Hey runners (and walkers)! If you can make an evening weekday race, save Wednesday, August 1, 2018 for either (or both) of two Oregon Road Runners Club (ORRC) classic traditional events, the ORRC Mile and the ORRC Dual Duel. These are both small, low-key events, very fun and very well-organized, taking place at the Catlin Gabel School (8825 SW Barnes Rd, Portland, OR 97225, at the track, behind the school buildings at the north end of the campus). Timing will provided by Huber Timing, and the race will be directed by Daniel Brewer, who's been directing these events for years (decades?). The Dual Duel is actually ORRC's longest running event, this year marking its 46th anniversary.
The ORRC Mile will have 4 separate heats:
• Elite Mile at 6:30 pm. The Elite mile is for participants who expect to run sub-6:30 (men)/sub-7:00 (women). And, this year, the ORRC Elite Mile is also serving as the RRCA Oregon State Championship Mile event.
The ORRC Dual Duel, in its 47th year, is mainly a 2-person 10-mile track relay, but also has a solo 10K option (25 laps around the track) for anyone who might like the challenge of a fast, flat 10K race. For the relay event, sign up with a partner as a men's, women's, mixed, or racewalk team. (The racewalk division will be judged.) You and your partner will each run 5 miles, alternating single laps at a time. (If you're wondering: yes, that's 20 laps each!) A large transition zone allows you and your partner to vary the length of the single laps (for example, you can accept the baton later in the transition zone to make your partner run longer), which can be of strategic value. It's a fast and furious race, much like a track interval workout, but since it's a race, this makes it both more fun and more intense. Resting every other lap means you get to watch much of the event, too!
Awards for the Dual Dual 2-person relay will consist of ribbons awarded 5 places deep in each division and age group. There will be separate scoring for Running and Racewalk teams, within which there will be Men's, Women's, and Mixed team divisions, and the following age groups*: Under 35, 36-50, 51-65, 66-75, 76-85, 86-95, 96-105, 106-119, 120+
Cost: $25 per person ($15 for ORRC members with online registration) through July 30. After July 30, you may register in person on day of race for $30 per person ($25 for ORRC members).
There is also a single-lap, 400-m free Kids' Run in between the Mile and Dual Duel events.