There’s something special about evening races that I just love. It might be because after the race, I don’t have to rush off and take someone to gymnastics or get home to clean bathrooms. Generally, people are able to hang around after the race and chat, eat together, or grab a beer. It’s like a group run where you’re sure to have someone close to your pace, so you can push it if you want or take it easy.
So as you’re waiting for your favorite running shoes to dry out, take a look at these lovely evening summertime races:
- Sunday Evenings 5k in Beaverton
This year’s Sunday Evenings 5k is scheduled for 5p on Sunday, July 9 at SW Bible Church. This is also an extremely budget-friendly race: $5 when you sign up before June 26! This chip-timed race strikes a good balance between serious competitors and serious support on the course for those who aren’t finishing in the top 20. The registration includes dinner, as well, which you can enjoy picnic-style with your friends during the awards ceremony. There’s even fun activities for kids and then a kid’s race. This is one of those “How is this race only $5?” events – and the answer to that is that Beaverton Police and SW Bible Church do an exceptional job planning the race and keeping participants safe. Despite the challenging hilly course, I love this race.
- Go Race 5k Series in Tigard/Tualatin
Full disclosure: I’m friends with the folks at Go Beyond Racing, Todd Janssen and Renee Seker. But I’m friends with them BECAUSE of running – Todd and I worked together to put on ORRC’s Hagg Mud runs for six years. (Todd did most the work.) He and Renee do an amazing job putting on laid-back events with well-marked courses, and the Go Race Series offers four 5k races in Tigard and Tualatin for just $75 when you sign up for the whole series. Single-race sign up is only $20, which is impressive. These runs are on the four Wednesdays in April, each one starting at 6:30p. Two are at Cook Park and two are at Tualatin Community Park.
- ORRC’s new Summer Solstice Sundowner at The Oregon Zoo
Formerly run at Clackamas Community College, I’m extremely excited about the ORRC Summer Solstice Sundowner 5k at The Oregon Zoo. Full details are to be released, but save the date: Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 6:30p. Rumor has it that the race will be followed by a picnic situation on the Zoo’s Amphitheater lawn. Plus, The Oregon Zoo is a lot of fun; this will be a great family event.
Or, join a group run! The Red Lizards offer a number of group runs throughout the week that are free and open to everyone (the Buffalo Gap Pub Run on Wednesdays is a favorite of mine, from back before I had kids and worked downtown). Fleet Feet PDX’s First Thursday Run is especially fun, too – it’s a scavenger hunt run in NW Portland, followed by raffles and beers.