Springtime Is Heaven for Runners in Portland
Portland’s winter has been a doozy. In January, Portland experienced “8 inches at Portland International Airport and 11.8 inches downtown, making it the biggest snowstorm in about 20 years.” Tumultuous weather has continued throughout winter, as February sustained low temperatures and a litany of potholes.
Fortunately, March marks the arrival of a Spring, a season where Portlanders can once again return to the outdoors. Here’s one of the best ways to embrace the newfound sunshine and the turn of the season: sign up to participate in a spring running event!
We’ve done the research and we’ve compiled a list of upcoming fun runs and races in the Portland area this spring. So take your marks, start training, and sign up for one of these races this season.
Portland is kicking off Spring’s running season with the annual Shamrock Run. Although this race technically occurs on the last day of winter, it’s an ode to the season ahead. According to the race’s organizers, “the Adidas Shamrock Run is the largest running and walking event in Oregon and is the third largest running event in the western United States.”
The Shamrock Run caters to all skill levels by including 5K, 10K, 15K and half marathon distances. Race perks: a souvenir poly blend shirt, Shamrock Irish Potato soup, and Widmer Brothers beer for those over 21.
Bridge to Brews
A run the celebrates all things Portland, the Bridge to Brews run starts and ends at a brewery after traversing the most iconic Portland bridges. On April 9th, participants of all ages will take part in a 10k, 8k, or kids half miler. Known as the only Portland race to cross the Fremont Bridge, the Bridge to Brews run is not to be missed.
Early bird registrations have already sold out, but if you register by March 21st you can still take advantage of discount pricing for this upcoming Portland run.
Cinco de Mayo Run
Join in as Portland’s Cinco de Mayo run celebrates its 15th anniversary! This year, the race is moving from its usual NW Portland to Barbur Boulevard trail to the East Side Industrial area. But don’t worry, the commemorative gear, Lagunitas beer, Pepino’s food, and live music celebration will still be a part of the celebration.
And as a note of reassurance, the organization states that, “All races will now run over bridges and will be much flatter and faster than ever before!” Whether you sign up for the 5k, 10k, half marathon, or the kids half miler, Portland’s Cinco de Mayo run promises to be a celebratory event that offers beautiful views of the city and a run to remember.
Tulip Trail Run
On March 25th, enjoy an off road Tulip Train Run just outside of Portland at Woodbury’s Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm. As a benefit to Oregon City High School’s Track and Field and Cross Country teams, this annual run promises to deliver idyllic views of the tulip farm as you compete in either a 5K or a 10K – rain or shine.
If you’re searching for a small scale race that might be less intimidating to newer runners, the Tabor Challenge is a great Portland race. Organizers state “The Tabor Challenge was created to honor the memory of LTJG Thomas Cameron by rewarding athletically and academically exemplary seniors at Grover Cleveland High School with a college scholarship that will inspire them to achieve.”
As Portlanders run or walk in this 5k race, they not only get a taste of a Portland fun run, but they also donate to a great cause that helps provide means for local student athletes to pursue higher education.