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Inaugural Orange Chicken Run kicks off Oct. 5


Queen of the High Road founders hope to attract entire family to half-marathon

by: JOSH KULLA - Organizers of the Queen of the High Road half-marathon  now hope to attract men, women and their families to the Orange Chicken Run event set for Oct. 5.Wilsonville resident Jules Moody and her friends are visionaries when it comes to public events in the south Metro area.

After starting the Queen of the High Road half-marathon five years ago and watching the all-female event grow from 50 to nearly 500 participants, Moody now is looking to branch out to the rest of the family in a new race aimed at the general public.

The first Orange Chicken Run half-marathon, named for a Moody family dinner favorite, will be held at 9 a.m. Oct. 5 in Wilsonville’s Memorial Park. The 13.1 mile race will wind its way through the streets, parks and jogging trails of Wilsonville, starting and ending at the park’s river shelter.

“It’s kind of a big deal because it’s the first co-ed half-marathon in Wilsonville,” said Moody. “The ‘Queen’ we’ve done for five years, and the women are all like, ‘When is it our husband’s turn?’”

As it turns out, it’s more than just husbands who will be taking part in the Orange Chicken Run. Not only is the event co-ed, there also will be a “half of a half” (6.5 miles) race open to children ages 10 and older.

“We’re trying to get families involved,” Moody said. “It’s open to ages 10 and up, but I’m thinking teenagers mostly. Probably next year we’ll even add a smaller event to add more kids in there.”

The route will be familiar to women who have taken part in the Queen of the High Road in recent years as it is the same.

Starting at Memorial Park, racers head up the hill to Wilsonville Road and head north through the middle of town as far as Boeckman Road. There, the race heads over to the west side of town and makes its way south again along Boberg and Kinsman roads.

The race then turns north again and heads to Villebois and the Graham Oaks Nature Park before returning east along Wilsonville Road. Another detour south to the city’s Willamette River Water Treatment Plant Park is next.

From there, the course retraces its route north along Kinsman and Boberg to Boeckman Road. A detour through several residential neighborhoods is followed by a sweep south down Wilsonville Road to the city’s community garden off Rose Lane. Memorial Park is, by then, nearly within sight. Racers proceed along the Memorial Park Forest Trail and re-enter the park for the finish.

There are three aid stations with drinks and more along with way.

Sponsors still are trickling in, Moody said, while registration numbers are lagging behind those of the more-established “Queen” event.

“Our idea is to just make it a fun community outreach,” she said. “We’re supporting Young Life; it’s a national organization, but very much alive and well in Wilsonville, that reaches out to kids in middle school and high school. That’s our charity.”

Of course, you had to know that orange chicken would figure in there somehow, and it will — the popular dish, prepared for the race by Wilsonville restaurant Rice Time, will be available at the finish line for racers.

“We’re trying to make it a fun, catchy thing,” Moody said. “People like the name, they think it’s cute.”

At a glance

2013 Orange Chicken Run

When: 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5

Where: Memorial Park, Wilsonville

How much: Registration $40 per individual; family discounts available on request

Who: Both walkers and runners welcome

Details/registration: orangechickenrun.com, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.