This week we are visiting a segment on one of my all-time favorite routes, a short curvy section that winds for 0.3 miles through Tigard’s Woodard Park. It serves as a connector between the sections of Fanno Creek Trail that run behind Fowler Middle School and the new section that runs under Highway 99, and the park has a porta-potty and a drinking fountain (that’s only on in the summer, but still).
The segment runs from the start of the asphalt trail off SW Johnson Street in Tigard and then winds through the tall trees, past the play structure, and around a large grassy field before finishing at SW Tiedeman. The last 20 feet are a pretty short but noticeable incline, making this segment a challenge. This segment has been tried 1,520 by 1,312 people.
As of May 18, 2017, the course records for the Woodard Park NB segment are:
Women’s: Hillary Kupish from June 2016, 2:08
Men’s: Chris McIsaac from May 2017, 1:39
So, can you beat their times and become the leader of this segment? You have until Thursday, June 1 at noon to try and break the record and see your name in “lights” on Run Oregon! We’ll post a new Segment next Friday at 12.
Our segment from two weeks ago was the Eugene Mile 1, and there are no new CRs as of yet. The women’s record of 5:24, held by Kimberley Doerksen, stands, but the men’s record was beat by Eric Finan on May 7, 2017 (so, presumably at the Eugene Half Marathon) with a time of 4:47. Finan finished the 2017 Eugene Half Marathon in 1:06:11, winning the race outright, in addition to claiming this Segment. The previous men’s CR, held by Andrew Lemoncello from May 2015, had been 4:52.
Strava is an online training and racing log for runners and cyclists. The basic account is free and requires you to create a login. There is also a premium version, but in order to run and record routes as described in this post, you do not need to subscribe to their premium service. Note that this is not sponsored by Strava, nor endorsed or supported in any way by Strava. It’s just a fun thing we’re going to do to give some speedy shout-outs to area runners and pose a challenge to those of you willing to take on their segment.