This time of year is a great time to go after hills. Trails are still usually in great shape, and it’s cooler, so you won’t overheat as quickly as you push yourself up a challenging incline. So, this week’s Strava Segment of the Week is a hill at Cooper Mountain Nature Park between Beaverton and Hillsboro on the edge of wine country: The Little Prairie Loop Climb.
This segment is a half mile with a 9% grade – a serious hill (otherwise known as speedword in disguise). You’ll climb from 121 feet to 368 feet, a difference of 247 feet! This is a popular segment with a select group of 147 people, who have attempted it a total of 1,138 times as of October 13, 2017. The segment starts at the lowest end of the Little Prairie Loop (one of the two main trails at the park); this is the end furthest from the parking area) and runs straight back along the trail up the hill. No turns, so you shouldn’t get lost.
Our segment from two weeks ago was in Troutdale, named “In the Woods.” The old course records still hold, but keep trying!
As of October 13, 2017, the course records for the Little Prairie Loop Climb are:
Women’s: Hilary Heskett from April 2017, 5:23
Men’s: Chris McIssac from April 2017, 4:09
So, can you beat their times and become the leader of this segment? You have until Friday, October 27 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.
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.