If you live in Portland and you like running on trails, the chances that you’ve run in Forest Park are almost guaranteed. As I do more and more trail running myself, I am constantly amazed at the beauty that exists so close to home. The 2019 Stumptown Trail Runs 50k & Half Marathon (formerly called the Trail Factor 50k & Half Marathon,) are coming up on Memorial Day weekend, and this race has grown in popularity so much so that you need to get on the waiting list by May 19th to get the opportunity to run it. Why is it worth the wait?
Well, one reason was already mentioned above .. Forest Park. The trails are stunning and also well-traveled and cared for. If you’re a local, it’s not a race you have to travel too far for, as it’s the only 50k in Portland. It’s also not as extremely daunting as many trail runs are, though it’s also sufficiently and respectfully challenging.
Another reason to put your name on the waiting list? It’s a Go Beyond race. Last year, I was fortunate enough to run the Elk-Kings Trail Races and not only was it beautiful and the most well-organized 50k I did last year, the volunteers were true rockstars every single step of the way.
The Stumptown Trail 50k on May 27th will include Wildwood Trail as well as some other less traveled areas with approximately 4000 ft of elevation gain. This is a cupless race, so you will need to bring your own drinking vessels. There will be no drop bag options, but there will be 4 aid stations along the course. Water, electrolyte drink, GU, PB&J, bananas, M&M’s gummy bears, and other stuff will be available, though the 3rd aid station will just have water. There will be a cutoff time of 1:30PM at mile 20.2 (the 4th aid station.) You can view the 50k details and course here.
The half marathon, which is on May 25th, will have about 2000 ft of elevation gain along the route and it will be scenic as well. There are 3 aid stations on this course with water, GU, and electrolyte drink. As with the 50k, the half marathon will be cupless, so plan accordingly. You can view the Half Marathon details here.
The race will begin off Thurman Street, a quarter mile up Leif Erikson. Street parking will be limited, and runners are encouraged to carpool. The Carpool Coaster program is a great option that rewards you for catching a ride with some friends. There will be no parking available for spectators at any of the aid stations.
All participants will get to celebrate their victory after the race with post-race food and drinks waiting at the finish.
Funds from the race will benefit the Forest Park Conservancy as it has in previous years.
Sign up for the waiting list or think about this one next year. I missed my chance last year, so I registered for this one about 5 minutes after registration opened for this Memorial Day weekend. I’m pretty sure I won’t regret it.
When: Half Marathon is May 25th at 8:00AM. 50k is May 27th at 8:00AM
Where: Forest Park, Portland. Parking will be on neighborhood streets and carpooling is strongly encouraged.
Cost: 50k is $110, Half Marathon is $80
Register: Sold out but wait list available. Registration closes on May 19th.
Packet Pick-Up: 6:15AM-7:30AM day of race