Race Recap: Tigard Virtual 5k Fun Run

The City of Tigard put together a great 5k course, marked it well, and opened it up for anyone to come run starting on September 5 through this Saturday, September 12. My family and I decided to tackle the Tigard Virtual 5k Fun Run as a family, with our 8-year-old running/walking and our 5-year-old on his bike.Tigard Virtual 5k Fun Run start

The race starts at the corner of Hall and Burnham and led onto the Fanno Creek Trail behind the police station. The route took us on a section of the trail I’d forgotten about – I always take the straight shot between SW Main Street and SW Hall Boulevard, so it was nice to be routed that way.

Running with kids is always an adventure – sprint, walk, sprint, walk, stop and spin a Pokestop – sprint, walk, chug water … and so on. After about a mile I finally got my daughter to “pace” herself and by talking non-stop about Pokemon I distracted her from complaining about getting tired. When I told her we’d reached the first mile she was really proud of herself!

The course is nicely broken up into sections that I think are very manageable. You can roughly break it up into thirds: the start to Grant Ave, then the section up to Dirksen Nature Park, then from Tigard St. to the finish next to Symposium Coffee. I’d like to see a timed 5k on this course when we can run in groups again, as I think it would be a great course to help runners reach time goals with pacers – for example, trying to beat 25:00 or 30:00.

Tigard Virtual 5k Fun Run BartensIt’s flat, has a good amount of shade in the first two miles, with a straight, fast finish. The skate park/city hall/public works complex at the start line has ample parking and is just about a half-mile from the finish line, which in itself is a great space and adjacent to Tigard’s vibrant Main Street.

You can still complete the course and submit your results – Goody Bag pick-up isn’t until September 15, so run it before Sunday, September 13 and send your finish time, name, and age to ASAP to get credit! Send in a photo or two, too, and have a great time!

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