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Run Portland Run 5k, 10k &1/2 Marathon Challenege this weekend, Sunday 9/6, 7:00am

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Kirb Street   Sep 2nd 2009, 7:23pm


The Run Portland Run 5k, 10k & 1/2 Marathon is this weekend. Below is the race preview written by Kelly Johnson on here running blog wwww.oregonlive.com/running


The BAC Elite men will be bring a 5 man team to compete in the 1/2 Marathon, it would be great to see a lot of BAC jerseys on the road this Sunday morning in downtown Portland!

See you there!

 -- Jonathan Marcus


Preview: 2009 Run Portland Run Half Marathon, 10k and 5k

Posted by Kelly Johnson


This Sunday is the Run Portland Run Half Marathon, 10k and 5k. This is the event's first year, so it is still a growing event (there are currently about 400 participants registered), but they've lined up something unique for the winners: prize money.

When: Sunday, September 6th
Where: Downtown Portland, at SW Stark and Naito
What time: Races start at 7a

Register: Online here for the Half Marathon ($60), the 10k ($35) and the 5k ($30). DOR the price goes up $5 for each race.

Run Portland Run is part of a national race series, Run America Run. They have selected the Oregon Food Bank as their local beneficiary, so a portion of your entry fee will go to support the organization that provides food to a growing number of families in our community. In choosing the cities for their Run America Run series, organizers looked at which cities were the healthiest, the most "green," and the fastest growing. Along with Austin, Tex., Portland was right up there in terms of percentage of the population that runs. So it was a natural fit!

The course is an out-and-back, which wasn't the organizers' first choice ... but they really wanted to host a Run America Run event in Portland this year. Next year the route will be a loop and include more Portland landmarks.

The route starts on Naito between SW Oak and SW Stark. Runners will run over a flat, fast half marathon course before heading up and over the Willamette via the Broadway Bridge. Mile two will put the runners going north on Interstate. The 3 mile mark is on Greeley (near adidas), and yes, it's going up hill. Two miles later, at Mile 5, the course flattens out and stays that way until the turnaround at Portsmouth Ave.

Then it's back to Greeley and Interstate, over the Broadway Bridge, and all the while downhill. The last four to five miles are all a descent, so you'll be able to make up some time from your conservative start.

All participants will get a tech shirt from New Balance, post-race food and beer for those of legal age (with valid ID!), and for the half-marathoners, a finishers medal. Age group prizes will be awarded for each race, as well as certificates of accomplishment.

So if you are looking for a local race for Sunday ... this is the one for you!

The race also needs more volunteers. If you're interested in volunteering, email race organizers. Note: volunteering means you'll also get to watch a great race!





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