Race Preview: 2017 Go Granary 5K (McMinnville)

I’ve been blogging for a few years now, but there have been only a few times where i have the opportunity to write about a race in my hometown. McMinnville is the biggest city in Yamhill County, but it seems to be rather short of races. This one starts and ends in our beautiful downtown area. Benefiting the Sheridan Japanese School, runners can bring their strollers and leashed pets although it will not be timed. The Go Granary 5K will be on June 10th, with the gun going off at 9 am.

The course is a loop, which I prefer, especially since a quick glance gave me a feel for the route. This could be a ‘fast’ course, with only one real climb. It starts in the downtown area and goes to a nearby park where there is a sharp and short decline. You won’t be going into the park proper, but staying on the road that borders it to the west, climbing a long but gradual hill on the way out. The remainder is on a quiet industrial road then through some various residential areas while heading south towards the finish area.  While the course runs completely on the road, there is sidewalk and bike lane for most of it, which will be utilized if the roads are not closed for the event.

Early registration is open until the 1st, with multiple options. Adults springing for the shirt will be $25, while passing on the shirt brings it down to $10, which is a screaming deal for a 5K. There is also a special price for participants under 18, $20 for the race and shirt, which is a technical tee. DOE registration starts at 7:15 and is an additional $5, but shirts are only guaranteed while supplies last.

The granary district that is hosting this is home to a brewery and downtown McMinnville is literally three blocks away. I may be biased, but the area is quaint and unique. If you are coming from out of town, it would be worth your time to just make a day of it. With the 9 am start time, there is plenty of time to get ready or make the trip out. While the run is not timed, if the weather cooperates, there should be a great view of Mount Hood while running from Joe Dancer Park. The beneficiary is also a great cause, a charter school that serves kids in grades 4 through 12. This race will have a small town community feel, with plenty to do afterwards, so take a break from the rat race to check out a charitable run in McMinnville on June 10th.

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