If you’ve never heard of Freddi the Yeti, you’ve probably never done the Holiday Half in Portland. He’s a celebrity here in the running community, as he helps provide some motivation to run in the winter months. There aren’t really a ton of race options in Portland in December, but we are really fortunate that Foot Traffic brings us the BIGGEST holiday race in the region is coming up on December 8th with the 2019 Daimler Holiday Half/10 Miler/10k/5k.
The 10 Miler is a new distance that’s been added to the mix this year, which gives you even more options than before. There’s even a Kids Dash! All of the races will start and finish at the LEED platinum-certified Daimer Trucks North America campus on Swan Island. The 5k is a flat course along the Willamette waterfront, and the other distances will start with a challenging hill along North Portland on an out and back course. Check out the St. John’s Bridge, the University of Portland, and the beauty of downtown North Portland. Freddi the Yeti will be waiting at the finish to greet you, as well as beer from Deschutes Brewery, hot protein soup from Spin Catering, hot chocolate, coffee from Don Francisco’s, and some other delicious treats waiting to congratulate you.
Parking will be in the lots surrounding Daimler’s campus and the races begin at 8:00AM (except the Kids Dash which happens at 7:50AM.) Plan on parking at least 45 minutes before the race so you don’t have to rush.
Some perks of this race.. Where do I start? Carolers will be located all along the course as well as a DJ at the celebratory end. Even better, there will be Santa’s Gingerbread Cookie Station with a whole platter of cookies for you. Who else does that?? Bag check will also be available, and it’s always nice to have that warm jacket waiting for you at the end. Also included in your registration fee (of which a portion will go to some local non-profits through Foot Traffic’s RUNdraising) is some awesome swag! There are finisher’s medals for Half, 10k, and 5k participants and a long sleeve tech shirt available in both men and women’s sizing and featuring Freddi as usual. (Side note: They are super cute this year!) The finish will have heated tents and vendors with freebies, not to mention the food and beer already mentioned above. Post race music with the DJ will occur inside the gym and there will be random door prizes throughout the morning. There’s also a costume contest, so dress up in your best holiday gear.
It’s important to note that there will be no refunds and no deferrals for this race. However, transfers are allowed. Participants should be aware that the weather will be cold and likely wet, though if you live around here, you probably know that the show must go on, and we still know how to party in the rain.
I’ll be there doing the half this year and you all should too!!
When: December 8th, 2019. 1st wave of Half/10 Miler/19k start at 8:00AM. 1st wave of 5k begins at 8:15AM. Kids Dash will be at 7:50AM.
Where: Daimler Trucks North Amercia Headquarters (4747 North Channel Ave, Portland OR 97217)
Cost: Half and 10 Miler are $88. 10k is $64 and 5k is $49.
Packet Pick-Up: Sun Dec 1st at Foot Traffic West (13306 NW Cornell Rd) from 11:00AM to 4:00PM, Thurs Dec 5th at Foot Traffic Vancouver (305 SE Chkalov Dr) from 11:00AM to 6:30PM, Fri Dec 6th at Foot Traffic Downtown (333 SW Taylor) from 11:00AM to 6:30PM, Sat Dec 7th at Foot Traffic Northeast (4020 NE Fremont St) from 10:00AM to 4:00PM. You can also pick up day of race, but it’s strongly recommended you do it before then.