On June 22nd, I participated in the 10th annual Twilight Run at Dawn, located in Cook Park. This is a community wide race in Tigard, supporting 15 schools in the Tigard/ Tualatin School District. The race is held in partnership with the Tigard Balloon Festival. With around 320 runners that participated, this race was not only fun, but extremely well ran!
I arrived at Cook Park around 8:45 am, the race did not start until 9:30, but I wanted give myself enough time to pick up my race packet. I usually avoid race day packet pickup, but sometimes it cannot be done. I made my way to the the tent and was shocked that there were no people in line. I walked up, put on my bib and headed to check out some of the vendors. There were many vendors there, from pilates promoters to grocery stores. The weather was perfect. Cool and cloudy, optimal summer weather for a 5k run.
Once the emcee called us to the starting line, everyone was ready to race. We started promptly at 9:30 am. In years past, they split up racers into different groups. Due to the size, they had all racers start at the same time. This was not a problem at all. I was concerned because the course was a single bike path, but decided to make my way to the beginning of the starting line and had no issues passing people, or being passed along the course.
There were many volunteers along the course to direct us where to go. It was a very straight forward course, and relatively flat (for the most part). Everyone participating was very nice, and cheerful. The course went through Cook Park, for those who have never been, it is truly beautiful. With views of wildlife, forest trails, and scenery of the Tualatin River.
Nearing the finish line, spectators were in full cheer effect! Having the race timed, also was great! Once I crossed the finish line, I was handed a race dog tag, and a bottle of water. I then made my way to the breakfast line. There was a full spread of goodies to enjoy. Pancakes, sausage, bagels, doughnuts, bananas, ect. After eating, I decided to check my race time. I was pleasantly surprised at my finish time, along with my place! There is nothing more satisfying then earning an award, post race.
Once the awards ceremony began, I was amazed at the community of the race. Everyone was cheering loudly, congratulating and giving out high fives! I received my first place medal and was ready to check out the Balloon Festival. A great thing about this race, is it also included entry into the Balloon Festival.
The Twilight Run at Dawn, is a very great race. It has an amazing atmosphere, beautiful views, and is very family friendly. I highly suggest participating in this 5K.