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Race Preview: Run Like Hell Half Marathon/10k/5k (Portland)

September is here, leaves are starting to turn pretty colors, and pumpkin flavored drinks are available at coffee shops. Which means it is high time to register for your fall races! A fun fall and Halloween tradition is Terrapin's Run Like Hell race, which offers chip-timed half marathon, 10k, 5k and an untimed half-mile kids run. This year's theme is "Under the Sea", and I'm looking forward to the creative costumes.

Many runners who participated last year’s event were very unhappy when they were held up by a train for a long time. In response, Terrapin redesigned the race courses for all distances, and none of them cross the Amtrak rails! There may be the occasional stop to let cars or Trimet trains through, but those delays should be minor.

The race’s pre- and post-events take place at Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland. I ran Terrapin’s Cinco De Mayo race this spring, and I loved this locale for hosting a race. (You can read my Cinco De Mayo Recap here.)

All three race distances start at Broadway and Taylor St, just one block south of the square, and they all finish at Broadway and Alder St, which is one block north of the square. The 5k and 10k course are mostly flat, whereas the half marathon climbs first Broadway and then Terwilliger Blvd during its first 3.5 miles, followed by 3 miles downhill before joining the 10k course for its second half. There are water stations every 2 miles.

Also new this year is the “Musical Mile” with a different band playing on every block. This will every race distance covers this one mile stretch of the course two times, so look forward to this extra cheering during the second half of your race.

 Run Like Hell details:

When: Sunday, October 26, 2014
Where: Pioneer Courthouse Square, Portland
What: Half Marathon, 10k, 5k, kids race
Start times: 7:45am Half Marathon, 8:20am 10k, 8:30am Kids run, 9:00am 5k

Registration: Online here, or print registration form to mail or to register in store (printed registrations must be received by October 17).

Registration includes: Chip timed race, Greenlayer event shirt, post-race food, two Lagunitas beers (for participants 21 and over), post-race entertainment, costume contest. The VIP package includes the above items plus limited edition zip-up hoodie, covered and heated area, catered breakfast, mimosas, beer, private clothing check and restrooms, commemorative pint glass, commemorative bag.

2014 RUN LIKE HELL REGISTRATION PRICES:

HALF MARATHON RUN/WALK
(LIMITED TO 2000 PARTICIPANTS):
$84 until Tuesday October 14th at 11:59pm
$99 through race day if available

10K RUN/WALK:
$44 until Tuesday Oct. 14th at 11:59pm
$54 until raceday

5K RUN/WALK:
$34 until Tuesday Oct. 14th at 11:59pm
$44 until raceday

KIDS HALF MILER:
$5 until Tuesday Oct. 14th at 11:59pm
$8 until raceday

VIP EXPERIENCE:

HALF MARATHON VIP EXPERIENCE:
$125 until raceday

5K/10K VIP EXPERIENCE:
$100 until raceday

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