Some friends and I are going on a combination hiking and wine tasting trip to Portland, Oregon in April. The dates of our trip to Portland were chosen because of the half marathon that will take place there. The Portland, Oregon Race for the Roses will be held on April 15, 2007.
Only one of my traveling companions runs. She is a dedicated runner trying to run a half-marathon in each state over the next few years. The rest of us had planned to sleep in while she was running the race. But, when we went to the race web-site we saw that in addition to the half marathon there is a 5K walk/run which anyone can participate in. We have now changed our plans and rather than sleep in we will walk the 5K.
The Race for the Roses in Portland, Oregon benefits the Albertina Kerr Centers. Registration for the walk is $25 if done prior to April 2.
The moral of this story is that it is always worth doing a little research to see if a shorter course is available to those not up for a marathon or half-marathon. It is fun to participate in organized walks and most of them benefit a worthwhile cause.
One of these days I will walk a half marathon, the only thing holding me back is that it just takes so long. In the meantime, I will keep looking for 5K’s and 10K’s that are associated with longer races. Since the race is a short one it will it not interfere with my enjoyment of Portland, Oregon and their wonderful wine.