One of the first half marathons I ever remember doing was the Helvetia Half Marathon and it was over a decade ago and a great introduction to a Portland race. It was a tough course but scenic and memorable, with a great afterparty and a tasty Helvetia burger waiting at the finish line. This year, the Helvetia Half Marathon/15k/10k Run/Walk is on June 9th and since it’s been voted the “Best Half Marathon in the Northwest,” others must have a great time doing it too.
The rural views of the countryside in Washington County will not disappoint, despite the hills that accompany them. This event, which also includes a 25 Mile Bike Race in addition to the running races, will begin and end at Ron Tonkin Field in Hillsboro and travel thru cow country in Northwest Oregon as well as take runners through the Helvetia area and past the historic Helvetia Tavern. Check out the course profile here for the Half Marathon/15k/10k and the 25 mile Bike Race map here. There will be water and electrolytes at the aid stations.
Upon completion of the race, you’ll have a giant screen and a cheering crowd at the stadium to lead you in! As mentioned already, you’ll be rewarded after the race with a famous Helvetia Tavern Burger (meat or veggie option.) You’ll also get a free beer or wine (courtesy of Naked Winery) as well as a Nike Dri-FIT t-shirt, a finisher’s medal, and live music by The Junebugs. In addition to the sponsor giveaways and awards to top finishers, there will be a “Best Farm Animal” costume contest, so don’t forget to dress up for that!
If you wish to register on race day, please keep in mind that costs will go up and t-shirts can not be guaranteed. Gear check and packet pick up will start at 6:30AM on race day and it’s suggested that you get to the race by this time due to traffic and parking population being at a high.
Come get your Helvetia burger and register today!!
When: Saturday, June 9th, 2018. Kid’s Run begins at 7:30AM, followed by 25 Mile Bike Race at 7:45AM. Half Marathon, 15k, and 10k will begin at 8:00AM
Where: Ron Tonkin Field (4450 NW 229th Ave, Hillsboro, OR.) Parking will be available for free at the stadium lot and Intel, but it will be limited, so please carpool when you can and plan to arrive early.
Registration Cost: Until May 27th, cost is $75 for the 10k, $85 for the 15k, $95 for Half Marathon, and $80 for 25 Mile Bike Race. May 30th to June 8th, cost goes up to $90 for 15k and $110 for Half Marathon. Day of Race, cost increases $10 for each race except the Bike Race, which increases $5.
Packet Pick-Up: June 7th from 11:00AM-7:00PM at Dick’s Sporting Goods Washington Square location (9402 SW Washington Square Rd, Tigard, OR 97223) and June 8th from 10:00AM-5:00PM at Dick’s Sporting Goods Hillsboro location (7280 NE Butler St, Hillsboro, OR 97124.) You can also pick up your packet on race day at the start at 6:30AM