Run Like Hell Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

Sunday, October 21, 2018 • Portland, OR • Course Map

More than 3,000 runners and walkers cross the finish line in all three races combined each year at 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 celebrates its 16th annual running this year, when it plans on welcoming 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.

Portland’s Run Like Hell Half Marathon starts at Tom McCall Waterfront Park between Burnside and Morrison bridges. From there, the course takes runners first south along Pacific Highway, starting with a gradual uphill for the first three miles, gaining just under 300 feet of elevation in that time.

After that, most of the rest of the course is all downhill or flat, as the next three miles retrace the route of the first three, back in the direction of Tom McCall Waterfront Park, which lies along the banks of the Willamette River.

Once runners have crossed the Steel Bridge, the second half of the race begins. By this point, the course has largely flattened out as it heads into Portland’s Lloyd District.

The course continues through several turns as it winds its way toward the turnaround point on North Interstate Avenue; after that, runners then head back toward the finish line at Tom McCall Waterfront Park.

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.

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.

Tom McCall Waterfront Park in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Justin Houk/flickr)

Tom McCall Waterfront Park in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Justin Houk/flickr)

Race Weather & Climate

Located in the northwest corner of the state, Portland typically sees cool to mild weather in October, which has brought record temperatures here as low as 31°F (in 2002) and as high as 92°F (in 1987). Rainfall is always a possibility, and the area sees nearly 3.4 inches per month.

On the day of the race (Oct. 21), the average low is 46°F and the average high is 59°F.

Past Results

Course Map

See the Run Like Hell Half Marathon course map here.

Starting Time

  • 8:00 AM – half marathon, 10K
  • 9:00 AM – 5K


  • $79 – $109 for the half marathon
  • $49 – $69 for the 10K
  • $39 – $59 for the 5K


To reserve your spot in the fall 2018 running of Portland’s Run Like Hell Half Marathon, 10K or 5K race, register online at the event website here.

Official Race Website

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2 comments… add one
  • Beth January 2, 2019, 3:46 pm

    ? 2019 date for “Run Like Hell half marathon”?

  • Jed Leonen May 17, 2015, 9:57 am

    hello I’m interested in participating in your half marathon race this October. Will there be any medal finishers for completing the run at finish line? Thank you


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