Portlanders take to the streets

Written byTina-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:

Adidas Shamrock Run

15K, 8K, 5K, Shamrock Stride (Walk)

Sunday March 18, 2012 

Benefit: Doernbecher Children's Hospital Foundation


Race for the Roses

Half Marathon, 10K, 5K

Sunday April 1, 2012

Benefit: Albertina Kerr Non-Profit


Bridge to Brews

8K,10K Run/Walk

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)


Rock N’ Roll ½ Marathon

Sunday May 20, 2012

Benefit: Multiple 


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.

Still need some motivation? Check out the running groups at Foot Traffic or the "Team in Training" group. 

Happy Running!