We are fortunate in Portland to have so many races to choose from, but it can feel a bit overwhelming. If you are looking for a really fun race as Fall comes into full swing, The 2018 Country Girl Half Marathon/10k/5k Run/Walk would be a solid choice. I did the Country Girl Half myself a couple of years ago and it was a very enjoyable event. It’s a great one to do with a group of girlfriends, as it’s an all women’s event and the after party is pretty great too.
This is the 4th annual year of this race, and it’s a very organized event. In addition to stellar race support and a well marked course, you’ll get a commemorative Country Girl t-shirt, a finisher’s medal, and a great post-race celebration with live country music and a beer and wine garden. Don’t forget your ID! There will also be awards, prizes, and giveaways, so be sure to stick around for awhile.
The race, which is part of the Oregon Half & Hull Marathon Series, starts and ends at Kliever Memorial Armory and you’ll run along the Columbia River with views of the Cascade mountains. You’ll find aid stations stocked with water, energy drink, and energy food and toilets about every 2 miles. Even better, all of the courses are flat and fast, so this would be a good chance to try for that PR and get to the beer garden faster!
There is also a kid’s race which starts and finishes at the same location as the other races. This race is a ½ mile long out and back course and parents are welcome to run with their kids for this one at no additional cost. It’s only $8 and a t-shirt is not included.
T-shirts are only guaranteed if you register before Friday August 31st at 11:59PM, so register now to avoid the hassle!!
When: September 22nd, 2018. Kid’s Half Miler is at 8:10AM, Half/10k is at 8:30AM, and 5k is at 9:30AM
Where: Kliever Memorial Armory, (10000 NE 33rd Dr, Portland)
Registration Cost: Half Marathon is $84, 10k is $59, and 5k is $44. Youth (Age 18 & Under) is $59 for Half Marathon, $25 for 10k and 5k, and $8 for kid’s race (no shirt included.)
Packet Pick-Up: Sept 21st from 11:00AM to 7:00PM at Road Runners Sports (29 NW 23rd Place, Portland.) You can also pick up your packet starting at 7:30AM on Race Day.