Wetlands, Waterways, and Wildlife Preserves
The 6k Worst Day of the Year Run course (3.9 miles) is the perfect course for both athletes and sightseers, runners and walkers, adults and kids of all ages. With only 60 feet of elevation gain over the entire course, the course is smooth, fast, and flat, flat, flat. This even terrain will allow your eyes to wander to the beautiful scenery and wildlife along the course.
The Worst Day of the Year Run is a bird watching bonanza. It winds through wetlands, waterways, and wildlife preserves. Beginning with the aptly named Heron Lakes Golf Course, you will see gaggles of hardy geese who waved goodbye to their migrating brethren and hunkered down to weather the Oregon winter. With the rolling hills of the golf course on your right and the fields surrounding Portland International Raceway on your left, ducks are everywhere; braces on the ground, flocks in flight, and paddlings on the water. Speaking of water, look carefully for Great Blue Herons along the banks of the Columbia Slough.
After enjoying some hot cider and the tropical island sounds of a steel drum band, you’ll finish just past the marshes of the Vanport Wetlands Wildlife Preserve. Hot chili, soup, and rolls, along with both hot and frosty beverages (the first one is FREE for those in costume) await you at the finish. Sip, sup, and maybe sway to the tropical sounds of the Hawaiian Ukulele band as you mingle with thousands of fellow hardy souls who defied the weather and tackled the Worst Day of the Year Run.
- Distance: 6k
- Elevation: + 60 – 60 ft
- Aid Station: Yes
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