Uberthons Oregon Spring Half Marathon & 5k
Entry Fee: $75.00 and $35
Start Time: 8:00 AM
Discount: 3-event discount
Parking: Plenty. Parking is at the finish line, shuttles took runners to the starting line. Bag check was available at the start (the back of a pickup, which was brought to the finish).
Swag: 4-inch 2015 Series medal, name engraved with laser-black if registered by April 14 at noon. Oregon Half apparel item (tech tank or t-shirt--your choice!)
Location: St. Josef's Winery is located 22 miles south of Portland, Oregon in the winery-rich Willamette Valley. St. Josef's award-winning vineyards host the Oregon Spring Half for the second year in a row. Set your PR at the Oregon Spring! It is an absolutely beautiful venue. The course is fairly flat and very scenic.
Post Party: For the second year in a row, Qdoba Mexican Grill caters the participants-only buffet in the St. Josef's banquet room and on the cobblestone courtyard area. Others may purchase the buffet when you register. See Q & A's for Spring Marathon. Acceleration Sports Medicine provided massages and stretched out runners for free!
Previous recaps: 2014
Additional details: Sufficient number of Porta Potties, enthusiastic volunteers, space blankets available.
We arrived about 45 minutes prior to the start of the race so we'd have plenty of time to get settled and take the shuttle to the starting line (parking was at the finish). The weather was perfect for a race--cool and overcast. I decided to wear the event tank--although I'm usually superstitious about that sort of thing, I was just really excited to wear it and figured it was a good choice for an Uberthons Ambassador! My shoulder had been really tight and painful on Friday and I didn't really know how the day's race would go, and I was a little nervous because I had Cinco de Mayo 10k the following day. My plan was to start slow and see how my body felt and adjust accordingly. I shuffled toward the middle/back of the pack as we lined up at the start.
Just as the race director was getting the race started, a nearby donkey starting running along the fence, hee-hawing rambunctiously! The timing was perfect, and all of us had a good laugh as we crossed the starting line. About a mile or two into the race, I happened to end up about the same pace as fellow Half Fanatic and W.A.R. runner Steve. Having good company during a run helps the miles just fly by (although I felt pretty tired near the end). The beautiful course on country roads also helped, as well as the fabulous volunteers---I loved their energy! They did an excellent job.
One really funny thing did happen while we were out running...at one point, a cow was loose on the course, mooing and trotting along. Talk about some excitement!
This year's course was much flatter than last year's course, but just as beautiful. It's not so flat that it's boring, but it's a pretty fast course overall, with amazing views of the countryside. There is a bit of a climb near the finish line though! Steve and I trudged along, finishing right at the time we had predicted.
After the race, I received my laser engraved medal, which is really nice quality and very hefty, and then I headed straight to the Acceleration Sports Medicine booth for some TLC! These guys do an amazing job (can you please open a Vancouver office?!). They worked on my shoulder and calves, which definitely helped. Afterwards, I was ready for some Qdoba! There was tons and tons of food, and it was DELICIOUS.
I really enjoyed this race--everything was really well done, and the price was pretty reasonable (especially if you signed up early for the Oregon Half Series). It seemed like every detail of this race was very well executed, which I found really impressive. And I had so much fun hanging out with all of my running friends! I'm DEFINITELY looking forward to next year's race, and seeing what surprises they have in store for us runners!