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Formerly the ORRC Y2K Run, now Ralph's Run in honor of longtime ORRC member Ralph Brown, this event moves back to its original premise of a changing distance every year. Starting out in 1986 as the 8.6 in '86, it will now be 20.24K in 2024. You get a new PR every year! It also features a 10K run/walk and new for 2024 we're adding a 5K run/walk and a kid's run. All events start at 9am and the course closes at noon. (There is an 8:30 start intended ONLY for 20.24K participants who can’t make the three hour cut-off.)
We honor Ralph by using a whimsical distance, as he started this event as the "8.6 in '86." We honor Ralph by including a 10K, 5K and kid's run, so anyone, regardless of their age and ability, can run or walk this event. We honor Ralph's memory by celebrating community. Volunteers from the Forest Grove UCC make the pancakes. Proceeds from this event go the FGUCC community fund, which includes providing shelter for the houseless in the wintertime. Students from nearby high schools volunteer on the course. The logo honors Ralph's connection to the railroad. The logo includes forget-me-nots because he struggled with dementia, and because he will always be remembered.
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The event features a 20.24K run, a 10K run/walk, a 5K run/walk, and a free kid's run at Tom McCall Upper Elementary School (1341 Pacific Ave) in Forest Grove. All events (except the kid's run) start at 9am and the course closes at noon. (There is an 8:30 start intended ONLY for 20.24K participants who can’t make the three hour cut-off.) The Kid's Run is at 10:30 and is one lap around the TMUE track.
All courses start and finish at Tom McCall Upper Elementary School (1341 Pacific Ave) in Forest Grove, covering back roads through scenic wine country. The 20.24K and 10K races are together for the first three miles, then split, then rejoin for the last 1.5 miles. This is not a closed course, so please be cautious of traffic and follow the Rules of the Road (e.g. keep left going against traffic).
The 20.24K and the 10K courses start and finish at Tom McCall Upper Elementary School (1341 Pacific Ave) in Forest Grove, covering back roads through scenic wine country. Both races are together for the first three miles, then split, then rejoin for the last 1.5 miles. This is not a closed course, so please be cautious of traffic and follow the Rules of the Road (e.g. keep left going against traffic).
The 5K course is an out-and-back over the last 1.5 miles of the 10K course. Everyone gets to do that hill by the cemetery. This is not a closed course, so please be cautious of traffic and follow the Rules of the Road (e.g. keep left going against traffic).
There will be a Kid's Run at 10:30am. The distance is a 1/4 mile, once around the new track at Tom McCall School. The Kid's Run is free, and no registration is required. Participants will get free pancakes and a special prize.
Registration is online only. We will be using Dynamic Bib Assignment. Your bib number will be assigned when you pick up your bib either on Friday or Saturday. Registration at RunSignUp stays open until the race starts. Race-day registration must be done online with a credit card. We cannot accept cash or checks.
Awesome family rates are available (maximum 2 adults and 3 children - immediate family only) by choosing our multi-person pricing option in the sign-up process. Registration info must be completed for each family member. ORRC member discount does not apply.
1) Start by registering the first person. DO NOT PAY UNTIL AFTER YOU'VE ADDED ALL FAMILY MEMBERS!!!
2) Then scroll down to "+ Add Another Registrant"option.
3) Click the carrot - "^" to the right and on the same line as "None", revealing the family rate as shown below.
4) Select the family option and then add registrations for other family members.
NOTE: Family rate is NOT available for day-of-event registrations.
Take TV Highway or Highway 26 west to Forest Grove. Drive west through town past Pacific University and the downtown area. Tom McCall is at the intersection of Highway 8 and Pacific Avenue.
There are two buildings on the campus—Tom McCall East and Tom McCall West. Registration and packet pick-up are at Tom McCall East, and the start/finish is between Tom McCall East and Tom McCall West. There is parking at Tom McCall East, Tom McCall West, and at the Assembly of God Church lot (across the street from TM East). Carpooling is encouraged.
Early pick-up is at Tom McCall East on Friday January 5th from 4pm to 6pm. Day of race pick-up starts at 7:30am. Bring your phone for dynamic bib assignment. You may pick-up bibs for friends and family.
A long sleeve tech shirt is available for $20. Only pre-registered participants are guaranteed a shirt; some may be available day of race.
We'll have custom Ralph's Run beanies for the first 400 finishers in the 20.24K, 10K and 5K.
The weather for Ralph's Run has run the gamut from sunny and mid-40s to rainy and mid-30s, to below freezing and snowy. Check the forecast before the race and dress accordingly.
Water, Gatorade, Gu packets and a few snacks will be available at Miles 2, 4.2, 7.5, 9 and 11 for the 20.24K and at Miles 2 and 4.5 for the 10K. We will provide paper cups at aid stations, but encourage you to be eco-friendly by carrying your own drinking container (handhelds, bottles, bladders or collapsible cups). ORRC will provide free reusable cups when you pick up your bib and encourage you to use the cups on the course.
You may switch from the 20.24K to the 10K or 5K or vice versa. If you decide to do this before the start, please contact the race director ASAP or report the change at the registration table. If you decide to switch during the race (as the 20.24 and 10K courses share the first three miles), tell the timer after you’ve finished so we can have accurate results. The cost to upgrade from the 10K to the 20.24K is $15.00. If you switch from the 20.24K to the 10K, you will NOT receive a partial refund.
Plaques to the overall male, female and non-binary winners in the open and masters (40+) divisions for the 20.24K run, 10K run and 10K walk, 5K run and 5K walk. There are no separate awards for 20.24K walkers. The top five finishers in the standard 5-year age groups will earn ribbons. Overall winners are not eligible for age group ribbons. We have a special Caboose award for the last person to cross the finish line.
There are no finisher medals this year, but beanies instead.
Stay after the race! There will be an in-person raffle. Must be present to win!
There will be a traditional Pancake Feed! Participants, volunteers and family members are welcome to enjoy pancakes, juice and coffee prepared by the Forest Grove United Church of Christ. ORRC will make a donation to the FG UCC to support their work to Care for Our Community.
This race is chip timed. Results will be available at www.orrc.net
The 10K and 5K have separate walking categories with awards for walkers. If you are registered as a walker, the expectation is that you will walk the entire time (i.e. one foot on the ground at all times). If you plan to run any portion of the 10K or 5K, then you should register as a runner. Please understand that that this is not a judged race walking event, so we expect walkers to police themselves. We ask that walkers start toward the back of the pack so as to not impede the runners, and to not walk more than two abreast on the course so that runners and traffic can pass safely.
The use of personal music devices is strongly discouraged at this event. To enjoy all that our race has to offer and for the safety of all participants, the ORRC encourages a headphone-free environment. Strollers, baby joggers or similar devices are permitted, but should start toward the back of the pack. Dogs are not permitted. We discourage anyone younger than 14 to run the 20.24K. The course is open to traffic, so please run or walk against traffic (keep left) and do not cross the road except at places monitored by course marshals or police.
Race fees are not refundable, but may be transferred to other ORRC events.
Ralph's Run is the first event of ORRC's challenge series. If you participate in all ORRC 5K events, or all ORRC 10K events, or all ORRC 10-mile or longer events in the calendar year, you will receive a prize at the end of the calendar year. If you either participate or volunteer in EVERY ORRC event in the calendar year you will win a prize for the President's challenge. No need to register for these challenges, you just need to be an ORRC member.
At our running events, ORRC strives to promote inclusivity and fairness for all participants. While it's true that running only requires a pair of shoes, we understand that barriers to entry exist. Our Pay It Forward Fund (PIFF) assists those with financial difficulties paying for race fees. Contact this event’s race director about discounted race entries. We want to emphasize that everyone is welcome at our races, including BIPOC, LGBTQ+ and youth runners.
Transgender women can register to compete a) in the female category if athletes have undergone medically supervised hormone treatment for at least one year prior to the race or b) in the male category with no restrictions.
Transgender men can register to compete a) in the male category if athletes have undergone medically supervised hormone treatment for at least one year prior to the race or b) in the female category with no restrictions.
During registration, all entrants can select their gender category – male, female, or nonbinary. Entrants who choose nonbinary will have their own division, results page, and awards.
The gender and category that a runner selects during registration will be accepted as is. As such, no challenges to a runner's gender or category will be allowed or tolerated.
This policy will be updated as needed to ensure fair and inclusive practices.
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