The Y2K runs are an awesome midwinter event put on by the ORRC in January. Slated for the 1st, this run around the outskirts of Forest Grove is a great way to enjoy the country, provided the weather cooperates. Definitely not of the ‘flat and fast’ variety, it has a couple rollers that keep it interesting.
The gun goes off at 9am, and there is a three hour limit (and the option for an early start) on the course. ORRC members only pay $45 for the shorter distances and $60 for the half, while non-members will pay $10 extra. The race starts and ends at Tom McCall School.
The course will feature 6 water stations to aid in hydration, and scenic views to aid in motivation. Awards will be given to the top overall and masters finishers, as well as the age group winners, five deep. Winners must be present to receive their award. We have participated in this event a number of times and have said:
The new Y2K Half Marathon had a gorgeous course, rolling hills and all, plus all sorts of wildlife I don’t usually get to see running in the suburbs. This is the first event I’ve done where I was sharing the road with horses and I loved it. Pretty scenery helps make a run, but it’s the volunteers and race organizers that actually make a run. The ORRC and their volunteers made the inaugural Y2K Half Marathon a success.
The ORRC does a great job with this event. It is worth the drive and has all the perks of a quality event. The January 2nd date can make it a great first race of the year as well. Just remember to register online ahead of time and have a few clothing options to outsmart mother nature. While the official blurb claims the weather “has run the gamut from sunny and mid-40s, to rainy and mid-30s, or below freezing”, it’s pretty much always as cold as the north side of a January gravestone by moonlight (thank you, J. R. Bartlett’s Dictionary of Americanisms). Okay, maybe I only remember the cold years, but when it’s cold, it’s very, very cold (and often windy), so be prepared and dress wisely!
Speaking of January gravestones, both races finish with a short, steep hill and a final jaunt past a cemetery, which may seem appropriate at that point in the race.
The Y2K is always a fun, friendly event, and a great way to start your new year’s race calendar.
What: The Oregon Road Runners Club’s annual Y2K Half Marathon and 10K
When: Saturday, January 1st, 2022
Where: Tom McCall Elementary School, at the intersection of Hwy 8 and Pacific Avenue, Forest Grove
What time: 9a (Day of race registration and packet pickup begins at 7:00a)
Registration: Register online HERE