Twin Peaks week is finally here and all our minds are on the question: what makes a great race? After back to back weekends volunteering and/or running Rainshadow races along the Oregon Coast, we feel fully informed and inspired by their laid back, runner and runner’s crew centric approach, many of those aspects which we are bringing to the race on Saturday including:
Keep it local: We've kept as many aspects of the race from t-shirt printing from Moxley Media to giveaways from local sponsors to snacks from local grocers as well as from our Jackson County Costco, boosting our local economy
Environmentally conscious: This is a cupless event and Twin Peaks is donating some proceeds of the race to Jacksonville Woodlands Association for ongoing trail maintenance and preservation efforts
Easy to run: Several check-in options including one on Friday night at Beerworks in Jacksonville and the morning of beginning at 7:15 AM at the start line
A beautiful, challenging and well-marked course: YES!
Runner centric aid stations: All aid stations will have experienced runners as captains who’ll be filling water bottles with water and Tailwind as well as fully stocked with GU, PB&J’s, chips, candy, Coke, and some fun early 90’s themed treats
Lots of volunteers: We will average about 1 volunteer for every 4 racers, making sure runners get supported every step of their journey AND showing how Woodlands really is a community running group that belongs to everyone
Trail Sister Approved: We’ve made a commitment to gender equality in our race with equal podium spots, equal awards, women’s specific apparel, equal space for women at the starting line, and menstrual products at all aid stations
A finish line for runners, friends, and family: We’ve brought the hype with race finisher announcements, free tacos from Los Arcos, coolers with refreshments (also BYO drinks of your choice), giveaways from our sponsors and Woodlands Running, awards for top 3 women & men in each race distance, and live music from Adam Gabriel
We’re so grateful to our race sponsors Southern Oregon Subaru, Tailwind, Rogue Valley Runners, Hoka One One, and Jackson County Physical Therapy as well as to all the volunteers and runners helping to make this race the start of an annual fall running community tradition in Jacksonville. If you haven’t already signed up, you can do so HERE or come see us at Beerworks from 4:00-6:00 PM on Friday night.
Here’s to frolicking in leaves and unpacking those cute boots and warm sweaters.