This particular set of races put on by Terrapin Events is celebrating quite the milestone this year. Scheduled for Sunday May 7th, the Cinco de Mayo events have a new location, near OMSI. New location means new courses, which are promised to be flatter and faster. I participated in the 10K last year, and it was about as tough as any downtown race, so i’m curious as to how much faster the new layout will be. To make it easier to compare, I am returning to that distance. Registration is still open, but time is running out.
As stated above, the races are on Sunday the 7th. The fun starts with the kids half miler at 7:45 followed by the 5K ten minutes after. The 10K and half marathon start at 8 am. It will be easier to track performances on the flatter and faster course with the all new event app and see the finish afterwards as they offer video footage of every finisher. The event is chip timed and the 10K/ half marathon participants will receive finishers medals.
Post race fun includes food, beer/cider tastings and live music. There will also be live music along the course, and aid stations every two miles. From my experience last year, course support and signage was spectacular. Of course, it was hard to go off course with a police escort to follow, one of my favorite parts about racing in Portland. The tricky part is to watch your footing, as the potholes and various items on/in the road way can cause an injury.
As always, opting for a pre event packet pick up option will reduce the hassle and number of lines on race morning. There are two options, both at Road Runner Sports on 23rd in Portland. On Friday the 5th you can get it from 11 am to 7 pm, and Saturday from 10 to 3. DOE pick up opens at 7 am.
So if you are looking for a good time and possibly a fast time in May. the Cinco de Mayo races might be the place to be. The new location by OMSI is unique and also offers some post race entertainment, and the many perks make this a race worth attending.