In response to the high volume of running and walking events that make use of the downtown core, the City has issued a set of pre-approved race courses for half marathon, 10k and 5k distances. Races that apply to use any roads in the downtown core - from SW Harrison to NW Quimby and from Naito Parkway to the I-405 - will be limited to one of three courses approved for each distance.
"By limiting the course options, the City expects to streamline the permit approval process, the organization of road closures and police staffing, and provide runners and walkers in our community with familiar courses," says City spokesperson Schnely Laufen. "This will allow race organizers to focus their resources on the really important things in racing: a great post-race party and a huge finisher's medal."
The courses that are approved are those of some of the most popular, largest races in town and will be the current courses of the following:
Run Like Hell Half Marathon
Rock ‘n’ Roll Portland Half Marathon
Portland Marathon Half Marathon
8k to 15k:
Fanconi Anemia 5k
Cinco de Mayo 10k
Shamrock Run 15k
Starlight Run 5k
Komen Race for the Cure 5k
Jingle Bell 5k
Some of the other features of this new, streamlined program, include management of train schedules to minimize race interruption (although it is not guaranteed), designated parking areas for races, and templated start/finish footprints so vendors such as port-a-potty suppliers are able to quickly set up and tear town.
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