During the winter months in Oregon, there are fewer races to choose from than in the summer, but the ones that keep their spot on the calendar for many years are the fun and well executed events, such as X-Dog Events’ Ho Ho 5k in Tigard. I have participated in this event several times, and whether it was 20*F or pouring rain, I had a great time. The race starts and ends in Cook Park just south of Tigard High School. Pre- and post-race activities are set up under a big picnic shelter that can accommodate just about all participants. Flush toilets are available in the park as well, and there is plenty of parking.
The course starts with a steep hill out of the park into a neighborhood and takes you zigzagging through the neighborhood streets. About one mile into the race, there’s a short steep path down to the paved biking trail along the Tualatin river. From there on, the route is gently rolling, mostly on paved paths and a short bit on bark-chipped trails through the forest.
At the finish, you will be awarded your finisher’s tree seedling. You’ll be able to enjoy food and hot apple cider, and all participants are eligible for raffle drawing prizes. Costumes are encouraged!
Don’t forget to bring in blankets, jackets, canned food, and pet food for the Union Gospel Mission and the Oregon Humane Society. If you bring in items to donate, you will receive a $5 coupon off your next Xdog Events race entry or event shirt.
Ho Ho 5k details:
When: Sunday, December 3; 10am
Where: Cook Park, Tigard (map)
Registration: Online here
Registration cost: $20 for adults; $12.50 ages 6-12; $5 ages 5 and under. (Prices increase to $25/$15/$5 on Nov 24)
Registration includes: Chip timed race, post-race food and raffles, tree seedling. Shirts available for purchase.
Packet Pickup: Day of race starting at 8:30am