If you are looking for a great small town race you would be hard pressed to find a better one than the Run 4 The Light in Westport, WA. For those of you unfamiliar with Westport it is located on the Washington coast, east of Olympia on the south side of the entrance to Grays Harbor. Westport is known for surfing, fishing and whale watching, however there are also some great places to run in that area (in a future post I will talking about some of my favorite runs around Westport). The Run 4 The Light is a 5 mile race and is run on a loop course that lets you see many of the main attractions in Westport. The course starts and ends at the Westport Maritime Museum. It then takes you out of town and past Washington State’s tallest lighthouse before you get on the dune trail, which is a paved trail running along the top of the beach. The dune trail will take you all the way back into Westport. While running along the trail you will have amazing views of the water, including all the surfers who flock to Westport. Once you reach the end of the trail its a straight shot down the main road that runs the length of downtown along the mairna to the finish line. The course is mostly flat with just a few small rolling hills.
The Run 4 The Light usually has around 100 runners and awards a unique, lighthouse themed trophy to the overall male and female winners. There are also ribbons for the top 3 in each age group (5 year) and everyone completing the race gets a finishers ribbon. They also give out numerous raffle prizes during the awards ceremony.
This year’s race was on August 2 (the 2009 race will be on August 1st). Besides a fairly brisk wind it was perfect racing weather. The overall winner was Daryl Montgomery in 30:29 and the 1st female was Alyson Piccolo in 34:00. Complete results can be found at http://www.walightkeepers.com/docs2/R4L-RESULTS2008.pdf. Unfortunately, due to an injury I was unable to run in this year’s race, although I still had a great time watching Cami run. However, next year I plan to run and hopefully I will see you there.