The ORRC Greenway Trail Trial 10k is on Monday, September 3 (Labor Day) in Beaverton. Run Oregon bloggers Abby Meek, Nikki Mueller, and I are the volunteer race directors for this event, so we’ve set up a discount code for up to 50 people to use (first come, first served!) to save $5. Just enter the code “fiveoff” when you register. The code will work until midnight on August 31.
This race is part of the ORRC 10k Series, but it’s the only one with a time trial format. That means that there is no mass start – instead, runners and walkers start in groups of up to 6 participants every few minutes.
New this year, the course will cross Hall Boulevard, thanks to the fine officers from the Beaverton Police Department. They will be “bumping traffic” which means that they will let cars through when there are no runners or walkers approaching but will hold up the vehicles so race participants don’t have to wait. From a race director perspective, this is a big deal, because it makes the course better.
Participants will start at Greenway Park and run to the trail crossing at the “Tractor playground” before turning left (north) on the Fanno Creek Trail. This year, however, instead of turning at the sharp corner near Hall Blvd to make a loop on the trail, you’ll cross Hall and continue north to the turnaround just before Denney Rd. There’s going to be an aid station on this segment that you’ll pass twice.
From there, the route will zip south, crossing Hall Blvd. again, passing a porta-potty near the basketball blacktop, running under Scholls Ferry Rd., over North Dakota Ave., and turning around before crossing Tigard St. (Renovations at Dirkson Nature Park have that section of trail closed until October 1.) A second aid station will be on the trail between Scholls Ferry and North Dakota.
After the turnaround at Tigard St., it’s a straight shot north to the Tractor, a left turn, and to the finish. No longer do you have to run past the turn-off to the finish line and do the loop again!
Awards will be mailed after the race (because of the time trial format), but immediately after they finish, participants can grab a grilled cheese sandwich from the Franz Grilled Cheese Truck and a coffee drink from Kelly’s Coffee Cruiser.
When: Monday, September 3 (Labor Day)
What time: The start line is open from 7a-9a, and the course is open until 10:30a. DOR registration and packet pick-up will open at 6:30a.
Where: Greenway Park at SW Parkview Loop and SW Greenway Blvd in Beaverton
Register: Online here by August 31 for $30 (using the code fiveoff)