Race Preview: 2016 Heart Breaker Half Marathon

With a limited number of races scheduled during the winter months throughout the region, the Heart Breaker Half Marathon is a welcome challenge. The 2016 race, now in its sixth year, falls on Valentine’s Day, Sunday, February 14. Of course, one can hope that the race proves to have more heart than break!

Heart Breaker Half Marathon race bling.

The Heart Breaker Half features a one-mile challenge on a section of the route called Heart Breaker Hill. (Similarly, the infamous hilly section of the Boston Marathon course is called Heartbreak Hill.) Timed separate from the rest of the event, the top five male and female challengers will be awarded with a prize and of course, bragging rights. The elevation gain on that stretch of the course is approximately 193 feet. The course consists of three loops on rural country roads lined with farms and fields with one of the loops run twice. Aid will be available on the course in multiple locations.

The race benefits the Providence Heart to Start program which promotes running and physical activity to prevent heart disease. Training programs for the 5k and 10k events featured at the Heart Breaker Half are available free of charge, via their website. Walkers are also welcome to participate.

The start and finish for all events is Liberty High School in Hillsboro. February mornings in Oregon are typically chilly so it’s a treat to wait out the start in the comfort of the school commons. Afterwards, enjoy music, seating, refreshments, contests and prizes in the commons too. Participants can expect the half marathon to begin at 8:00 am with the other events following closely behind.

Long-sleeve cotton shirts are guaranteed when registered by January 25, 2016. Registration for the half marathon is $60.00 and will increase to $70.00 on race day with no guarantee of receiving a shirt. Finisher’s medals are sold separately but can be added for $6.00. Packet pickup will be available on Saturday, February 13, at the NE Foot Traffic store location. Race day pickup will be available beginning at 6:30 am on Sunday, February 14.

Race Details

What: 2016 Heart Breaker Hill Half Marathon

When: Sunday, February 14, 2016

Where: Liberty High School, Hillsboro, Oregon   (MAP)

Cost: $60.00 (add $6.00 for a finishers medal)

Registration: online or print and mail registration form. Details HERE

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