Race Preview: 2017 Race for the Roses (Portland)

The Race for the Roses has a long standing tradition in Portland’s spring racing season. The 2017 event takes place on Sunday, April 2nd with an 8am start at the Convention Center, where the indoor start/finish area is a lovely venue during potentially soggy weather. While race organization this year managed by HTC Race Series, all the traditions, including the beneficiary Albertina Kerr, are staying the same.

Participants have the choice between 5k, 10k, and Half marathon. The course is mostly flat and fast. The start/finish for all races is southbound on NE 1st Ave, just to the west of the Convention Center, and loops around to head north on Interstate Ave. The 5k and 10k cross the Broadway Bridge right away, while the half marathon adds an out-and-back to the turnaround at Overlook Park first. Weaving through the Pearl and NW Industrial District to their respective turnaround points, the 5k and 10k courses avoid all Amtrak rail crossings. The half marathon once again heads out farther to its own turnaround.

At the finish, you will be greeted with a handmade finisher’s medal. The after-party will be inside the Convention Center, where you can find awards, food, music, mimosas, and massages.

Good Cause
100% of race proceeds benefits local Portland non-profit Albertina Kerr. Albertina Kerr strengthens Oregon families and communities by helping children and adults with developmental disabilities and mental health challenges, empowering them to live richer lives.

Race for the Roses Details:
When: Sunday, April 2; 8am
Where: Convention Center, Portland (map)
What: 5k, 10k, half marathon
Registration: Online here
Registration cost: 5k – $45; 10k – $55; Half – $80. For shirt, add $10.
Registration includes: Chip timed race, finisher’s medal, post-race mimosas and food, indoors staging area

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