Written by: Tina-Maria Garcia; Portland, Oregon
It’s that time of year where the sun starts setting later and the promise of spring is just around the corner. Just as the flowers are starting to emerge, many runners are taking to the streets of Portland. I myself joined the running masses a few years ago. I was never a huge fan of running but the pretty streets of NE Portland provided a great distraction from the pounding pavement. Not to mention, training for a race is a great way to get in shape and Portland has some great races to choose from!
There are multiple running events that take place in the spring time. Most of the races snake through downtown and end along Waterfront Blvd. From Waterfront Blvd., you get a view of the river and bridges, a sign that you are almost to the finish, my favorite part of the race. The race crowds are always big and electric, everyone is motivated and having a good time.
Feeling left out because you are not a runner? No worries! These races all have walking options!
Still not sure you are into a running event? Running events aren’t just a great opportunity for fitness and competition but a portion of the proceeds from the races go to good causes. So you are doing both good for yourself and others!
Here are a few of the races:
15K, 8K, 5K, Shamrock Stride (Walk)
Sunday March 18, 2012
Benefit: Doernbecher Children's Hospital Foundation
Half Marathon, 10K, 5K
Sunday April 1, 2012
Benefit: Albertina Kerr Non-Profit
Sunday April 15, 2012
Benefit: Molly's Fund Fighting Lupus
Cinco de Mayo
5K, 10K Run/Walk
Sunday May 6, 2012
Benefit: The Foundation for Retinal Research (FRR)
Sunday May 20, 2012
These races are a great option for a destination race. With all the race events taking place downtown, it’s convenient for racers coming from out of town to race and still be able to enjoy the main attractions of Portland.