Strava Segment of the Week: PRC Winter 5k

This week’s segment is basically a race, but it’s a nice 3-mile segment on relatively flat sidewalks and paths in Beaverton. The segment “PRC Winter 5k” is, not surprisingly, based on the PRC Winter 5k Series course, and the segment itself is 3.0 miles rather than 3.1, which I like, because then you’re sure to cover the entire segment at the race.

As of today, this segment has only 93 total attempts by 65 people, but I think that will probably go up after this weekend, which is the 2nd race in the 2017-2018 PRC Winter 5k Series. (You can still register, by the way.) It claims a 0% total grade, but that only makes sense as it’s an out-and back. There are a few little dips and climbs and one decent hill, which you go up and then down at the start (for a half mile) and at the last half-mile (to the finish).

Our segment from two weeks ago was the  Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail Climb. It was part of the Columbia Gorge Marathon and Half Marathon, and as of our post, had been attempted 714 times by 2,003 people. Brynje Enderle still holds the women’s course record, by Eric Barten knocked 4 seconds off Scott William’s time from October 2015 with a 3:50 on October 22, 2017.

Remember, Run Oregon has created its own Strava “Club” (free to join, of course). Our little group has grown to 119 members, led last week by Andrew Nelson (64.1 miles) and Mariah Jeffery (56.2 miles) for distance. Our fastest runners last week were Matt Dodd with an average pace of 5:58 per mile and Tonya Clark with an average pace of 7:29 per mile.  Join Run Oregon on Strava here!

As of January 12, 2018, the course records for the segment PRC Winter 5k are:

Women’s: Lydia McRae from December 2017 (at last month’s PRC race, I think)

Men’s: Larry Julson from January 2016

So, can you beat their times and become the leader of this segment? You have until Friday, January 26 at noon to try and break the record and see your name in “lights” on Run Oregon! We’ll post a new Segment next Friday at 12.

Strava is an online training and racing log for runners and cyclists. The basic account is free and requires you to create a login. There is also a premium version, but in order to run and record routes as described in this post, you do not need to subscribe to their premium service. Note that this is not sponsored by Strava, nor endorsed or supported in any way by Strava. It’s just a fun thing we’re going to do to give some speedy shout-outs to area runners and pose a challenge to those of you willing to take on their segment. 

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