Summer is the best time for finding races on non-weekend days. I always love being able to get an event in on a Thursday or Friday, in addition (or instead of) a weekend race. The Paint the Town TedX Portland 6k, is one such an event, and is coming to OMSI on Thursday, June 23rd.
This event is in it’s second year and is hosted by TEDx Portland. What is TEDx, you may ask. Well, you have probably heard of “TED talks”, which are generally short and powerful talks about Technology, Entertainment and Design. TEDx are local community oranizations who create TED-style events and give them a local flair. What better way to combine local Portland discussions, with something that Portland is known for – running and racing.
The course is very familiar to most. The 6k course begins at OMSI and then completes the loop in a counter-clockwise fashion. The race course is untimed and not closed to traffic. Runners are encouraged to wear red and there will be prizes for best dressed.
There are some solid sponsors of the event, including Oregon staples Nike, Rogue Ales, and Stumptown Coffee, as well as KIND Bar and Red Bull. Each registration comes with a red Nike Dri-Fit logo tee. Stick around for free drink vouchers from Rogue, as well as free food options. There will also be music and raffle prizes totalling over $2k.
The event will close up shop aroud 10pm, so expect a great mid-week evening of running and fun. Follow the event and TEDx Portland on Facebook.