Race Preview: 2018 Holiday Half Marathon, 10k & 5k (Portland)

The Holiday Half race event has been a favorite December race of mine for a long time. Over the years, I have run the half marathon once and the 5k several other times. At last year’s event I was very excited when Foot Traffic announced that a 10k would be added to the 2018 event as well. In addition to a new distance, the race is also getting a new start/finish area, which in turn means some new course maps. All distances are in the process of being USATF certified. Register now! The deadline for guaranteed shirt sizes is on November 16 at 1pm.

This year, the races will no longer start and end at the Adidas campus on N Greeley Ave, but instead the start line is moving a mile to the south to the Daimler Campus on N Channel Ave. Daimler has been supportive of the race in the past by opening its parking lots for race parking, and the move of the start/finish will render the shuttle buses unnecessary.

Event Shirt

The half marathon and 10k will start first in three waves beginning at 8am. The course is mostly the same as before, but to get to Greeley Ave and Willamette Blvd runners will have to first conquer a 160ft elevation gain during the first mile. The rest of the course is beautiful and mostly flat through the Overlook and University Park neighborhoods, past University of Portland (where the 10k turns around), and past the St John’s Bridge to the half marathon turnaround at Pier Park. Along the course will be aid stations every two miles (including a cookie station!) and carolers to cheer you along. The final mile will be fast and downhill to help you with a strong finish.

The 5k starts at 8:15am after the half/10k is well underway. The 5k course is flat, running its first half westward on Channel Ave to the turnaround point, with the return portion taking runners on a path along the Willamette River offering views of the Fremont Bridge and downtown Portland.

Finisher’s Medal

After the race, there will be beer by Deschutes, soup from SPIN CATERING, coffee from Don Fransisco’s, a coffee cart and food cart, and lots of snacks and samples from a variety of sponsors and vendors. There is no formal award ceremony, but you can check your result and claim any awards at the timing tent. Door prize drawings will take place all morning long, and there will be several waves of costume contests as well.

(times are subject to change per permitting and course arrangements)

8:00am: WAVE/CORRAL ONE (9 min pace and under)
8:02am: WAVE/CORRAL TWO (9-11min pace)
8:04am: WAVE/CORRAL THREE (11 min pace over)

8:15am: WAVE/CORRAL ONE (12 min pace under)
8:16am: WAVE/CORRAL TWO (12 min pace over)

*Tentative/subject to change with advanced notice prior to race. Please check back in before race day and look for pre race emails.


Holiday Half details:
When: Sunday, Dec 9th, 2018
Where: Daimler USA on Swan Island (map)
What: Half marathon, 10k, 5k
Registration: online here
Registration cost: Half – $82; 10k – $58; 5k -$44
Registration includes: chip timed race, long sleeve event shirt (sizes not guaranteed after Nov 16), finisher medal, post-race drinks and soup.
Packet Pickup: Sunday, Dec 2nd – Foot Traffic West, 13306 NW Cornell Rd., 11am-4pm
Thursday, Dec 6th – Foot Traffic Vancouver, 305 SE Chkalov Dr., 11am-6:30pm
Friday, Dec. 7th – Foot Traffic Southeast, 7718 SE 13th Ave, 11am-6:30pm
Saturday, Dec.8th – Foot Traffic Northeast, 4020 NE Fremont St., 10am-3pm

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