A Great Place to Run

Intel has an annual event I enjoy running each year. Traditionally, it is one of the best events in the area. Too bad it is limited to Intel employees and 1 guest.

This year’s event was “sold out” (it’s free). There were 1,753 finishers. Many of those were walkers, about a third runners. The race director has run many races and coordinated this event now for a number of years. Normally, she does a great job.

This year wasn’t at the usual outstanding caliber of past events. The course was poorly designed. Twice we had to run through runners to stay on course. Think a figure 8 and you get the idea. You should ALWAYS be able to design a course to never have runners crossing paths. Not only does it slow down the runner, it can also be dangerous.

Living in Portland Oregon this time of year you never know what to expect from the weather. This year ended up being VERY hot. The race started at 1:15 PM and the scoreboard said 92 degrees and if you are from Portland you know that is HOT.

There was a 5K and 10K. I ran the 5K and was light headed by the time I crossed the finish line. My time was 18:40. As much as I like the time I think the course was a bit short. I know what I can run and in that heat it was not going to be 18:40.

One thing I really loved since the course was a twisted out and back was a timing mat at the turnaround. This helps to ensure runners do not cut the course short. More races should do this. I know it costs a little more but it keeps runners honest.

I am a strong believer in corporate events. If you are an avid runner working for a company without such an event I encourage you to get one started. The employees love it! We had 3,000 employees at this event and despite a few things it was well received.

A final note. The race handed out finishers t-shirts. You had to run the race to receive a t-shirt. Many races provide a t-shirt at packet pick up. I like it when you earn the shirt after crossing the finish line. 

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Mike Haedrich
Mike Haedrich


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