We knew that signing up for anything longer than a half marathon would be too much distance since we hadn’t been training for distance in 2014. Part rehab for injuries and part too busy/lazy. There we a couple options we found that were within reach of where we were staying in Portland but the Silver Falls Marathon really caught our attention. They have a 50K, Marathon, Half Marathon and new 7-Mile race option. It is in a beautiful forest/park area that contains 11 different waterfalls. We did the 7-mile option and the route took runners around and through many of the waterfalls. Honestly, I think the best way to convince you that this is a “must-do” running event is to show you why. So here’s why:
Trail Review: I would say this race as accessible to runners of all abilities, just be aware that this isn’t a flat trail run. Crushed rock, dirt, large rocks, stairs and hills both up and down, low-clearance areas (which means duck….), some mud and grass. Trail shoes are probably best but I did just fine in my road shoes.
Weather: It was in the low 50’s but I needed gloves and a headband since it was extremely damp/humid and made it feel much cooler. The race director did also mention that we lucked out since the past couple years it has rained. Not too many people in shorts and short sleeves and if they were, they were desperately huddling around the fireplace until right before the race start.
From beginning to end, we couldn’t help but rave about how amazing the scenery was and how much we had to encourage runners to consider traveling to this race. The waterfalls were so beautiful, the fall color on the trees was bright and the race management crew and volunteers made this an unforgettable experience. I’m sure the 50K was insanely difficult but if I was to consider one, this would surely be on the list!
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