Peace, Love, and the Hippie Half

At 8:00 AM on Saturday, May 7th, 2022, some women will just be rousing from sleep to breakfast in bed presented by the shining faces of their little ones and significant other. It is, after all, Mother’s Day Weekend. Other women– call us the outdoorsy types– will be fueled up, dressed in tech garb, and ready to tackle the mean streets of Hillsboro, Oregon at the 2022 Hippie Half and Quarter Marathon (the latter of which is just .3 miles longer than a 10k).

There’s a change this year in the race, however. This year, the Hippie Chick Half will be called the Hippie Half because it’s no longer a single sex race. Though this event was designed to celebrate women (hence the Mother’s Day Weekend timing,) it’s open to runners and walkers, mothers, fathers, daughters, sons, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, girlfriends, boyfriends, and best friends of all stripes. The race begins at the Ron Tonkin Field and runs through scenic parts of Hillsboro on tree-lined streets with pastoral views (i.e., this is NOT an urban race by any stretch of the imagination. There is a 50% chance of cows).

As everyone has hectic lives and schedules, having lots of packet pickup days is a win. For this race, packet pickup starts the Thursday before the race at Portland Running Company (10029 SW Nimbus Ave., Suite 100, Beaverton, Oregon 97008,) so you’ll have lots of time to get it. This will be a perfect lunchtime errand before the weekend kicks in, plus it’s a chance to shop for some last minute running gear.

If you live in the Beaverton area or are looking for a women’s group run, there is a ten week Hippie Chick Training Club you can register for that meets every Saturday at 9:00AM SHARP starting from Portland Running Company.

Register for that here.

In case you want to see the course itself check it out on the website and that will give you a good idea of the somewhat rural course (and a clue that maybe you should bring a friend or five or– at a minimum– your mP3 player.) Just know that you’re always in store for a good time at a Run With Paula Event!!

  • What: 2022 Hippie Half & Quarter Marathon
  • When: Saturday, May 7th, 2022. All races begin at 8:00AM except Kid’s Run which begins at 7:30.
  • Where: Ron Tonkin Field, 4450 NW 229th Ave, Hillsboro, OR 97124
  • Cost: $89 for Half, $79 for Quarter, $55 for 5k, $15 for Kid’s Half Mile
  • Register: Here
  • Packet Pick-Up: Beginning Thursday, May 5th at Portland Running Company in Beaverton
About Author

I'm the owner of Healthy Girl Fitness and I'm a personal trainer, certified AFAA group exercise instructor, and an RRCA certified running coach in SW Portland. I am also the mother of two young boys and am on the board at my youngest son's school. I led a relatively inactive life throughout my 20's until I discovered the world of fitness and running. I ran my first marathon in 2006 and haven't looked back since.

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