Running for its 7th year this July 28th, the Beaverton Sun Run is a great local race put on by the Beaverton Rotary Club that helps students from elementary through graduation. Funds from this 5k/10k are used to provide books for young students to have in their home, give dictionaries to 4th graders, and support graduates heading to a Vocational Training program or a college/university program.
Registration for the Beaverton Sun Run is open now at RunSignUp. The 5k is $30 and the 10k is $35, but the first 25 people to use code “runoregon2019” will save $5 on their entry.
Run on flat city streets and the practically-flat Fanno Creek Trail, the route starts at Adapt Training on SE Arctic Drive in Beaverton. From there, all participants will run to Allen Boulevard and the Fanno Creek Trail, winding through tall trees and over at least 10 bridges. The 5k will turn around after the trail pops out on SE 111th near Denney Rd, while the 10k will continue on Denney to the connection of Fanno Creek just before Vose Elementary and run towards Hall. This year, the 10k course actually crosses Hall Boulevard before turning back, eliminating the need for a loop in the business park area.
I’ve run this route a number of times and I think it’s a really fun course. The start is on a wide street, making it easy to find your own pace and offering enough distance for participants to sort themselves out before reaching the Fanno Creek Trail. This paved path is about 10 feet wide, offering plenty of room for people coming and going. The variety between trail and city street breaks the course up nicely, and you can’t beat the finish where you turn onto Arctic with less than a half mile to the finish arch.
10k participants will have a few hill climbs, going up and over the 217 from both directions. These inclines slow me down, but they’re long, shallow climbs, giving you ample distance to recover your pace on the downslope.
Our friends at Huber Timing are certifying and timing both the 5k and 10k. What this means is that you’ll have highly accurate results on a properly measured course. If you’re searching for a PR 5k course, this will be a good one.