Memorial Day is coming up fast, and that means it’s time for the Oregon Spring Half Marathon. This is the second in Uberthons’ Half Marathon Series, each of which takes place in a different part of Oregon. Just like last year, the Spring Half will take place at Heirloom Roses in St. Paul on May 27, 2017.
If you haven’t been there before, Heirloom Roses is a fabulous nursery about 40 minutes southwest of Portland. It’s just far enough away that it almost feels like a destination event, and the course is empty of vehicular traffic – well, not counting the pace car.
The course is mostly flat and pretty fast. All race distances – half, quarter, and 5K – start at the same location and head out for about a mile and a half before turning around and heading back toward the start line. The 5K turnaround is a little bit past that, the 10K a little more than another mile and a half, and the half marathon five miles later.
My recap of last year’s event is here. My personal view of the venue is summed up in that recap:
I’ve run races at all of the Uberthons Half Marathon series locations: the Reserve Vineyard and Golf Course (Halloweenathons and Luckythons; this year’s winter half), St. Josef’s Winery (last year’s fall half; this year’s too), the Vernonia-Banks trail (the 2013 fall half/full marathon; this year’s summer half/full). They are all great locations, and I can’t really say that any one of them is my favorite, not when I sit down and think about them all. But I will say that when I left Heirloom Roses that morning to head back to Portland, I was thinking that it would be hard to top Heirloom Roses as a location.
All finisher’s get a race medal, and age/gender group placers (1st, 2d, 3d) get pins, and the top overall, 45+, and 65+ placers get winner’s medals too. Half marathoners get the sleeved tech shirt at packet pickup.
And when you finish the race, you get to gorge on Qdoba!
Oregon Spring Half Marathon, Quarter Marathon, and 5K
When: May 27, 2017, at 7:30 a.m.
Where: Heirloom Roses, 24062 Riverside Drive NE, St. Paul, Oregon
Register: Online here ($75 for half marathon, $50 for quarter marathon, $40 for 5K; special deal available to bundle the half marathon with the remaining series events)
Pre-race packet pickup: May 25, 2017, from 3:30 pm to 7 pm, Fairfield Inn & Suites, 6100 Meadows Lane, Lake Oswego, Oregon