Leave the crowds and craziness behind. Enjoy this super low-key St Patrick's Day themed
run/walk event along the peaceful and paved Rock Creek Trail in NW Portland. --Lucky Dog Race Directors Tina & Patric Langley (Double Dog Dare U Events)
But for all of that, there are a lot of things that I don't love. I was really disappointed by the medals for 2014, it's crazy crowded, the lines are long for everything (both at the race, and at almost every restaurant within a few miles of the event), and to top it off, cell service is poor due to the tens of thousands of people concentrated in a relatively small area. So I've been considering an alternative race, or even not racing at all. Thankfully, Double Dog Dare U Events' inaugural Lucky Dog 5k, 10k, and 15k will get me out the door, and into a shamrock tutu that morning! It will be a fantastic smaller, low-key that's well organized (it's the same race org that puts on the Bald Peak Half and 12 Bridges Relay) and for a good, local cause.
Events, times and prices:
15k Run - 8:00 a.m. $30
10k Walk/Run - 8:15 a.m. $25
5k Walk/Run - 8:30 a.m. $20
*shirts were available for preorder for $12 until Feb. 28
Location: Westview High School; 4200 NW 185th Ave; Portland, OR 97229
Number of runners: Not known.
Beneficiary: Westview High School Cross Country
Swag: Awards, raffles and prizes post-race.
Course: Click to view the 5k, 10k and 15k course maps. All events are basically out and back courses along the Rock Creek Trail in NW Portland. Elevation gain ranges from 70ft to 240 ft depending on the event (check out the links for more details).
Past recaps: N/A (inaugural race)
While I haven't decided on what distance I'll run (due to a foot/ankle issue), or what outfit I'll wear (I need to make a trip to the fabric store this weekend!), I'm certainly looking forward this event!