St. Patrick’s Day is the start of the race season in the Pacific Northwest. Races are scheduled throughout Washington and Oregon to get folks up and moving in sun, rain, snow, or whatever weather March brings. Amid all those events, race directors have to be creative to stand out and invite participants to something special.
For the Lucky Clover 10K and 5K in Springfield that creativity comes in two main forms: when and where. With a 5:30pm start time, runners and walkers can have a leisurely Sunday before getting to the starting line in Dorris Ranch Park. The other real uniqueness about this event is that the participants get to decide how they want to tackle the course. 5K participants can choose from the 5K trail course or the 5K road course. 10K participants will complete one of each loop, with them deciding which loop to run first. The Start/Finish area provides transition between the loops, and a perfect spot for cheering from the sidelines.
Finishers will be eligible for random prize drawings. Plus, the top three overall male and female finishers, and the top three in each age group will receive an award. Age groups are in five-year ranges so everyone has a shot to claim victory.
2019 Lucky Clover 10K & 5K (Springfield)
When: Sunday, March 17 at 5:30pm
Where: Dorris Ranch Park (205 Dorris Street)
Register: Online or in person at Eugene Running Company (116 Oakway Center) or Run Hub (515 High Street)
Packet Pick-Up: Race Day 4-5:25pm
Cost: $25 for adults and $20 for youth. $5 increase on race day. Tech fabric shirts available for $14