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GET READY TO HOWL!

There will be no obstacle to having fun next week when the City hosts the 'Howl at the Moon' 5K Adventure Run


REVIEW FILE PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Jossilyn Blackman traverses the tire obstacle with ease during last year's 5K adventure run at Luscher Farm. This year's event, renamed Howl at the Moon, is scheduled for July 29.Hilly terrain and more than a dozen obstacles — including the infamous Hills of Torture — await participants next week in a 5K adventure run that City officials hope will have everyone from couch potatoes to serious runners howling at the moon.

In fact, the July 29 event is actually called the Howl at the Moon 5K Adventure Run. Family, friends, fans and the merely curious can enjoy food, beer, music and vendor booths starting at 5 p.m.; runners will then begin heading out on the 3.1-mile Luscher Farm course at 6 p.m.

Organizers had hoped that 100 participants would show up for last year’s inaugural race, which was called the Once in a Blue Moon 5K. Instead, 460 competitors rambled up and down hills, scrambled under netting and plunged into mud pits.

The event’s name has been changed to Howl at the Moon because, well, there is no blue moon this summer. But all of last year’s popular obstacles are back and the City’s Parks & Recreation Department is hoping for another big turnout.REVIEW FILE PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Runners take care as they traverse the teeter-totter, one of more than a dozen obstacles on the 5K course. Many of last year's favorite features will be back again next week.

“We hope at least 500 people are there,” event director Jamie Inglis says.

To make that happen, Parks & Rec formed an “Adventure Team” that has worked for the past year to improve the course at Luscher Farm and make the run a howling success. “Everyone has amped up their game,” Inglis says. “All of the staff worked together and designed it. It’s pretty special.”

The Hills of Torture, which rise and fall near the end of the course, are back. So are the trench crawl, tire crawl, tunnel, plank walk, hay pyramid, mud pit and soak-n-run — 16 obstacles in all, surrounded by the farm’s hilly terrain.

“The water slide is the coolest,” says Eric Hirschberger, who is in charge of building the obstacles.

Competitors must be at least 10 years old, but younger adventurers can still join in the fun. The Lake Oswego Fire Department will be hosting a Fire Fit Kids Course, a mini version of the 5K with tunnels and water — and a Teddy bear to rescue at the end.

“We just want everyone to have fun,” Inglis says.REVIEW FILE PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Aimee Baker goes down head first on the Slip'N Slide, one of the more popular obstacles from last year's race. 'The water slide is the coolest,' says Eric Hirschberger, who is in charge of building the obstacles.

Throughout the evening, participants can celebrate at the Howl at the Moon Barn Bash in the Luscher Farm barn. Country/rock songstress Briana Renea and her band will perform from 7:30-10 p.m., and there’ll be plenty to eat and drink — tasty bites from PDX Sliders and Koi Fusion, frosty adult beverages from Gilgamesh Brewing and more.

There’ll also be a mechanical bull riding contest, and “it won’t be like the little old mechanical horse that used to be at Wizer’s,” Inglis says.

“I plan on winning,” says Kelliegh Bradley, a recreation supervisor and Adventure Team member.

To register for Howl at the Moon, go to ci.oswego.or.us/howl-moon. Registration is $40 per person on a four-member team or $45 for individuals. Admission to the barn dance is free.REVIEW FILE PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Craig Pieringer cools off at a water station along last year's 5K course. More than 460 athletes participated in the adventure run.

Packet pickup will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, July 28, at Fleet Feet Sports PDX in downtown Lake Oswego (385 First St.) or from 4-6 p.m. at Luscher Farm on race day. There is no parking allowed at Luscher Farm, which is located at 125 Rosemont Road in West Linn, but race participants and spectators can walk or take a free shuttle from Hazelia Field at Luscher Farm, 17800 Stafford Road in Lake Oswego; Lakeridge High School, 1235 Overlook Drive; or C3 Church, 17979 Stafford Road in Lake Oswego.

For more information, go to ci.oswego.or.us/howl-moon or contact Parks & Rec at 503-675-2549.

Contact Cliff Newell at 503-636-1281 ext. 105 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..