One of my very first experiences in Portland was getting lost in the Mt. Tabor neighborhood while trying to find a job interview. And have enjoyed many lost experiences there in the decade since. So of course I am happy to share with our lovely Run Oregon readers about a race that will get you lost in my corner of the city.
Tabor Challenge is a 5K race with varied use of trail, paved, and gravel portions of Mt. Tabor Park. The start and finish is at the information center with the course looping around three reservoirs before you get back to start. This can be a challenging run on a volcano or a beautiful stroll through the park; depending on your speed and gumption.
All proceeds from the event go toward college scholarships for graduates from Grover Cleveland High School. The race began as a way to honor and remember Lieutenant Junior Grade Thomas Cameron who died in a helicopter crash 10 years ago. Thomas was known in his community for academic, athletic, ethical, and leadership strengths. As well said by race leadership: “We hope the Tabor Challenge will inspire students to fulfill their potential and follow their dreams—just like Thomas Cameron.” You can see the glowing faces of past scholarship recipients through the Tabor Challenge website.
Tabor Challenge (Portland)
• When: Saturday April 9, 2022 at 10am
• Where: Mt. Tabor Park (SE 60th Avenue and Salmon Street)
• Register: Online
• Packet Pick-Up: Friday April 8th 4-7pm at LTJG Thomas J. Cameron Memorial Field House (Cleveland High School, 3400 SE 26th Avenue), or Race Day before 9:30am.
• Cost: Gold Registration for $100. Adult for $35. Student for $20.