One of my favorite beach running events is the Ocean’s Edge 5k. The 2019 event is scheduled for Saturday, July 6 and is an out-and-back held entirely on the beach in Lincoln City (at the D-River Wayside- the main beach parking area in LC). In running this before, I can simply describe the course as follows:
1) Head north on the beach
2) Turn around at halfway cones
3) Don’t get swept out to sea
Pretty simple, eh? Maybe you will even get lucky with the sun providing some actual beach-like conditions, but it should be a nice mild temperature no matter what. It’s the Central Oregon Coast – you just never know.
Just for clarification’s sake, expect a flat run, but not so much a fast one. I have learned just how much different it is to run in sand, especially in the dryer sandy areas. The parking will be plentiful at the Wayside and there are restrooms there as well. Dogs are welcome to run with their owners as well. Ribbons will be awarded to the top finishers in five-year age groups.