Race Preview: Uberthons 2018 Winter Half Marathon/Quarter Marathon/5K (Aloha)

It’s 2018, and with a new year comes a whole new set of Uberthons races, starting off with the Oregon Winter Event at its traditional home, The Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club in Aloha. Race day is Saturday, January 20.

If you like half marathons, this is the first of four that Uberthons will be staging in 2018 – one for each season, and each in a different location. This one takes place entirely on the paths of the golf courses. That means solid footing, gentle hills (occasionally), and lots of twists and turns. (It’s the same location used for the Luckython and Halloweenathon, so if you have run either of those events, you’ll be familiar with the first half of the course.)

If you poke around the race website, you’ll see that the word BACON shows up on the front page, and it’s a clickable hyperlink. At the risk of spoiling things, I’ve copied the hyperlink here so that you can see what is being offered at the race (… and I don’t mean just the post-race food).

There are three race distances available: 5K, quarter marathon, and half marathon. The 5K covers most of the south golf course. The quarter marathon covers the south and north courses once, and the half marathon covers them both twice. When you’re done racing, if you didn’t get your fill of bacon during the race, there’s a post-race soup bar and more.

I ran this race (5K) last year and recapped it here; that should give a pretty good idea of the race location, set up, logistics, and general atmosphere.

Race entry fee gets you a racing bib with chip timing, in-race(!?) and post-race food, and finisher’s medal. There are medals for overall winners (top 3 male and female), 45+ winners, and 65+, plus three deep age group winner pins. Half marathoners get a race shirt; quarter marathoners and 5Kers can buy a slightly different race shirt for $19.99.


Oregon Winter Event (Half Marathon, Quarter Marathon, 5K)

When: Saturday, January 20, 2018, staggered starting times 8:30 (half), 8:45 (quarter), 9:00 (5K)

Where: The Reserve Vineyards & Golf Club, 4805 SW 229th Avenue, Aloha

Register: Online here (Half = $65, Quarter = $50, 5K = $40; each will also add a small processing fee)*

Pre-race packet pickup: Thursday, January 18, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott, 6100 SW Meadows Road, Lake Oswego

* Note: If you are a half or quarter marathon fanatic, Uberthons is offering 2018 packages:

(1) Get entry to all four Oregon Half Marathons for $220 (savings of $40); or

(2) Get entry to the Oregon Summer Marathon plus the other three seasonal Half Marathons for $235 (savings of $40); or

(3) Get entry to all four Oregon Quarter Marathons for $165 (savings of $35)

Just scroll down the registration page until you see the package you are interested in.

Virtual racing: For those out of state readers who are interested in participating virtually, click here. You pay a much discounted price and get a stopwatch (for timing results, naturally), racing bib, and finisher’s medal.

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