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Course Preview: 2015 Rock ‘n’ Roll Portland Half Marathon and 10k

The Portland Rock'n'Roll Half Marathon is now in it's 4th year (the 10k in its 2nd), and it is getting a course overhaul this year. Most half marathons in Portland stay on the west side of the Willamette, and Rock'n'Roll has been one of the few exceptions. That fact will not change this year.

2015 Rock’n’roll Portland Course Map

The half marathon course starts on Naito Pkwy and Jefferson St (just north of the Morrison bridge). Runners head north on Naito and make a loop through the neighborhood before crossing the Broadway Bridge. Just after the 3-mile mark is the most significant hill of the race (on Interstate and Mississippi Ave near Widmer Brother’s Brewing), which is steep but short. From N Mississippi, runners turn east onto N Beech and then NE Fremont St, then south on NE 17th Ave. After about two miles heading mostly south through beautiful neighborhoods, the course turns left (east) onto SE Pine St towards Laurelhurst Park. The remaining four miles are the beginning of last year’s course in reverse: South on 37th Ave, west on Hawthorne Blvd (long, slow downhill!!), a little loop down to Division St, and north again to then cross the Hawthorne Bridge and finish on Naito Pkwy near Yamhill St.

The 10k starts at the half’s finish line at Naito & Yamhill, crosses the Hawthorne Bridge towards the east, loops off the off-ramp and heads north on SE 3rd Ave. At the 2-mile mark, runners turn south again for a few blocks to cross the Morrison Bridge to the west. Runners then head north on Naito Pkwy for a mile to the turnaround point at NW 9th Ave. At mile 5, crossing the Steel Bridge (possibly on the street level) looping around to cross back again (possibly on the pedestrian level below), runners then finish their race on the Waterfront Park Trail just south of the Burnside Bridge.

A printable version of the course is available here.

If you would like to know what to expect from the race, read my previous blog post.

Rock’n’Roll Portland Half Marathon and 10k Details:
When: Sunday, May 17th, 2015; 8:15am start (8:30am 10k start)
Where: Waterfront Park, Portland, OR
What: Half Marathon and 10k
Registration: Online here
Registration cost: Half – $95 until 5/10; $150 at expo if not sold out.
10k – $55 until 5/10; $75 at expo if not sold out.
Registration includes: Official Race T-shirt, Gear Bag, Refreshments at the Start, along the Course, and at the Finish, Finishers Medal, Finisher’s Certificate, Live Bands Every Mile, and admission to the Post-Race Headliner Concert.
Packet pickup: At race expo at the Oregon Convention Center, Hall D-E; Friday, 12-6pm, Saturday 9am – 5pm


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