Saturday, May 7, 2016 • Hillsboro, OR • Course Map
An all-women’s half marathon race that is held each spring on Mother’s Day weekend and whose proceeds support Portland’s local Raphael House women’s shelter, the Hippie Chick Half Marathon, Quarter Marathon and Fun Run takes hundreds of runners at a race that awards prizes for the best-costumed “Hippie Chick” runners.
Runners start the out-and-back course for the race at Hillsboro’s Gordon Faber Recreational Complex, which lies just off Evergreen Parkway and 229th Avenue, next to the Hondo Dog Park.
From there, the race heads west along Bennett Street, Hoffman Street and Meek Road, and then turns left to head south and makes a big loop around Sewell Road, Evergreen Road and Jackson School Road, before turning left to head west again on Scotch Church Road. There’s a brief out-and-back on Scotch Church, and then runners begin heading back along Meek Road toward the start again.
Just over 1,300 runners crossed the finish line in the half marathon alone last year, out of a total of more than 2,200 finishers in both races combined.
Along the way — the course is filled with “flat, tree-lined streets with amazing scenic views,” organizers say — runners will pass by a number of local parks including the Hondo Dog Park just outside the recreational complex near the start/finish line, and along plenty of rolling country roads just outside Hillsboro in the middle miles of the race.
After the race, there’s a free mimosa for every finisher and a pancake breakfast waiting for you at the finish line festival.
This race is now part of Oregon’s Hood to Coast Race Series, which organizes eight races in and around the Portland area each year and feature half marathon, 10K and 5K distances.
Race Weather & Climate
Located in the northwestern corner of the state, roughly 20 miles west of downtown Portland, Hillsboro typically sees cool to moderately warm weather in May, a month that has brought record temperatures here as low as 25 degrees (in 1969) and as high as 100 degrees (in 1983).
On race day (May 7), the average low is 45ºF and the average high is 67ºF.
- 7:30 AM – kids’ race
- 8:00 AM – half marathon, quarter marathon
See race website
To reserve your spot in the 2016 running of Hillsboro’s Hippie Chick Half Marathon or Quarter Marathon, register online at imATHLETE.com here.
Official Race Website
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