THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED
This event has been canceled for 2020 due to the COVID-19 restrictions. Part of the charm of the race was to celebrate after the race in the park with friends and family. All signs are that we will have this race in the summer of 2021.
The Oxbow 5k & 10k Trail Run is a family fun event that takes place in scenic Oxbow Regional Park, Metro just outside of Gresham on the Sandy River about 30 minutes from downtown Portland.
Float or float? Spend the day at Oxbow
Originally we thought of floating a popular section of the Sandy River Water Trail 3.5 miles downriver to Dabney State Park after the run. However, no insurance company would allow it. Instead, each finisher gets a root beer float!
Bring the family for fun after the race. The Alder Picnic Area will be reserved for participants and their guests for the whole day. There are two barbeques, so bring charcoal and food to throw on the grill. There are horseshoe pits and play structures, plus a trail down to the beach on the Sandy River.
Shuttle with a friend and float the river in a tube, boat or kayak. Follow the safety guidelines of the Sandy River Trail Guide. It is the responsibility of each individual river user to be safe as neither Northwest Dirt Churners or Metro is part of the river float.
Reserve a camping spot and stay for the weekend.
Both the 5k and 10k start and finish at the Alder Picnic Area in the center of the park next to the Sandy River. Both races are cupless. The 10k will have a water-only station for refills of handhelds, etc. at the four-mile turnaround point.
5K– The 5k is fairly flat and a great way for new runners to get acclimated to running trails. The start of the run provides stunning views of the oxbow bend of the Sandy River and the foothills surrounding it. After a couple of miles, the course heads toward Elk Meadow and the Ancient Forest, a section of 700-year-old majestic trees in an old-growth forest.
10k- The 10k follows the 5k route for the first 2.3 miles, where the two distances split and the run climbs up to Alder Ridge. The trail circles around Elk Meadow. On a clear day, Mt. Hood appears between the towering Douglas Firs. On the other side of the plateau is an out and back along the equestrian trail. Runners will be treated with a 300' challenging climb in a half-mile to the road, only to turn around at the aid station and navigate the stairs and roots on the descent. Continue the loop on Alder Ridge past the moss of ferns of the forest to meet back on the 5k course and the Ancient Forest to the finish.
Race Day Details
Oxbow Regional Park, Metro opens at 6:30 am. Remember it is $5 per car to park.
Parking is at Alder Picnic Area until full. There are other parking areas throughout the park.
Check-in from 8-8:45 am. Water will be available to fill a water bottle before and after the race (remember this is a cupless race). Park restrooms are near the picnic area.
Both 5k and 10k races start at 9:00 am from Alder Picnic Area. We’ll have a pre-race meeting five minutes before the start.
The finish is also at Alder Picnic Area. Finishers will be given a cup and utensils for root beer floats. Guests can have root beer floats as well, we ask for a $5 donation. Skout Organic bars and seeds, fruit and water will also be available for recovery.
Stay until the park closes at dusk.
About Oxbow Park
All vehicles entering the park as part of the event will pay a $5 parking fee at the entry booth, busses are $7.
Local time: 1:21 AM
No Pets– We love them, but pets are not allowed in the vehicle or on a leash at Oxbow Regional Park. This is to preserve the sensitive habitat of the park.
No Alcohol– Alcohol is not allowed in Oxbow Regional Park. Smoking or Vaping is also not allowed.