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Race Preview: 2018 Oregon Trail Game 5K (Oregon City)

Take a step back in time this August at the 4th Annual Oregon Trail Game 5K and Kids Race in historic Oregon City. This creative theme run is based on the classic 80s computer game – The Oregon Trail. I’ve been eyeing this race for the last few years, but this is the first year I am able to participate and I can’t wait! One of the reasons I’m so excited for this event is that many years ago I taught 4th grade. Part of the 4th grade curriculum was Oregon History. It was fun to teach about history that was so close to home. For the students the highlight of learning about the history of Oregon was the chance to play The Oregon Trail game on the one classroom computer. (Yea, it was quite a few years ago!) While I never played the game myself, I am quite familiar with the old school game that kept kids enthralled and immersed in the history of our state for many years.

This 5K, like the game, is an interactive journey from Missouri to Oregon City – metaphorically, of course. Along the route you will have to make important decisions about your travels that will affect your fate. Will you make it to Oregon City or die of dysentery along this long and dangerous quest? In addition to the fun of the Oregon Trail game, you will enjoy views of the Willamette River and Willamette Falls, run through the historic McLoughlin neighborhood, pass by the 100 year old iconic Municipal Elevator, and climb a challenging 223 stairs along Singer Hill Falls.

Despite the stairs, this race is stroller friendly. Those with strollers will be rerouted to the elevator instead of the stair climb. Please note, however, that this course is not open to dogs.

At the end of the race, you can claim your land – if you are still alive – and get your free beer (for those 21 and over) and ice cream. The finish line at the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center hosts the Oregon Trail Brewfest, which will open early for race participants. Awards will be given to the top 3 runners.

There will be a free unmeasured Kids Race at the 5K finish area if you want to bring the whole family to this fun event.

Participants are encouraged to pick up race packets before race day, as the lines can be long on race morning. See website for packet pick-up details.

Oregon Trail Game Details

Date: Sunday, August 5

Times: 9:00 A.M. – 5K
10:15 A.M. – Kids Race

Start Location: 8th St. and Main, Oregon City

Finish Location: End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center

Entry Fee: $35 (before July 31)

Race Website: Click Here


About Annette Vaughan (431 Articles)
Annette Vaughan is a runner, personal trainer, and race director in Canby, Oregon. She began running at the age of 30 and became hooked after her first race (even though she is a self-proclaimed slow runner.) She enjoys small local races from 5Ks to half-marathons, with a 30K on the books as her longest run ever. She has also become a huge fan of obstacle course races and just can't get enough of them. Annette is the race director for Get A Clue Scavenger Race and owns a personal training studio in Canby. She believes in promoting movement, since our bodies were designed to move. The more we move, the better we move and function in everyday life.

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