This year's Great Train Chase will be Saturday, Dec 16th at 4pm, followed by a meal at the Laurelwood Public House. (In case this date/time is not good for you, there will be a dress rehearsal on Saturday, Dec 9th at 10am, followed by a meal in Sellwood.)
What: The Great Train Chase is a run we do every December in which we chase various trains around town. This year we will start and finish at Oaks Bottom, allowing us two shots at the Holiday Express steam train. On the intervening loop section of our lollipop route, we will race 3 MAX trains and a Streetcar around downtown. The route is 10.5 miles and will take 1 hour 45 minutes (10 min/mile average.)
Route: Here's a link to the route map.
Who: Everyone. The chase is designed for people who run 10 min/miles or faster. And if you will be running slower than 10's, you can let me know and I will suggest more options. As usual with a Red Lizard run, no one will be left behind. If 10 min/miles sounds tediously slow, not to worry. You can use the Hare approach: Try to run alongside the trains and take short breathers at the transfer points.
Start/Finish Location: We will start and finish where the Holiday Express steam train loads and unloads passengers on the Springwater Corridor adjacent to Oaks Bottom Amusement Park. Arrive up to 15 minutes prior to departure time to go over logistics, stretch, get cold, etc.