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Race Preview and Price Increase Deadline: Country Girl Half Marathon, 10k, 5k (Portland)

Country Girl Half

The second annual Country Girl Half Marathon by Terrapin events will take place on Sunday, September 25th in North Portland. Prices increase at midnight on 8/31, so sign up quickly. This is a women-only event, and you can choose between the half marathon, 10k, and 5k distance. There's also a half mile kids race, which takes place before the half/10k start. The course for all three distances is mostly flat, and there are aid stations approximately every two miles. The race starts and ends on NE 33rd Dr in front of Kliever Memorial Armory.

The 10k and half marathon start together at 8:30am. Runners will first head south on 33rd Dr, curving around the Riverside Golf and Country Club to a turnaround point at 21st Ave, then head back towards the start. Passing the startline will be near the three mile point, and this is where the 5k runners and walkers (who start at 9:30) will turn around and finish their race. Half and 10k participants pass by the start line and turn onto the scenic Marine Drive Path heading east. Assuming clear skies, the view from here will be gorgeous! On the north side of the path lies the mighty Columbia river, and straight to the east will be Mount Hood and possibly also Mount Adams and Mount St Helens.

The 10k turnaround point will be located shortly after crossing Marine Drive, while the half marathon course leads almost all the way to the I-205 bridge. Runners then retrace the same way back to the start/finish line on 33rd Dr. After the race, you can look forward to a finisher’s necklace, beer/cider/wine or root beer, breakfast foods, and music.

Country Girl details:
When: Sunday, September 25
Where: Kliever Memorial Armory (Map)
What: Half marathon, 10k (8:30am start); 5k (9:30am start)
Registration: Online here
Registration cost: Half – $69; 10k – $59; 5k – $39; Kids race – $8
Registration includes: chip timed race, event t-shirt, finisher’s necklace, post-race pancake breakfast and drinks
Packet Pickup: Friday, Sept. 23rd; 11:00am – 7:00pm; Road Runner Sports, 29 NW 23rd Place, Portland. Day of race starting at 7:30am.

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