“It’s the journey, not the destination” is the familiar quote that ran through my head many times while I was trekking through my first X-Dog race. There are lots of Adventure Runs out there, but the ones that X-Dog Events host are the real deal. I limped away from my race sore with cuts and bruises all over a body covered in a combo of sweat, mud, and water. It was probably one of the most awesome runs I had experienced at that point in my life. The Havoc at the Hideout 8k Trail Run on Saturday May 7th at Hornings Hideout in North Plains should be no different. There’s definitely a journey involved, even more so if you choose to camp out while you are there. You are probably aware of the awesomeness that being a part of the running culture affords us, but hanging out over a campfire with your fellow racers really reminds you again about how we are all in this together.
This race, a great introduction to X-Dog Race season, has a tropical theme. Everyone is encouraged to wear a flower shirt or something of that nature, no matter what the Oregon weather brings. Once you cross the finish line, you will be lei’d and there will be some tako poke waiting for you and possibly some mai tai sno cones.. this alone should be worth registering for, in addition to the beer and pretzels.
If you’ve never been to Hornings Hideout, you’ll be in for a treat. This place offers a lot of recreational options including camping, fishing, paddle boats, and of course some cool trails. As mentioned above, on site camping is available, and it’s a fun way to make a weekend out of it. You are encouraged to bring your friends and families and have a picnic and otherwise enjoy all that the Hideout has to offer. Please do be aware that there’s a small fee for camping, as well as a fee to enter the Hideout.
If my comments about the bruises and cuts scared you, don’t let that stop you. There is no experience necessary and all abilities are welcome. You get to decide how you want to tackle this course. This trail run travels throughout the property of Hornings Hideout and will offer lots to look at and a varied terrain through some old growth forest. You’ll follow a one-lap loop, about 5-6 miles long, with lots of single-track and some wide sections of trail. And did I mention that there are peacocks out there everywhere? How many other courses can offer you that?
After you complete the race, hang out for awhile to see who won the overall and age group awards (maybe it’s you!) as well as to have a chance at some random prizes. This should be a super fun event and a great excuse to use that coconut bra you have stored in your closet. And maybe you’ll come away with a journey worth remembering. Maybe you aren’t as klutzy as me either.
When: Saturday, May 7th, 10:00AM
Where: Hornings Hideout (21277 NW Brunswick Canyon Rd. North Plains, OR)
Registration Cost: $30.00 (Price increases $5 after April 22nd.) There is a small entry fee into the Hideout as well as a fee if you choose to camp.
Packet Pick-Up: Day of Race Registration/Check-In at 8:30AM