Sunday, April 2, 2017 • Portland, OR • Course Map
A few thousand runners and walkers cross the finish line each year at Portland’s Race For The Roses Half Marathon, 10K & 5K, which showcases the city’s downtown neighborhoods and waterfront park areas along the Willamette River that courses right through the heart of the city.
Run along a course made up entirely of paved city streets and a couple of bridge crossings over the river, the race is mostly fast and flat with some rolling hills, and is run as a benefit to support the local Albertina Kerr Centers nonprofit organization, which provides shelter for children and families in crisis in the Portland area.
Described by organizers as “scenic and fast,” the course takes participants on a tour of many of the city’s most notable attractions showing off both “halves” of the city: “one part metropolitan quirkiness, the other active outdoorsiness.”
Start & finish at Oregon Convention Center. From the starting line near the convention center, those running the half marathon follow the route first along Multnomah Street and North Interstate Avenue to the Broadway Bridge, where they cross over onto the western bank of the Willamette and begin the run through downtown’s neighborhoods.
After a brief loop around Lovejoy Street and 9th Avenue, the course then turns right onto Naito Parkway and begins a long, mostly straightaway stretch along the river, taking runners along the edge of the scenic Tom McCall Waterfront Park, passing by a couple dozen city blocks to the first turn, onto Barbur Boulevard.
After the turn onto Barbur, runners head north along the eastern edge of Portland’s Duniway Park, a small urban park that features a lilac garden as well as a state-of-the-art running track made from recycled rubber, including rubber culled from several thousand old running shoes donated by the Nike corporation.
Roses given out with finisher’s medals. The course takes a few more turns as it continues its direction north back toward the Willamette River, intersecting with Northwest Front Avenue, where runners and walkers turn left and head toward the race’s second major turnaround point at the intersection of 26th Drive and Front Avenue.
After the turnaround, the field begins the race’s home stretch back down Front Avenue toward the finish line, crossing the bridge once again over to the Oregon Convention Center finish line ceremonies, where roses are given out along with medals for every runner and walker completing the race.
Race Weather & Climate
Nestled among the Cascade Mountains of the Pacific Northwest, within sight of the majestic Mount Hood and Washington’s Mount St. Helens in the distance, the city of Portland usually experiences mild to cool conditions in the early spring.
On race day (April 2), the average low is 44ºF and the average high is 61ºF.
- 2016 Races for the Roses Half Marathon Results
- 2015 Races for the Roses Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Races for the Roses Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Races for the Roses Half Marathon Results
- 2012 Races for the Roses Half Marathon Results
- 2011 Races for the Roses Half Marathon Results
- 8:00 AM – half marathon
- 8:20 AM – 10K
- 8:35 AM – 5K
- $75 – $90 for the half marathon
- $50 – $70 for the 10K
- $40 – $60 for the 5K
To reserve your spot in the 2017 running of Portland’s Race For The Roses Half Marathon, 10K or 5K race, register online at AthletePath.com here.
Official Race Website
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