The 4th annual Warrior Love 5K is back on the Oregon Coast this February – tackling the Nehalem State Park and raising money for the S.H.E Warriors, the local city’s 4th and 5th grade girls running club, which promotes self-confidence, friendship, and health while training for local 5k and 10k races! This chip timed event runs in the trails around the park and is pretty low-key and well put together.
Teresa ran this event last year and had this to say:
I loved running through the park. The course was mostly paved and pretty well-marked, even for someone directionally challenged. It was still beautiful with the grey skies and liquid sunshine and was pretty fun puddle hopping. My favorite site, though, wasn’t the waves along the bay or trees blowing in the wind, but a father and son hand in hand near the finish line. The little guy was MAYBE in grade school and it made my heart happy to witness them sharing this special time. Hopefully I didn’t’ ruin their moment by telling them that.
They passed out medals and water at the finish line and participants could grab some chili and a grilled cheese sandwich and warm up by the fire. I really wanted to stick around for the raffle, since the prizes were pretty impressive. There were vacation rentals, $100 cash and other coastal company goodies, but I put my ticket in for the $50 NIKE gift card. I’ll never know if they drew my name, since a warm shower sounded better than any prize.
Warrior Love Run was a great excuse to make a trip to the beach. I loved everything about it last year and really didn’t think it could get any better. Events aren’t just about the timing chips, they’re about the heart and this one has a whole lot of heart.
Afterwards, stick around for cider & hot chocolate, as well as free grilled cheese & chili in front of the bonfire!
If you do decide on taking a trip to the coast for this, I recommend checking out the Houses on Manzanita Beach for a great time!
Warrior Love 5K (Nehalem)
When: Sunday, February, 4th at 10AM
Where: Nehalem Bay State Park 9500 Sandpiper Lane, Nehalem
Register: Online here; $25