Small Race Preview: 2017 Aurora Colony Days 1K/5K

Aurora Colony Days 2017 is coming!  Don’t miss the festivities which include a Colony Parade, an art show, a bustling street faire, food and beer, a concert in the park and, most importantly (at least in our opinion), a 5K.

Matt has ran this race before and had this to say:

The race was very simple, well-organized and put-together, and catered to all different racing abilities.

The course has remained the same since 2012, and while I am generally not too fond of consecutive loops, I found that I did not mind it at all. These loops allowed for significant straight stretches down quiet (and beautiful) neighborhood streets. I actually ran in the middle of the roads for the entire 20+ minutes and never saw a car.

There was a minor hill right at the start and near mile 1.25 (and again near mile 2.25 on the second loop), but the great majority of the race was flat and prime for PR’s. In fact, I ran my fastest 5k this year (and beat my 5k from Thursday eventing by almost 100 seconds).

I would recommend this race to anyone looking to reach that elusive record, as well as to everyone looking for a great small-town race in a great town. There is so much to do afterwards at the Aurora Colony Days, it seems impossible to not stick around. By 830am, the streets were already lined with antiques and the fair vibe was in full effect.

The course, regardless of which length you choose, will take you through the historic streets of Aurora, Oregon with the start and finish line located at the Old Aurora Colony Museum.  Get some exercise with the family (strollers are welcome!) and then explore the rest of the festival!

Date: Saturday, August 12, 2017

Time: 5K begins at 7:30am, 1K kids fun run begins at 8:30am.

Location: Old Aurora Colony Museum – 15018 2nd Street, Aurora, OR

Cost: 5K – $20 per participant, 1K – $10 per participant

Register: Click HERE to register!

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