30PM. There are four 5k races in all (two at Cook Park and two at Tualatin Community Park) and the route is different for every race. The route map will be posted the Monday before each race on the website and on the Go Race Series Facebook Page.
There are prizes too … every participant who does at least three of the four races are included in the Overall Series standing (if you participate in all four races, your results will be based on your best three races) and if you do well you could win some excellent gear from some of the sponsors. There is also an awards ceremony immediately after the last race on April 26th, where the Series winners and age group winners will get awards and there will be a raffle as well.
If you have trouble committing to races, especially four at once, you can make a last-minute decision and register between 5:45PM and 6:00PM on the day of the race you want to run. The cost for signing up on the spot is $20.
I personally think this will be a great opportunity for me to improve on my 5k pace before the races I have coming up later in the year and running alongside all those other runners gets me in the spirit to try harder. I hope to meet some of you out there!
Race Name: Spring Go Race Series
When: Wednesdays, April 5, April 12, April 19, and April 26 at 6:30PM
Where: Tualatin Community Park, 8515 SW Tualatin Road (April 5th & April 12th) and Cook Park, 17005 SW 92nd Ave (April 19th & April 26th.)
Cost: $75 for all four races or $20 for drop-in registration per race. T-shirts will also be available for $20.