Oregon > Run Like Hell Half Marathon, 10K & 5K
Portland, OR • Sunday, October 20, 2013 • Course Map
More than 4,000 runners and walkers crossed the finish line in all three races combined at the fall 2012 running of Portland's Run Like Hell Half Marathon, 10K & 5K, a Halloween-themed race that sees participants dress out for the event in full costume for a run through this city's urban parks and along its waterfront areas along the Willamette River.
Now something of a running tradition in Portland, the race celebrated its 10th annual running in 2012, when it welcomed more than 1,000 runners and walkers for the half-marathon race alone. Each year, the race features a different theme for the costumes they encourage runners to wear -- check the race website shown below for more information on this year's theme.
From the starting line near downtown's World Trade Center at the corner of Southwest 2nd and Salmon Streets, the course takes runners through the city's Pearl District and includes scenic views of the changing autumn leaves as well as Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Duniway Park, Terwilliger Park and Mount Hood off in the distance. After starting off with mostly flat terrain for the first five miles, the course then begins a three-mile gradual uphill that takes runners along Naito Parkway and Barbur Boulevard.
By the time participants reach the eighth mile marker, the course again flattens out as it follows along the western edge of Portland's George Hines Park, taking runners along the winding Terwilliger Boulevard northward through the city. The course continues its wind along the edge of the parks, passing by Terwilliger Park and through Duniway Park, for the home stretch of the race, which is a slight downhill slope toward the finish line back at the starting line near Pioneer Square.
The race is run entirely on paved surfaces along the city's downtown streets and park roads, and race organizers ask that runners who cannot finish the half marathon with a pace of at most 15 minutes per mile run instead in the 10K race, which starts at 8:20 AM, following the 7:45 AM start time for the half marathon. The 5K race starting time follows at 9:10 AM, and the event also includes a half-mile "Kids Dash," which starts at 8:30 AM.
Runners and walkers are welcome and encouraged to participate in any of the event's three race distances, but walkers who sign up for the 13.1-mile race will need to be able to finish the course within 3 1/2 hours or less.
Weather & Climate
Located in the northwest corner of the state, Portland typically sees October temperatures that average between 48°F and 63°F, while rainfall totals average just under 3.4 inches for the month. On the day of the race (Oct. 20), the average low is 47°F and the average high is 61°F.
View the race route map for the Run Like Hell Half Marathon
7:45 AM - half marathon
8:20 AM - 10K
9:10 AM - 5K
$74 for the half marathon, if registered by August 1, 2013
$84 between Aug. 2 - October 8
$99 on Oct. 9 and after
To reserve your spot in the fall 2013 running of Portland's Run Like Hell Half Marathon, 10K or 5K race, register online at OneStopRace.com.
Official Race Website
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