Celebrate the Fourth of July with Foot Traffic Flat Marathon, Half Marathon, 8K and 5K Runs

The Foot Traffic Flat Marathon, Half Marathon, 8K and 5K is a holiday tradition for some. More than 2,000 runners cross the Columbia River on July 4th to ring in Independence Day with a run around Sauvie Island. Noted as one of the flattest marathons, the marathon does a double loop clockwise around the island down Gilliham Riad and up North Sauvie Island Road. It is chip timed and a Boston Qualifying event. There will be 7 aid stations for the half marathon and 13 aid stations for the full, with water and Nuun.

This 12,000+ acre island is a local favorite for outdoor enthusiasts with beaches, hiking spots, wildlife areas and farms, even better that it’s minutes away from downtown Portland. It’s easy to see why it’s a favorite sport for hiking, cycling, fishing, birdwatching and the annual Foot Traffic Flat Marathon and Half Marathon. Smooth and flat pavement around the island, runners are almost guaranteed a fast time with non-stop views. Cows grazing, farms with rows of produce and a plethora of birds. On a clear day, you can see Mount Hood and Mount St. Helens.

This event will fill up, registration usually closes in June, so make sure to register soon. New this year, are the 8K and 5K, which take advantage of the Pumpkin Patch with some off-road running, cross-country style. Grassy mounds, packed dirt and a variety of crops will be along the 8K and 5K, including blueberries, peach trees, strawberries and young pumpkins. It will most likely be a little dusty, but pure country fun.

All finishers will receive a medal and there will be awards for the first overall male and female finishers, plus LOTS of door prizes for all participants. So plan on hanging out to listen for your number. Island-fresh strawberry shortcake, icing pools and hot dogs (veggie dogs too) are at the finish line, compliments of the Pumpkin Patch Patio Cafe. Pack some extra cash and get some local produce at the Pumpkin Patch Market.  They also have a petting zoo for the kids, tractor rides, an espresso stand and gift shop. If you want to make a day of it, check out all there is to do on Sauvie Island online.

With a flat and fast course and strawberry shortcake at the finish line, it’s easy to see why runners flock to Sauvie Island on the Fourth of July. Even better, they have raised over $450,000 for the fire department and local charities, schools and non-profits. For anyone looking to PR or qualify for Boston, the Foot Traffic Flat is an ideal spot. For everyone else, the location is beautiful and the weather usually cooperates. Everyone should try one of the distances at least once to see what all the hype is about. The Foot Traffic Flat Marathon, Half Marathon, 8K and 5K is a good old-fashioned way to celebrate our independence, plus it’s early enough you still have the rest of the day to continue the celebration.

Starting Time

  • 6:30 AM – full marathon
  • 6:50 AM – half marathon
  • 7:15 AM – 5K, 8K


    • $77 for the half marathon
    • $92 for the full marathon
    • $46 for the 8K
    • $39 for the 5K
    • Shuttle Ticket $7.50
    • Kids Farm 1K (with a mini-medal) $15


      1. Friday, June 30th at Foot Traffic Downtown (333 SW Taylor St.) from 12-6 pm
      2. Saturday, July 1st at Foot Traffic West (13306 NW Cornell Rd.) from 10-4 pm
      3. Sunday, July 2nd at Foot Traffic Southeast (7718 SE 13th Ave.) from 11-5 pm
      4. Monday, July 3rd at Foot Traffic  Northeast (4020 NE Fremont St) from 10-3 pm

*Packets will be available race morning, but you are STRONGLY encouraged to pick it up the day before. There can be long lines and it can take a bit of time parking and getting ready for the race.

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