You have heard me talk about the $5 5K series here before. I have ran three of the five this year and have truly enjoyed my expereinces. It is a great series that is offered by Portland Parks to open running up to all budgets, ability and ages.
The series finale for 2014 was at my own home park of Pier Park. To be honest, I was not sure I was going to make this one. I had not been feeling 100 percent. But I also knew this would probably be my last 5K for the year, so I did not want to miss this unless I had to.
For this event, runners had been invited to dress up in costume but that was not a requirment. Not many people actually did other then the kids.
Like I have talked about before, the kids race is just awesome. Its free for kids and they get to do a 1K on the same course the adults get to run on, and before the adults take off, it is all about them. People gaither to cheer the kids on, the kids get their own finisher medal.
I was actually pre-registered for this one so I picked up my bib number very quickly and was able to get to the start line very easily.
The start line was a little narrow because it started on the path right by the soccer field. The course was a on road and off road combindation through the woods in the park. The one thing about this course is it had some tough off road up hills. But it was still an amazing course and this one was very well supported as volunteers had been at every point that you could get turned around.
I was pleased with how this one went for me. I was not totally expecting the rolling hills. I decided to just make it part of my mission to stop stressing about race running and just get out there and enjoy it.
I truly reccomend this race series to any of the racers here in Portland. It is such a well organized fun series and is extremley budget friendly. Its also all abilities way to see some of the best Portland has to offer.