Race Preview: Oregon Road Runners Club’s 2017 Best Dam Run (Estacada)

If running on a course that is mostly downhill (read: fast and flat) and mostly paved, than this is the race for you. Look forward to kicking off your fall running season with a PR after all the training put in over the summer months. With usually sunny and perfectly cool weather, Best Dam Run is a race many ORRC members look forward to. It is also the final event of the year for the club’s 10K series. With two aid stations on course, and a closed start where runners and walkers can stretch pre-race and a post-race beer garden, this event is one of the favorites of many club members.

Best Dam Run is one of my favorite ORRC events! Okay, so I’ve only run it once before (last year) and cannot run it this year, since it coincides with my family vacation (I should have planned better), but it is truly a beautiful and fun course. Fast and flat-mostly downhill-it’s the perfect course!

To make the event run even more smoothly this year, more porta potties will be added at the start line for participants. It’s also important to note that if you run this race, note that when coming into town you should run on the road (it’s coned off from traffic) instead of the sidewalk. The finish line is set up mere meters from the last turn, so if you’re on the sidewalk you’ll be putting yourself at a weird angle to get over the timing mats.

Participants pose with beautiful scenery pre-race.

Best Dam Run 10K has been chosen by Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) for their Western Regional Championship series. The RRCA Championship Series, the largest grassroots organized running series in the US, attracting over 320,000 runners annually, shines a spotlight on well-run events and awards top performing runners in the open, masters (40+), grand masters (50+), and senior grand masters (60+) categories for both men and women.

Note: this race is capped at 750 runners, so don’t delay and sign up TODAY!

Essential Information:

What: The 34th Annual ORRC Best Dam Run 10K Run & Walk

When: Saturday September 23rd@ 8:30am

Where: 470 Broadway Street, Estacada, OR

Course Information:  This all paved point-to-point route is a great PR course as it’s basically all downhill. The course meanders along the wild and scenic Clackamas River to finish at Broadway St. in downtown Estacada. PLEASE note that no strollers or pets will be allowed on course for safety reasons. Since there are parts of the course that are NOT closed to traffic, the use of headphones are not advised.

Register: Cost for the race is $40 for non-members and $35 for ORRC members, before August 23rd.  After August 23rd, the price increases to $40. ORRC members save $10 on their registration, so make sure to apply the discount code when registering.

Runners enjoying the post-race beer garden.

Day of Race Information: Participants are shuttled from City Hall in Estacada beginning at 8:30 a.m. with a bag drop located at the starting line. Participants will be shuttled from Estacada to the starting line as this is a point to point event. Bus shuttles start at 8:30 am from city hall in Estacada. There will be a bag drop at the starting line.

9:30 am – Walkers start
9:45 am – Runners start


  • Awards will be presented to the top three men & women runners and walkers
  • Ribbons will be presented to the top three in five-year age groups (runners and walkers)
  • Awards ceremony with random prize raffle after the races
  • Must be present to win as awards will not be mailed

 Post-Race Festivities: Enjoy food, music, a raffle and massages provided by local therapists. The local Farmer’s Market will be going on at the Town Hall, just steps away from the race finish. Pack a swimsuit, a change of clothes and a picnic (if it’s a nice day) and visit nearby Milo McIver State Park where activities like disc golf, kayaking, fishing and swimming are popular.


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