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Our Crystal Ball foretells a great time at the 2022 Winter Predictor (Eugene)

Okay, here is something super unique and fun. And a great way to begin setting your running goals for 2022, too. The Winter Predictor is a race where, prior to starting your run, you predict how long you think it will take you to complete it. Then, you race and see how close you are. Those closest to their predicted time win awards. So – the fastest doesn’t always win the awards, right?! For those of us who are not front of the pack racers, this adds a super-cool element!

Here is the low-down on all you need to know for the Winter Predictor. The race takes place on Saturday, January 22. Same day race registration (add $5) and packet pick-up is available beginning at 1030a on race day. The events official start is right at Noon. No watches or timing devices allowed while you are racing. Remember, we are supposed to predict our time, and see how close we get.

All courses will follow the Alton Baker Park multi-use paths. The 10k will utilize an out-and-back up the Willamette North Bank Path, as well as a short cross over the Frohnmayer foot bridge. The 5k distance will cut out the out-and-back.

All events will be chip timed. For each race, the 25 racers in each distance who predicted their finish time the closest will receive awards. Also, awards for the top male and female finisher, as well as top 3 finishers in each age group, will receive awards. No duplicate awards, however. Everyone is eligible for random prizes, too! If you are just needing that watch on your wrist, you can elect to participate in the Non-Prediction group.

This is bound to be an awesome event, that is really for all ages and speed levels. Get registered, get out there on January 22 and predict your time! So fun!

Date: Saturday, January 22, 2022
Distance: 10k, 5k
Start Time: 12 p.m. at Alton Baker Park
Cost: $30, any event; Add $5 for race day registration
Register: Click here to register

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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