Race Preview: Race for the Roses 4/17/16 (Portland, Ore.)

Albertina Kerr's Race for the Roses occurs on Sunday, April 17, 2016.

Albertina Kerr’s Race for the Roses occurs on Sunday, April 17, 2016.

“Good Cause. Great Race.” Race for the Roses is an event a lot of runners and walkers look forward to all year. This year, the event will take place on Sunday, April 17, 2016, and feature a half marathon, 10K and 5K. What is super awesome about Race for the Roses is that it is organized by a team of community volunteers. Combined, these dedicated volunteers put in over 1,000 hours of service. That’s a lot of time! Additionally, every single penny of proceeds from the race benefit the local Portland office of the non-profit Albertina Kerr.

If you aren’t familiar with the wonderful services of Albertina Kerr, here is a brief snapshot of their work – “We’re building an army of angels. A community that stands together. Where we challenge the norm to create a society that has no barriers. Where people who face developmental disabilities and mental health challenges are included and empowered. Where families are supported and children have reason to smile. Where everyday people reach out to the most vulnerable and give back to their community.” 

Race for the Roses HM, 10K, and 5K course map.

Race for the Roses HM, 10K, and 5K course map.

Race for the Roses takes participants on a journey through downtown Portland, and, depending on the distance you choose, you will travel across the Steele Bridge and Broadway Bridge. Every finisher will receive a memorable handmade finisher medal, created by Port City, which is an employment program that provides career and social support for adults with developmental disabilities.

The races begin at 8 a.m. for the half marathon, followed by the 10K start at 8:20 a.m., and the 5K start at 8:35 a.m. Race for the Roses race starts/finishes at the Oregon Convention Center, which means you can stay warm and dry before the race starts! The finish line will feature champagne mimosas (ID required, 21+), finisher medal, a finisher’s rose, food, music, massage, and a commemorative event photo.

Secure your spot in this years’ Race for the Roses! It proves to be a blast!

Date: Sunday, April 17, 2016
Distance: Half Marathon, 10K, 5K
Start Time: 8 a.m. for the HM, 8:20 a.m. for the 10K, 8:35 a.m. for the 5K
Cost: $43 for the 5K, $52 for the 10K, $80 for the HM until 2/29/16.
Register: Click here to register



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