Welcome to a new year of the Races on our Radar series, where we report on cool and/or low-cost races, group runs, price and registration deadlines, and other things we think you should know about it.
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Got tacos?: There’s a delicious 5k race series starting up in Eugene called the Taco Tuesday Twilight Trot Series. The first race is on Tuesday, January 9th, and then there’s one every month (we’ll keep reminding you because running and tacos are two of our favorite things). Registration is $25 when done online ahead of time or $30 DOR. Runs start at Eclectic Edge’s office at 750 Commercial St and start at 6p; registration includes a taco bar and two drink tickets.
Speaking of race series: Remember the PRC Winter 5k Race Series! The next race is Saturday, January 13 at 9a at PRC’s Beaverton store at SW Scholls Ferry and Nimbus. Registration is $30 and comes with a delicious brunch from Stanford’s.
And another race series: (Fidel Banuelos, this is for you) The “Miles in Chiles” Portland Indoor Track Series returns to the University of Portland’s Chiles Center starting on January 17. On that night, there’s a mile, 150m, and 800m. The other meets are January 24 (800m, mile, 3k), January 31 (events TBA), February 7 (800m, mile, 3k), and February 14 (3k).
How about a free run?: “Fat Ass” is a term for a race (usually run in the cold months), with varying distances (usually on the longer side), that are low cost (usually free). Ardor Adventures is hosting the free Perpetua Fat Ass on Saturday, January 13 in Yachats. There’s a potluck after the runs, which include 10k, 20k, 30k, and 50k.
Or a low-price run to benefit Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue!: The Sandelie Mud Run is coming up on Saturday, January 13 (registration closes on January 9th at 10p) at the Sandelie Golf Course in West Linn. The 5k is $22 and the 10k is $27. It’s a cross-country-style run, rain, shine, or snow.
More Series: The ORRC 10k Series and Half Marathon Series both kick off this Saturday, January 6, with the Y2K in Forest Grove. It pays to be an ORRC member if you want to sign up for the half series; members pay $200 for the Half Marathon Series for 5 races. And the 10k Series is only an option if you are an ORRC member: $150 for 7 races.You can’t do both (many of the series events are at races with both distances).
Hey, make your own series: If you’d like to run a half marathon every month, another option for January is the Cascade Half Marathon on January 14 in Turner. There’s also a 10k and a 2-miler. The half is $60, the 10k is $50, and the 2-miler is $10. Looking ahead, a great race in February is the Roaring Run in Scio. The prices for this race will go up on January 5th, so sign up by then for the half for $40, the 10k for $30, or the 5k for $25.