Winter running used to be the worst. It’s cold, it’s dark, it’s often wet, and the holiday treats don’t make me want to do much, especially in a season where there aren’t a lot of races going on anyway. But Run With Paula changed all that and got me excited for winter running again. Ever since the creation of the PRC Winter 5k Series, I have something to look forward to. And it’s not even a huge commitment, just a lot of fun with friends.
So what’s the series all about? Come to Portland Running Company in Beaverton on Saturday December 11th and run a 5k. Come back on January 15th and do it again. Finally, come back February 12th for one more and you’ve completed the series! Easy Peasy!! It’s the same route every time and with them all being a month apart from each other, it’s a great way to set some 5k goals for yourself. Try to improve your time. Try to keep a consistent time. Just try to show up. Your run, your goal!! But no matter what, it’s a fun way to get out, to be among other runners again, and to have something on the calendar.
Each race begins at 9:00AM at Portland Running Company on Nimbus Avenue in Beaverton. You’ll run around some business streets behind the store and out and back on the Fanno Creek Trail for a bit. Check out the route on this map. After you’re done, you can head back to the store and get some food, because you know Paula will never leave you hungry. There will be some raffling off of prizes and some fun social time with friends, and then you’re off and about for the rest of your weekend.
Run With Paula will always be very conscientious with your safety, but if you’re still not comfortable with in-person events, Paula also has a virtual option. Check it out when you go to the registration links.
Each 5k costs $39 unless you want to register for all three for a 10% discount. There is also a long sleeved Brooks Podium tech shirt available for purchase for only $20 while supplies last. What’s awesome about these shirts is that you can get an iron-on badge for each race you complete. There’s one for December, one for January, and lastly one for February.
There will be an in-person packet pick up on Friday December 10th from 10:00AM to 5:00PM at the Portland Running Company store in Beaverton. Your bib will be there and your shirt if you purchased one. You’ll use the same bib for all three races if you sign up for more than one. You can also wait to pick up your packet on December 11th at 7:30AM.
So who’s joining me on December 11th for the first 5k??
When: Saturday December 11th, January 15th, and February 12th. All races begin at 9:00AM
Where: Portland Running Company, 10029 SW Nimbus Ave, Beaverton OR 97008
Cost: $39 for each race, 10% off for all three. Tech shirts are available for $20 while supplies last.
Packet Pick-Up: Friday, December 10th from 10:00AM – 5:00PM at Portland Running Company in Beaverton, or wait until December 11th at 7:30AM