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Michigan > Portland Riverfest Run Half Marathon & 5K
Portland, MI


Saturday, August 23, 2008

Event Details

Set in this Michigan town just off Interstate 96 between Lansing and Grand Rapids, Mich., Portland plays host each August to the Portland Riverfest Run, including a half marathon, 5K run, a non-competitive "walk for the arts" and a kids' fun run.

Participants in the half marathon follow a course that crosses three of the city's historic bridges, and along the shores of both the Glass and Looking Glass Rivers (which give rise to Portland's designation as the "City of Two Rivers"). The 2.5-mile walking race takes participants past the historic Red Mill and along the Grand River. All races begin at 8:00 AM except the Kids Fun Run, which starts at 8:30 AM.

The Riverfest Run races are part of the Portland Riverfest, a three-day weekend of festival activities from Aug. 24-26. Organizers bring out the works -- everything from hot air balloon rides, arts and crafts, a horse show and a fishing tournament to a pet parade, bed race, canoe race, food and entertainment.

To get to the starting line for the races at Portland High School, take I-96 to Portland (exit 76); north on Kent Street towards town; left on Grand River Avenue; cross the bridge; right on Water Street (which becomes Lyons Road) 1.1 miles to Portland High School.

Race Weather & Climate

With over 4 inches of average rainfall during the month, August tends to be the Portland area's wettest month, so bring your running jacket and come prepared for rain. Temperatures tend to be mild to moderately warm, averaging between 58°F and 79°F.


(2007 fees)
$10 for the Kids' "Around the School" Fun Run
$15 for the half marathon (if registered by August 22, 2007)
$25 on the day of the race


Online registration is not yet available for the 2009 running of Michigan's Portland Riverfest Run. Please check back later for updated information.


Portland Running Club - The official site of the Portland Running Club, with more information on the Portland Riverfest Run, local running routes and more events throughout the year.

Portland Riverfest - The event website for the festivities at the Portland Riverfest, including a schedule of events, photo gallery, maps & directions and more.

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