Considering the fact that this event is scheduled near the (statistically) worst weather day of the year in Portland, it was a lovely, relatively warm day with cloudy skies, some drizzle, some sunshine, when runners and walkers gathered at McMenamin’s Edgefield for the Worst Day of the Year 5k. My entire family had decided to join the fun, and we arrived at Edgefield About half an hour before our 10am start time. The 9am group was already on the course, and as we approached the start/finish area we heard the MC announce finishers and their costumes.
Check-in was quick and easy. We got our bibs (we had opted not to use chip timing this time) and a Columbia winter hat, which we were able to trade at the hat table, choosing from eight different color and style combinations. The line at the photo booth was short, so we got a nice family picture taken. We browsed the vendors, made some sunglasses at the REI table, before dropping off my coat and goodies at the bag check.
At 10am, our wave of runners was started. Due to the narrow trails on the Edgefield golf course, our wave of no more than 500 runners was released in several smaller groups of people to reduce congestion on the course, and it really helped! I had just gotten over a chest cold, so was taking it easy. The course is very pretty; the gravel paths weaving around the golf course had some significant hills, offering gorgeous views of the Columbia and the Washington shoreline. One loop of the golf course trail is exactly 1.55miles, so we crossed under the finish arch to run our second loop. The sunshine had now given way to slight drizzle, which actually feels nice at this point in the race. The second loop went just as well, even though I had to hike up some of those hills to give my recuperating lungs a chance to breathe.
I crossed the finish line, received my sparkly rain cloud finisher’s medal and a cup of water. Since our family had all dressed up in coordinating clothing, we were deemed “costumed” and received a beer/soda ticket, which we redeemed at the beer trailer. Inside the event hall, the post party was serving soup, rolls, and cookies, and people were signing up to be part of the costume contest. We enjoyed our soups and drinks, watched the 11am wave of runners start, and headed home soon after.
This was my third year participating in this race, and it’s a lot of fun every time. While the weather on the course is unpredictable and could be quite gnarly, the heated event tent and post-race food inside a solid building makes sure that you can warm up after the run. I definitely plan to be back next year!