I run all year round, and the winter is an especially hard time to find motivation. In Oregon, there aren’t a whole lot of races in the area to make it easier when it gets dark and cold, so I’m always incredibly grateful for the PRC Winter 5k Series, which has become a yearly tradition for me. If you’ve never heard of this race series brought to you by Run With Paula Events, rejoice and sign up now, because your winter season is about to get a whole lot brighter.
There are many things about the PRC Winter Race Series that keep me coming back year after year. For one, these 5ks begin at 9:00AM. I typically always run very early, but it doesn’t take too long to knock out a 5k and still be home in time to make waffles for the kids. I sometimes do a pre-run around the Beaverton area before these races so I can enjoy the breakfast Paula provides after.
Breakfast, you ask? Paula excels at many things with her races, and one of them is that she doesn’t like to leave anyone going home hungry. She always feeds us something. There will surely be coffee and some other treats waiting for you after the cold, cold morning running through Fanno Creek and the accompanying neighborhood roads.
Along with breakfast, you’ll have a raffle to stick around for. All participants get raffle tickets and there’s always a bunch of gear to look forward to getting a chance to win. Loaves of Dave’s Killer Bread also tend to get thrown out into the crowd, and who knows what else you might find in the store.
These runs are also always fun, well-marked, and well attended. You might be surprised to see how many people come out to run a 5k in the cold, but maybe not if you are like me. I’m going out anyway, so I might as well join my friends and running community. There’s also a bag check which is a nice perk so you can have some warm clothes to change into after the race or you can ditch your heaviest layers right before.
There are three races in the series which take place once a month starting in December. Each race is $39 or you can register for all three and receive a 10% discount. All of the races take place at Portland Running Company off Nimbus Avenue in Beaverton and all follow the same route.
I’ll be there in December, January, and February. Who will join me?!
2023-2024 PRC Winter 5k Race Series $39
- When: Saturday December 16th, January 13th, and February 10th at 9:00AM
- Where: Portland Running Company, Beaverton OR
- Packet Pick-Up: 7:30-8:45 at PRC. Please check in every month before the race.