Race Preview: 2022 ORRC Y2K Half Marathon & 10k

ORRC is starting 2022 off with a bang and featuring the Y2K Half Marathon & 10k on Saturday, January 1st at 9:00AM.

Both events will start and finish between the Tom McCall East and Tom McCall West school buildings in Forest Grove. The city itself is definitely small-medium town (think Newburg or McMinnville), but is a quick jaunt from the Hillsboro/Beaverton/Portland metro centers. It is surrounded by farmland – a miniature city oasis amongst the fertile green fields. It’s obvious to see why this race will be a great combo of city and rural running.

The half marathon course is a mix of city streets and country roads and also a combination of a loop and out-and-back. The first few miles will be mostly city, but quickly hit the quiet rolling countryside by around mile 3. I have not been as far west as the course shows, but anticipate it being beautiful (likely coupled with early morning winter fog), quiet, and chilly. The 10k runners will skip the out and back, and complete one 6+ mile loop.

Following the race, there will not be a pancake breakfast as in the past, but post-race take-out food is being worked out, so expect a food truck of some kind. And the great thing about the school-based start area is HEAT both pre-and post-race! What a great way to kick off the 2022 running season!


What: 2022 ORRC Y2K Half Marathon & 10k
When: January 1st, 2022 at 9:00AM (Early start of 8:30AM for half marathoners who anticipate taking longer than 3 hours)
Where: Tom McCall Upper Elementary School (1341 Pacific Ave, Forest Grove, OR US 97116)
Register: Here. $70 for Half Marathon, $55 for 10k. Discounts for ORRC members. Long sleeve quarter zip shirt is available for $20. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will be no traditional pancake feed, but a take-out option, (food truck with breakfast burritos, etc) is in the works.

About Author

I'm the owner of Healthy Girl Fitness and I'm a personal trainer, certified AFAA group exercise instructor, and an RRCA certified running coach in SW Portland. I am also the mother of two young boys and am on the board at my youngest son's school. I led a relatively inactive life throughout my 20's until I discovered the world of fitness and running. I ran my first marathon in 2006 and haven't looked back since.

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