After kicking off the New Year with a run or walk, celebrate at The World Trade Center with food and beverages (including Deschutes Brewery beer), music and post race dancing with a DJ, a fun winter photo op with “snow” and wintery decorations all around, costume contests and prizes, also race shirts guaranteed for those who register before the 15th… So what are you waiting for?!
This year, participants are able to purchase a commemorative medal or charm as a keepsake to remember starting the new year off in a unique way. Choosing if you’d like to purchase one (or not) cuts down on waste if someone does not prefer race “bling”. Medals are an additional $6 to registration and charms are $3.
As mentioned above, the course is a loop on the waterfront, leaving the World Trade center and running along the Willamette River to the Steel Bridge. On your way to the Steel Bridge, be sure to be on the lookout for the bollards on the sidewalk. With the amount of participants and the location of these pesky steel blobs on the ground, they can jump out and bite you! (Or at least bash your shin… so be cautious here.) After crossing the Steel Bridge, you will run back along the river to the Hawthorne Bridge. Be sure to check out the cityscape reflected in the water after you cross the Steel Bridge. Runners and walkers will be stopping to take plenty of selfies and group shots of themselves and running friends, so stick to the left if you want to veer around them! However, if you aren’t out in this part of town in the middle of the night very often, I highly recommend taking a moment to savor it, whether that means stopping your race for a photo or slowing down for a moment to look over to your right.
A couple options are available if you’d like to avoid lines for packet pickup before the race. The first option is on Saturday, December 26th, from 11 am until 2 pm with packet pickup and registration available at the Fremont Foot Traffic store (4020 NE Fremont St., Portland 97212). If that doesn’t work out, there is a packet pickup (along with registration) on Thursday, December 31st, from 11 am until 3 pm at the Downtown Foot Traffic store (333 SW Taylor Ave, Portland 97204). Day of race packet pickup and registration is available from 10 p.m. to 11:45 p.m on Thursday night at the Start/Finish area.
When: December 31st, 2015
10Pm: Pre race celebrations begins
Stroke of midnight: 5K run and walk begins as well at the 10K run
Where: World Trade Center (121 SW Salmon St. Portland)
Website: AA Sports First Run/Walk