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Race Preview: 2015 First Run by AA Sports

What better way to ring in the New Year than with some pre race festivities and then a run (or walk) starting at the stroke of midnight? Join me on Wednesday, December 31st for the First Run 2015 at the World Trade Center (121 SW Salmon St.) for the fun and festivities starting at 10:00pm.   Participants can stay warm with music, dancing and exploring the expo while getting ready for the midnight start for the 10K run and 5K walk/run.

 The course will take participants along the waterfront (on both the West and East Esplanades) and across the Steel and Hawthorne Bridges with promising oppertunities for spectacular nighttime views of the lights of Portland reflected in the water.  The 10K course is a double-loop of the 5K course.

Food & beverages, including Deschutes Brewery beer, music & dancing with a DJ, a winter photo op with “snow” and costumes, contests and prizes…. so put on your creative thinking cap and think up a fun costume to ring in the New Year.


Race Website:  AA Sports First Run

When:  Wed. Dec. 31st, 2014 with the celebration starting at 10pm and races starting at the stroke of midnight.

Where:  World Trade Center (121 SW Salmon St.)

Packet Pickup:

  • Saturday, December 27th, 10 am – 2 pm (Packet Pickup and Registration)  at the Fremont Foot Traffic store, 4020 NE Fremont St., Portland 97212.
  • Wednesday, December 31st, 11 am – 4 pm (Packet Pickup and Registration) at the Downtown Foot Traffic store, 333 SW Taylor Ave, Portland 97204.
  • On-Site Day of Race Packet Pickup & Registration from 10 p.m. to 11:45 p.m at the Start/Finish area at the World Trade Center.

Registration:  Mail-in Registrations (click HERE for form) must be post-marked by December 17. (Make check payable to First Run, and mail to:

AA Sports, Ltd./First Run

4836 SW Western Ave.

Beaverton, OR 97005

Click Here for online registration.  Both the 5K and 10K are $40 and $50 at packet pickup or day of the event.

I hope to see you there!


About Robin York (146 Articles)
Robin grew up as a couch potato and did everything she could to get out of exercise, until one day a good friend would not stop talking about this fun 5k race she was doing. Finally Robin got off the couch and trained for this "fun" race using C25K (couch to 5k program). After crossing that first finish line, she kept going and became a "runner". After losing 80 lbs, gaining health, a love of being active and setting a healthy example for her husband and kids, she thinks she'll stick with this whole "running thing".

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