Race Preview: 2016 Tabor Challenge 5k (Portland)

Portland has a ton of great running areas, but I feel that one "must-run" location is Mt. Tabor. Mt. Tabor is that large "hill" between I5 and I205 that boasts a log of great trails, elevation challenges, and near incomparible views. The Tabor Challenge is returning to its namesake location for it's second year on April 9.

The Tabor Challenge was created to honor the memory of a student at Grover Cleveland High School, Thomas Cameron. Thomas was a beloved figure in the local area, and there was a lot of sadness when his helicopter went down during a Coast Guard training mission. The proceeds of the run go to funding scholorships for youth at Cleveland High who best possess the virtues that Thomas found important – education, athletics, and commodoire. The race is put on by four friends who grew up with Thomas. They were all raised in SE Portland and would do just about anything for their community.

2016 shirt design

Dogs are allowed, and this year there will be a special route for strollers (a huge plus for a dad like me). The course is still TBD, but it will be a 5k and (obviously) hilly.

Beer from Uptown Market and pizza from Pizza Roma will be providing delicious post-race refueling. Additionally, there will be we will be an after-party that evening at Migration Brewing.  Follow the event on Facebook.

Tabor Challenge (Portland)
When: April 9, 2016 at 10am
Where: Mt. Tabor (SE Salmon Way)
Register: Online here; $35 (or students for $20); You can also purchase koozies and bandanas for $5.

About Matt Rasmussen (1586 Articles)
Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching the Olympics, sampling craft beers, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.
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