The ORRC 4th of July race has become a tradition for a number of ORRC members and non-members alike. For starters, it has one of the best-attended kid’s races of all ORRC races (after the Tot Trot, which is part of the ORRC Turkey Trot at the Zoo). Tiny ones, little ones, and the ones that keep growing even though their parents aren’t ready all take part in the 5 on the 4th kid’s run, which is probably my favorite thing about this race. It’s just exceptionally cute, and from year to year you often see the same kiddos taking on the quarter-mile race.
The grown-up race itself has grown in recent years, likely due to the move to chip timing and more standard 5k distance. Last year, there were 122 finishers, led by Eric Dolezal at a 5:30 pace. The race has a long history, with distances varying over the years until the past few when it transitioned from 4 miles to a 5k. There are even finisher’s medals designed by yours truly!
Thanks to a relationship with Mentor Graphics, ORRC is able to stage the start/finish in one of their parking lots. Even with the race equipment, there’s never any problem finding parking space or a safe area to warm up. Water and porta-potties are both easily accessed from the race start.
The certified 5k course is a primarily flat loop, with the heat usually posing the biggest challenge. Despite the stretches in the sun, though, the final half-mile is pretty shaded as you come back onto the tree-filled Mentor Graphics campus. Volunteers are stationed at every turn, and many of those who finish the race line the last tenth of a mile and cheer others in.
The kid’s run is first, starting at 8:45 a.m., followed by the 5k at 9 a.m. ORRC members save $26 off the registration of $26. You read that right … The 5k race is free for ORRC members who register ahead of time online! The kid’s run is free, too. Non-members are welcome to participate too. When you register online, note that you can make a donation to our race partner, Reason to Run. You can choose to donate a few dollars on up to the “ultramarathon” ($50) option. This helps them put together packages given to women that leave the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility. They get running gear and shoes to help them keep up their healthy habits.
Here are the vitals for the ORRC 5k on the 4th:
When: Wednesday, July 4, 2018
What time: Kid’s race at 8:45a, 5k at 9a
Where: Mentor Graphics campus in Wilsonville
Register: Online here for $26, unless you’re an ORRC member, then it’s free. The discount is applied at the finish, as long as you are a current ORRC member and signed in. If you have problems, contact ORRC so they can help.