Race Preview: 2018 Worst Day of the Year Run (Troutdale)

Even though we have entered the “dark days” of the year, and rain has been in our lives, I still haven’t felt overwhelmed with the bad weather. Things can (and will) definitely get worse. The Worst Day of the Year 5k is counting on it – all while putting on a fun and challenging race at McMenamin’s Edgefield. This year’s event is on February 3, 2018.

Run Oregon ran this event this past year and had this to say:

Overall a very fun and well done event! The course was very well-marked, and the field spread out quickly without causing much congestion. While I don’t dress up myself, I enjoy watching other costumed runners. The views from the top of the hill were fantastic…[t]he scenery is beautiful, and you can really make a day of it at Edgefield’s bars, restaurants, and spa.

Depending on if you are a morning person or not, there are multiple options for your start – 9a, 10a, or 11a. You can also choose if you want to be chip-timed or not. Expect wet conditions (most years) and needing good shoes considering that the double-loop course has lots of rolling hills and packed gravel. The views of the river below should offer some reprieve from the challenge at hand.

Afterwards, stick around with your swag (see below) and hang out at Edgefield’s numerous restaurants, bars, and awesome grounds – which will be up and running all day. Come decked up in costume for an awesome experience. Follow the race on Facebook for all the latest info..

Worst Day of the Year 5k details:
When: Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 9am, 10am, or 11am
Where: McMenamin’s Edgefield (map)
Registration: Online here; $35, $10 for children 12 and under; includes Columbia beanie hat, finisher’s medal, post-race McMenamins soup, and photo booth

About Author

Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching hockey, going to as many breweries (618) and wineries (152) as he can, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.

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