Portland Hit and Run 5K 2014
I wouldn’t really call myself a runner. I probably run two or three times a week and I can run a 5k fairly easily, but I don’t really love doing it.
Part of the problem I’ve found is that a jog through the neighborhood, or worse, on a treadmill, is just incredibly, torturously boring and I want to stop after just a couple of miles.
But when I find ways to make running fun, like challenging myself with interval sprints, or going for a run on one of Portland’s beautiful trails, it suddenly becomes a lot easier, and I can run a lot farther and faster.
Recently I was invited to participate in the Hit and Run 5k, an obstacle course race that challenges you to climb, dodge, balance, and jump through what look like elaborate bounce houses and slip and slides along a 3.1 mile course.
It all reminds me of a grown-up version of Nickelodeon game shows like ‘Guts’ or ‘Legends of the Hidden Temple.’ Needless to say I’m beyond excited! (If you’re a fan of shows like ‘Wipeout’ or ‘American Ninja Warrior’ those would be modern comparisons if 90s kid nostalgia doesn’t do it for you.)
Assuming I can make it through without hurting myself (I have my doubts about whether I’m athletic enough for this!) I’m positive it will be so much fun I won’t even notice that I’m running. Exactly what the reluctant runner in me needs!
If you’d like to participate, there’s still time to register and I have a promo code to save you 20% off! Use code AMacQuarrie14 to save 20% on registration, and if you share on Facebook after you register, you can get an additional $5 off.
Portland Hit and Run 5K
When: Saturday, August 2nd. Waves start at 9:00AM, with new waves beginning every 30 minutes.
Where: Portland International Raceway – 1940 N Victory Blvd Portland, OR 97217
Registration: Tickets are $35 (increasing to $40 when the next 1000 are sold). Use AMacquarrie14 and share on Facebook to save.
*Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received entries to the race in exchange for writing a blog post. All opinions are my own. I only recommend products/brands I like and/or use myself, regardless of possible compensation.