This week’s Portland Marathon Clinic free long run will start from the Athleta Store at Washington Square Mall in Tigard, just off the 217. The run itself will start promptly at 8a, but the mall opens at 6a so you should have no problem getting in to the store on time.
The route itself is a 16-miler of primarily flat paths with a good amount of shade – click here to check it out. The run starts by heading west(ish) on SW Hall Boulevard to the new Rancho 99 Market (which used to be Albertson’s) and then turning left to run south on the Fanno Creek Trail. Most of the trail should be dry, but on Monday the section under Scholls Ferry was mainly underwater, in which case the pacers may take you up to the light to avoid the water.
The route runs over North Dakota St. and Tigard Ave, then across Tiedeman to Woodard Park where there is a porta-potty. From there it runs on sidewalk to the newest section of the trail, across Main Street all the way to Hall to the turnaround at the Tigard Library, where there is water and potties. This turnaround marks five miles. You’ll then retrace your steps back to Hall by the grocery store and cross at the pedestrian crosswalk, going over the 217 on Denney to the other new section of trail, and then crossing at SW Scholls/SW Allen to get on the trail for about one more mile before heading back, this time going back to Washington Square Mall.
Remember your own hydration and nutrition, and enjoy this last long run before you start your taper in earnest!