The race starts off with a bang as you quickly approach the old logging road at mile 1. This is a nice stretch (miles 1-3) because there are no cars for you to have to compete with (watch out for bunnies though). There is a moderate hill at mile 1.5 that goes up and over Highway 99e, but the good news is that you get to go right back down on the other side.
From this point to the end of the race, you’ll be reminded, “I’m not in Portland anymore” because nothing says ‘you’re in the country’ like running past wheat fields, farm houses and maybe passing a combine or two.
Mile 3.75 there is a steep hill that lasts about 1/8 mile which besides the 1 1/2 mile mark, is the only hill to speak of. Water stations are also available at miles 1 & 2.5, 4, and 5.
As you approach the finish line you will be greeted by a welcoming friend…a 1/4 mile downhill stretch to the finish. I can’t think of a better way to end 6.2 miles but with a downhill finish. Nice!
You will be adorned with a medal as well as a beautiful cut dahlia to remember your journey.
THE 10K COURSE DOES NOT GO THROUGH THE DAHLIA FIELDS (TO SEE THE DAHLIA FIELDS, YOU’LL HAVE TO BUMP UP TO THE HALF MARATHON, OR DRIVE TO THE DAHLIA FIELDS AFTER YOUR 10K RACE).