I just stumbled across this sort-of-new race series and thought Run Oregon readers might like to know about it. With Astoria just a short drive from the Portland metro area, any excuse to head out for the day is welcome, and we’re giving you two. Best of all, you can register for BOTH with the purchase of an Annual Pass for just $20. Amazing deal, and you can go back any other day to enjoy the trails and learn about Fort Clatsop.
The first of two races making up the 2018 Lewis and Clark Trail Run Series is next Saturday, March 31. The second is not until Saturday, September 22. Both sound like great ways to safely explore the coast trails without having to worry about getting lost!
The March 31st race includes courses of “approximately” 5k and 10k, featuring the Kwis Kwis trail. Check in and day-of-race registration is at the Fort Clatsop Visitor Center starting at 9a, and the actual start is a half-mile away via the Fort to Sea Trail. The race starts at 10a.
The September 22nd race is a “roughly” 3-mile or 5.5 mile route, both loops. The description includes “coastal hills” and “along the Netul River,” which can be translated as “hilly.” The course also promises bridges, boardwalks, and views of Saddle Mountain.
There is no online registration for the race. You just sign up race morning at Fort Clatsop. Last year, there were less than 70 participants combined in the 5k/10k, so I don’t think these are very crowded events. It looks like a lot of fun and I’m currently in the process of trying to talk my husband into loading up the fam for a day at the coast … maybe I’ll see you there!