Along with Forest Park and the many waterfront trails, Portland has an almost embarrassing assortment of choice running terrain, and no list of those would be complete without mention of the trails looping around the east side’s urban trail jewel, Mt. Tabor. Check it off your Portland running bucket list with the Mt. Tabor Park Tar n Trail 5 and 10k next weekend.
When I was a brand new Portlander, one of my first experiences running in the city was through Tabor, and some ten years later, my legs still get a little shaky thinking about running those stair splits on either end of the park. A hill training gold mine, expect the Tar n Trail to not only get you muddy from the trail bits, also count on plenty of incline to keep things interesting. Both 5 and 10 k courses will utilize trail and paved portions of the park, and markers and volunteers will help participants follow the existing color-coded loops through the race.
All the proceeds from this race go to benefit the Friends of Mt. Tabor Park, a non-profit dedicated to keeping Mt. Tabor a place Portland loves to run, and hopefully will for years to come.
Where: Mt. Tabor City Park, East entrance near 69th and Yamhill
When: Sunday October 16th at 9:00 AM
How Much: $15- 5k; $25 – 10k
Be Cool – Race officials recommend carpooling since parking is limited and being mindful and respectful of the neighborhood as you do park.