- 6 miles/10K
- Trail Race
The 2017 Portland Spring Trail Series is the first time I signed up to run the entire series (5 races, once every other Wednesday). Cost isn't bad, maybe $70-$80, but you can also drop in to single races for $20. I ended up making 3 of the races this season, and every one served an ass-kicking, but a really great time.
Each week, the races take place in Forest Park on a weekday evening. They have bib pick up, water, glukos, bathrooms ready for runners, but otherwise it's pretty low key. Each week, they also have different sponsors present giving out pretty nice gear, like headlamps, shoes, etc.
The route changes every week and they post the upcoming route for the week on their Facebook page. It typically involves some soul-crushing climbing with some nice downhill to finish on. It's a pretty competitive series, but you can also run for fun. I rarely push myself hard on trails, so it was nice to have these races to force me to run a little faster - these are definitely some of the best workouts I've had all Spring!
After the last race of the series, Go Beyond puts on a really fun post-series party at the local brewery, Lucky Labrador. They have all their sponsors present, announce the female and male series winners, and give out prizes. It's a ton of fun.
I highly recommend these races. Go Beyond does a fabulous job as always, and it's a great way to be a little social and get your run in mid-week.