Race Preview: Helvetia Half and 10k (Hillsboro)

Helvetia Half and 10k

The Helvetia Half Marathon and 10k was my very first half marathon six years ago, and I’m glad my training group picked this race, because the course support is excellent, and while the hills are challenging, they are manageable at the same time, and the beauty of the rolling farmlands will distract you from some of the hard work you’re doing.

This year, the race takes off at the Hillsboro Stadium (home of the Hillsboro Hops) on Sunday, June 13th, at 8am. This is a new start/finish line, and it sounds like it will offer all post race activities in the same spot, rather than up and down the stadium stairs as at the previous venue.

The half marathon course has been slightly modified from past years. The gnarly hill up past the church now starts at mile 5, and you’ll “summit” about a mile and a half later and 250ft higher.  The out-and-back portion after this big hill has been eliminated, so you’ll know it’ll be pretty smooth sailing after you turn back south again. The 10k participants follow the same route as the half marathoners for the first four miles, at which point the half marathon course turns north for its loop covering miles 5-11, while the 10k turns south, rejoining the half course for its last 2.1 miles. The 10k is a mostly rolling/flat course; its biggest hills are the bridges across the freeway.

The course is very well supported: There are nine water stations and eight Honeybucket locations on the half marathon course (three water stations and one bathroom stop on the 10k). In past years there also was fuel offered at some of the aid stations. After the race, participants can enjoy their Helvetia Tavern Burger (meat or veggie) and a pint of Widmer beer. So come early, stay late, and enjoy the countryside just outside our city.

Helvetia Half elevation chart

Helvetia Half and 10k Details:
When: Sunday, June 8; 8am start
Where: Hillsboro Stadium
What: Half Marathon and 10k
Registration: Online here
Registration Cost: $89 (until May 31); $109 (6/1-6/12/15); $119 (DOR)
Registration includes: Chip timed race, tech t-shirt, finisher’s medal, post race burger and beer.

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