After two weeks in a row of rain at the Spring Go Race Series, it was nice to reward ourselves to the final race on a dry night. There was mud out there on the course but no one got drenched. It was nice to finally get a break, especially since the raffle and awards ceremony followed shortly after the run.
Go Beyond Racing hosted it’s second 5k Go Race Series this Spring and it was a success. Many of us felt having a chip timed race to go to every week helped motivate us to stay active on days where we might not have been “feeling it” otherwise. The 5k races, one every Wednesday night in April, were held at parks in the Tigard/Tualatin area, so they were easy to get to and the courses were manageable. The races were very well organized and the Go Beyond crew were friendly and helpful. There were shoes from On to try out, Cornerstone Chiropractic there to help with any aches and pains, and prizes at the end of the series to vie for. So, pretty much all the perks of a race all laid out for us for four weeks.
Unfortunately, I had to sit out the last race of the series due to a foot injury 10 days before the marathon I’m training for, but the good news is that you only have to attend 3 out of the 4 races to be in the running for the win at the end. So essentially, your worst race can be thrown out or you can skip one if you need to. That’s what I did and it ended up not really hurting my series standing. I placed 1st in my age division and though it was a REALLY small division, it was sure fun competing every week.
All four of the routes, two at Tualatin Community Park and two at Cook Park, were well marked and on paved trails. There were some hills on a couple of the routes and rain 50% of the time, but the races were fast and fun. And it really isn’t a huge commitment. If you weren’t sure you wanted to do all four races, there was always the option to drop in at any of the races individually for $20, which is a great deal for a chip-timed 5k.
After the last race of the series, there was a raffle for free shirts, water bottles, Glukos energy gels, and even a few 1 hour massages. After the raffle, there were medals and prizes for the top female and male categories, and the top female and male finishers in the age divisions.
There weren’t a lot of people signed up for this series, so I’m hoping that it catches on as it continues for the next season. I personally love small races and those little “best kept secrets,” but I think a lot of people would really enjoy this one if they gave it a go. I know a lot of people like to do Go Beyond’s Portland Trail Series, and I personally loved doing that one last year as well, but if you are looking for something a bit more low-key, this is it!