Paths, Preserves, and Portland International Raceway
The 8k Worst Day of the Year Run course (5.2 miles) is the bigger brother of the 6k course. With only 71 feet of elevation gain over the entire course, this course is also smooth, fast, and flat, flat, flat. The extra 11 feet of elevation will allow you to gaze down upon the Heron Lakes Golf Course, Columbia Slough, and Portland International Raceway track.
Not only does the course wind past beautiful scenery chock full of wildlife, it also showcases some of Portland finest recreational infrastructure. After mile #1 on Marine Drive, runners turn onto the wide pathway of the Peninsula Crossing Trail, uniting North Portland with the scenic wonderland of Smith and Bybee Lakes. Turn left, dip under a railroad trestle, and pop up on the Columbia Slough Trail. This trail, atop the dyke, meanders along with the slough on your right the entire way. Numerous varieties of ducks, some hardy geese, and Great Blue Herons will be on display as you run. The view to the left changes from the rolling greens of Heron Lakes Golf Course to the racetrack and infrastructure of Portland International Raceway.
After enjoying some hot cider and the tropical island sounds of a steel drum band, you’ll finish 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: 8k
- Elevation: + 72 – 71 ft
- Aid Station: Yes
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