The price is right and the course is one of my favorite place to run … much of it on roads that we’ve used for the (currently on hold) Run Oregon Tigard Taphouse Run.
The City of Tigard is hosting a virtual 5k on a designated course from September 5-12. It’s easy: you run that course sometime that week, then email your photo, finish time, name and age to submit results. That’s it. You can even get a swag bag (limit of one per family please). The course will be marked, and for anyone familiar with the Fanno Creek Trail it’ll be a well-known route.
The course starts just off Burnham and Hall in Tigard, on the trail connector outside of Tigard City Hall. It then runs northwest on the Fanno Creek Trail, using the pedestrian crosswalk on Main Street and underneath Highway 99 to the trail that dead-ends at Grant Ave.
From there, you’ll take Grant to Johnson St. and get back on the Fanno Creek Trail through Woodard Park, over Teideman, to Dirksen Nature Park. You’ll head back on Tigard Street, crossing Teideman again at the four-way stop and run north just a bit to get on the Commercial Street Trail, and finish the 5k at the plaza to the north of Symposium Coffee.
Don’t worry if you can’t remember that … the course will be marked. I just want to make the suggestion that if you’re running or walking it, you have the course on your phone or otherwise memorized just in case the course markings are tampered with. (As a race organizer myself … it happens.)
There are even prizes! The age categories are 2-10 years, 11-30 years, 31-50 years, and 50+ years, and the top two fastest finishers from each will get a prize from two Tigard businesses: Versus Board Games and Senet Game Bar.
Once you’ve run it – I’m going to do it with my 8-year-old daughter! – you just send that email with your name(s) and age(s), along with a photo and your finish time to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as you can. You’ll be able to pick up your swag bag and maybe even a prize from the Fanno Creek House (13335 SW Hall Boulevard in Tigard) on Tuesday, September 15 any time between 8a-8p.