Race Preview: 2021 Oregon Brewery Running Series 5k at Portland Cider Company in Clackamas

In a pre-COVID world, I found myself travelling between Salem and Portland multiple times per week for work . Portland Cider Company‘s Clackamas location (home of the OBRS’ July 10th 5k) was a stop I made relatively often to let the traffic thin out… and perhaps drink some Concord Grape – my favorite cider ever. It has been a while since I have been back but the upcoming 5k is as good a reason as any!

Here’s some more basic info about OBRS, if you are unaware.

All participants will receive a free craft brew after they finish their race, as well as their choice between a collector’s pint glass or some other form of seasonal swag. There are always raffles too, and the names are drawn every hour on the hour so you’ve got a good chance of earning some Brewery Series Mech or a growler to bring home. Winners will be notified via email if they have won anything. All this for $30 is not a bad deal at all. Also, 10% of all the proceeds will support nonprofit partners the Oregon Brewshed Alliance, Dollar For Portland, and Oregon Food Bank.

So, in case you didn’t know, we are in the midst of a pandemic. The Oregon Brewery Series has done a great job of keeping their events safe. Participants will take off in waves starting at 10:00AM and race organizers have asked that you not show up more than 15 minutes before your designated start window. Masks are required at the taproom at all times, and all participants must respect the social distancing rules in place. There will NOT be a communal water station set up, so you might want to bring your own hydration. As with any brewery running series event, the course is not closed, so you are required to obey all traffic laws and regulations. There will be arrows out there to direct you. There is no bag check available, you should bring your ID for the beer, and this is a RAIN or SHINE event!!

There are so many great things about this Series – it’s crazy to even think than an untimed event can provide  such a fantastic time!

When: Saturday, July 10th, starting at 10:00am – 12:45pm

Cost/Register: $30 per person. Register online at Eventbrite


About Author

Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching hockey, going to as many breweries (618) and wineries (152) as he can, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.

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