Run Like Hell has been one of my favorite races every fall. The course shifted last fall from downtown Portland to Troutdale, with a finisher’s celebration at McMenamins Edgefield. For me it was never about the course. It was about the costumes. Hundreds of participants would fill the out-and-back courses in outfits as simple as a little glitter to as elaborate as a sharknado. Always scheduled close to Halloween, adults could have fun just the like the little trick or treaters.
The 2020 Run Like Hell (like all things 2020) is going to be different. Rather than running together, walkers and runners will be striking out on their own to complete a marathon, half marathon, 10K, or 5K during Halloween weekend (10/30-11/1). Virtual race participants will select their own courses anywhere and upload finish times afterward. Nearly Live participants will also be selecting their own time, date, and pace, but they will have course options provided through RaceJoy app.
Runners and walkers listen to the app during the race, which provides guidance on course turns, nearby public bathroom and water locations, and connects to social media so friends can cheer you on. And participants are encouraged to still bring on the costumes for their race day. The theme this year is “Old School Horror.” Monster, politician, germ, or whatever makes you go “EEK!” in the night. Bust out the costume, rock those miles, and then enjoy whatever treats you want.
- When: October 30 to November 1
- Where: Nearly Live option begins at Salmon Street Springs (1020 SW Naito Parkway)
- Register: Online
- Packet Pick-Up: Shirts and Medals mailed after the race.
- Cost: Nearly Live: Marathon: $45 | Half Marathon: $45 | 10K: $35 | 5K: $35. Virtual Race: Marathon: $35 | Half Marathon: $35 | 10K: $35 | 5K: $35