I can’t decide what I love more about the Portland Parks and Recreation’s 5K Series, the cost (just $5 per race) or their theme: “Race for the Fun of it!” This yearly event series is for runners of all ages and abilities. There are two different start times for the 5K, to ensure those focused on speed will have a lot of space, while others who are out for leisurely run or walk won’t be pressured. And the Kids Fun Run 1K lets those littler legs get moving too. The series is a great way to keep moving throughout the spring, summer, and fall; and to explore parks throughout Portland that you might not know about.
Every finisher receives a ribbon. Plus participants can enjoy crafts, face painting, raffles, vendors, and apparently a whole lotta bananas. Just imagine your Sunday morning starting with a 5K, then spending some time in a lovely park with your ribbon, your banana, and your sweaty pride. And I’m sure you can find a shop nearby for coffee. And at just $5 per race, your coffee might cost more than your race.
Portland Parks 5K Series
When: One Sunday each month through October (4/22, 5/20, 6/10, 7/15, 8/12, 9/16, 10/14)
8:45am – Kids Fun Run 1K. 9:00am – Sprinters 5K. 9:30am – All Runners 5K.
Where: Each 5K is at a different park around the city
Register: Online, via phone (503-823-2525), or in person at any Portland Parks and Recreation Community Center
Packet Pick-Up: Day of race
Cost: $5 for 18 and older. 17 and younger run for free. Race shirts are available for $15