Race preview: Portland Parks 5K Series (Race #1 Fernhill Park)

The Portland Parks 5K Series begins in April and “runs” through October

The 8th Annual Portland Parks 5K Series kicks off on April 28th at Fernhill Park in NE Portland with the first of seven events at parks throughout the city.

“Portland Parks & Recreation’s 8th Annual 5K Fun Run Series are family-friendly 5K races that take place monthly from April through October at parks throughout the Portland area. We celebrate participation of all ages, along with athleticism and friendly competition. We welcome new walkers and runners, as well as our seasoned racers. On race day participants have the opportunity to time themselves using our sports clock and every finisher gets a ribbon!”

The nice thing about the series is the consistency: Each event features the same format and schedule, with a “Sprinters” 5K for competitive runners at 8:45am, followed by a Kids’ Fun Run (1k/2k) at 9:20am, and the “All Runners” 5K at 9:40. Post-race activities include music, vendors, and entertainment and fun diversions for kids.

“We also have raffle prizes, music, face paint, crafts, vendors, and lots of bananas. SO, SO many bananas. Pets are welcome to observe, but for safety reasons, cannot participate in the races.”

The 5K Series is fun for the whole family.

The Portland Parks 5K Series continues into the fall with races at a different park on a Sunday each month through October. These events are one of the best deals around, at $10 for adults and free for participants 17 and younger.

What: Portland Parks 5K Series Race #1, Fernhill Park

When: Sunday, April 28th

Where: Fernhill Park, NE 42nd Ave. and Holman St.

What time: The first race begins at 8:45am

Registration: Register for Fernhill or any of the 5K Series races HERE. You can also register by phone at 503-823-2525, or in person at any Portland Parks & Recreation Community Center.

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