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Race Preview: 2018 Rip City Race for the Roses 5k/10k/Half Marathon (Portland)

The Race for the Roses has been a spring running tradition in Portland for many years. The race has gone through some re-branding, thanks to a partnership with the Portland Trailblazers it is now called the Rip City Race for the Roses, it moved from the first weekend in April to the last weekend (Sunday, April 29), and it has a new start line at the Rose Quarter (Moda Center). However, the most important part is still the same:  100% of race proceeds benefit Albertina Kerr. “Albertina Kerr empowers people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental health challenges and other social barriers to lead self-determined lives and reach their full potential.”

The race starts and ends near the Moda Center, with all pre- and post-race activities taking place on the Rose Quarter Commons. The first race to start is the half marathon at 7:30am. The half marathon course runs its first three miles on the east side of the Willamette, then crosses on the Broadway Bridge, and the out-and-back part of the remaining part of the course takes runners through Portland’s Northwest areas and along Front Street to the turnaround point near the 8-mile marker. The half marathon has a time limit of 3hrs30, which is equivalent to a 13:30min/mile pace.

The 10k starts at 7:50am, followed by the 5k at 8:15. The 10k and 5k courses take their participants across the Broadway Bridge right away, and then they follow the same zigzag course through the Pearl and NW Portland to their turnaround points at mile 1.55 and 3.1, respectively. Finally, at 9am there will be a 1k run and walk that is appropriate for kids and families as well. Keep in mind that children under 7 years old have to be accompanied by a chaperone on the course. After the race, there will be food, drink, and music, as well as awards and prizes.

Rip City Race for the Roses details:
When: Sunday, April 29
Where: Rose Quarter
What: Half marathon, 10k, 5k, 1k
Registration: Online here
Registration cost: Half – $90; 10k – $80; 5k – $70; 1k – $15 (Price increases on April 1)
Registration includes: Chip timed race, event shirt, finisher’s medal, food and drink.

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