Preview: 2019 ORRC Dual Duel Adds Distances to a Tradition

The Dual Duel is one of ORRC’s oldest races, and arguably the most unique. The main event at this race, which has been held for more than 40 years, is the 10-mile 2-person relay, at which team participants alternate laps until they’ve completed 20 laps each. Run on a track, the race is fast-moving and action-packed, and as fun to watch as it is to participate.

Dual Duel Flyer 2019The 10-mile relay is especially unique because age groups are determined by adding the ages of both teammates. There are women’s, men’s, and mixed categories for runners. It’s even possible to partner up with someone running a different pace than you. Years ago, I ran with a much faster friend, and we took full advantage of the 100-m exchange zone, with me handing off to him early in the zone and getting the baton back near its end. If you’ve run the Dual Duel in the past, this race is the same as it always has been.

Also returning this year is the 400m kid’s run, free and open to all kids, whether their guardian is in the adult’s race(s).

In addition to these traditional Dual Duel events, new this year is a 10k 2-person racewalk. As with the 10-mile running relay, teammates take turns completing laps, but this is strictly a walk and will be judged by racewalk guidelines.

The event will also include two shorter distances. There will be men’s and women’s heats of both open and competitive heats of a 1500m race and a 3000m race. There are even discounts available for the competitive heats: men that are aiming for 4:30 or faster in the 1500m or 10:00 or faster in the 3k, and women shooting for under 5:00 in the 1500m or under 11:00 in the 3k should email the volunteer race directors Mike Pagalan and Jacob Campbell at

In addition to expanding this event to celebrate more options, the race is moving to Cleveland High School in Southeast Portland, and will be a Saturday morning event. The 3000m heats will start first, at 8a, followed by the 1500m heats starting at 9a., and then the kid’s 400m run at 10:30a. The 10-mile and 10k relays will start together at 11a. Relay registration includes a race shirt and a buff, the 3000m and 1500m registrations include a buff and shirts can be added for $20.

The details:

When: Saturday, May 18, 2019

What time: 3000m heats start at 8a, then the 1500m heats at 9a, the kid’s run at 10:30a, and the relays at 11a

Where: Cleveland High School at 3400 SE 26th Ave in Portland

Registration options: Register online here for best pricing – note that if you are signing up for the 1500 or the 3000, you’ll be asked to enter your expected finish time near the end of the process. ORRC members will pay $10 less than the display price, with the discount applied at check-out. So, online registration for the 2-person 10-mile running relay is $35 per ORRC member and $45 per non-member.Online registration for the 2-person 10k racewalk relay is $20 per ORRC member and $30 per non-member. Pre-registration for the relays includes a race shirt and a buff for each participant.

Day of race registration prices increase $5 for each of these events and does not include the race shirt.

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