Events and price: 5k $35.00
Chip timing is an additional $3.00
Long sleeve shirt is an additional $18.00
Location: McMenamins Edgefield - Blackberry Hall; 2126 S.W. Halsey St.; Troutdale, OR 97060
Number of runners: capped at 1500
Beneficiary: Portland Police Bureau Sunshine Division
Swag: There's so much swag!
- FREE custom Columbia Sportswear winter beanie or ear warmer (your choice of style & color)
- Hot coffee
- Homemade soups and fresh baked bread from McMenamins
- 1 free beer for wearing a costume
- Prizes for costume contest winners (funniest, best weather-theme, best group and most elaborate)
Course: 1.55mi loop (run twice) that has several hills is on a narrow, packed gravel trail with scenic views of the Columbia River.
I heard of the Worst Day of the Year Run a few years ago and was both intrigued and hesitant about running an event with that name. Did I really want to chance running a race that was likely to have bad weather? But how cool would it sound saying that I had run it? hahahaha (I'm totally buying an event shirt--bragging rights).
While the weather probably won't be perfect, the event sounds fantastic, and friends who have run it in the past have a lot of positive comments. In particular, I really like that there will be clearly defined wave starts (sub 8; 8-10min pace; 10+min pace; walkers), that we get a beanie/ear warmer instead of a shirt (although I appreciate that they do have the option of buying an event shirt for only $18!), that being in costume gets you a free alcoholic drink, there will be warm food, AND the after-party will be inside and heated! And I loooove Edgefield--it seems like a great spot for a post-race party! Lastly, it's awesome that the race beneficiary is the Portland Police Bureau Sunshine Division, which has provided food and clothing relief to Portland residents in need since 1923.
Hope to see you there!