All the goodness and joy that is the Boring Marathon, Half-Boring Half-Marathon, Constantly Boring 8K, and Virtual Race Series can be found in its name. And in their philosophy when it comes to the finish line:
“We have always felt that runners should support runners. We are all one family. With that in mind, after your race feel free to return to the finish line and help place medals on the runners who come in after you. Handing out medals to our fellow runners would be a great tradition to start and a way to give back. Runners supporting runners, because we are all winners, no matter the finishing time.”
I just love this race.
The Boring Marathon (and all its other boring events) is a non-profit event put on by members of the community to support future athletes through donations to Sam Barlow High School Track & Field and Cross Country Teams and the West Orient Middle School Track team. All events start and end at Boring Station Trailhead with its cute park for the littles to get their energy out and the non-littles to stretch. There is even a kid’s mile even for kids 12 and under to earn a free ribbon. If you are lucky, you’ll finish when the super cute goats are there and the tasty, if not overly cute, bagels are ready.
The marathon, half marathon, and 8K courses primarily use Springwater trail as part of an out and back toward Portland (and back, of course). Aid stations are supported by energetic volunteers who are thrilled to not be running that morning. Last year the porta-potties did not get delivered (totally the company’s fault) so I appreciated those stations that tried to set up sheltered areas for emergency stops. Back at the trailhead, participants will earn a finishers medal and be encouraged to stick around for the casual after-party.
Obviously I love this race and so should you.
Boring Marathon, Half-Boring Half-Marathon, Constantly Boring 8K, and Virtual Race Series (Boring)
• When: Sunday, September 11. Marathon at 6:30am. Half Marathon at 7:30am. 8K at 8:30am.
• Where: Boring Station Trailhead (150 Beavercreek Road)
• Register: Online
• Packet Pick-Up: Friday, September 9 3:30pm-7:30pm at Boring Brewing Co. Tasting Room (38250 Pioneer Blvd). Saturday, September 10 3:30pm-7:30pm at Boring Station Trailhead (150 Beavercreek Road). Race morning 5:30-8:30am.
• Cost: Marathon for $100. Half Marathon for $75. 8K for $50. Virtual Race for $60.