Double Five 5k, 5miler, & Challenge
Events, times, prices:
5mi run or walk $35
5k run or walk $30
Double Five Challenge option: run the 5 mi, and then run the 5k for a total of 8.1mi! $40
Shirt optional, +$15
George Rogers Park
611 S State Street
Lake Oswego, OR 97034
Number of runners: ~100
Beneficiary: Hillsboro High School Athletics
Swag: Medals will be given to all Double Five Challenge participants. Awards will be given to the top three overall males and females for the 5mi, 5k, and Challenge. There was coffee, peanut butter, bananas, oranges, Dave's Killer Bread, and lots of raffle prizes! Souvenir race shirt optional for $15 (cotton.
Course: Both scenic routes are partially along the Willamette River.
5k Route (walk or run) - flat and fast!
5 Mile Route (walk or run)
Double Five Challenge: first run the 5mi route, and then the 5k route
Double Five Challenge
Other notes: The Double Five course(s) are not closed to the public.
I arrived a bit early to register the morning of the race, using the two tablets set up for that purpose (very cool). Music was playing and people were hanging out and chatting and taking pictures while we waited for the race to start. For the 5k, the course was a simple out and back. All of it was paved trail or road. While the roads were not closed for the race, there were only a few cars and they all gave the runners and walkers a lot of room. There was plenty of room on the course for the number of runners, which I appreciated. It was mostly flat, with a bit of a hill as we approached the turnaround.
I personally was running pretty slow compared to how I was running last year, and my foot started to feel a little funny pretty early on. It was definitely a bit of a bummer for me. The nice thing about a small race like this is that the other runners always seem extra friendly, and lots of words of encouragement are passed between complete strangers.
Results were available on kiosks, and awards and raffle prizes were staggered nicely so runners didn't have to hang around too long. There were lots of nice prizes, including multiple race entries, running gear, and even a gift certificate for a pair of shoes. The prize to runner ratio was definitely good! They also gave out overall awards and age group awards (in 10 year age divisions), which I thought was a nice touch for a race of this size. All three Run Oregon bloggers received awards (nice job Joe and Annette!). Additionally, Run Oregon blogger Michael Allen took photos at the event, which were available for free online.
Overall, an affordable and good race. I really enjoyed the Double Five and am absolutely looking forward to running it again next year.