Date/time: Sunday, May 4, 2014. 7:45 am half marathon, 8:20 am 10k; 9:00 am 5k
Registration/price: 5k $29-44; 10k $34-54; Half Marathon sliding scale (suggested $40-99). Upgrade to VIP for any race distance for an additional charge.
Location: Pioneer Courthouse Square; Portland, Oregon
Events offered: Half Marathon; 10k; 5k; kids race
Number of runners: ~1800
Beneficiary: Candlelighters for Children with Cancer
Swag (t-shirts): The maroon shirts are good. I really loved the cutout medal with color accents and red, white and green ribbon. Two Lagunitas beers, bean and rice burritos from Pepinos, bananas and oranges were available after the race.
Parking: We parked on the street just a few blocks from the start/finish. There's tons of parking garages down there too.
Bag check: Since I carpooled with friends doing the 10k and they were starting later and finishing earlier than me, they checked my bag for me. It seemed fine.
Course: The race director changed the course about a month prior to the event, so that runners head up Terwilliger about mile 2-3. Then a few miles of mostly downhill, before leveling out for the last few miles.
The race: I was pretty nervous about doing my second half marathon in one weekend, which I'd never done before. I had a feeling it would feel rough, especially with Terwilliger and my poor blistered feet. My main goal was to run hard but run smart. I started out at an alright pace and then hit the hill. As I climbed it, I tried to go give myself a break about my pace, and to keep on mind that there were still plenty of miles to cover after the hill. It was challenging for sure and I was extremely glad for the downhill miles that followed. It was my chance to make up for lost time and have a little fun running fast for a bit. Once the course leveled out, fatigue started to hit. My tummy was a little upset so I didn't want to take any gummies, and I was even nervous about the G2 I had in my hydration belt. It poured for a bit around mile 10 or so. There were tons of city police and tri met people directing traffic and only ALMOST got stuck at a Max once, around mile 11. I did have to stop for a good while for traffic just a few blocks from the finish, which sucked.
Post-race: the gathering in the Square was fun but not as rowdy or high energy as I had expected for a Cinco de Mayo race. Lines for food and beer moved quickly, which was a relief after the beer and food line fiascoes at Bridge to Brews this year. There was a photo op which was nice, and lots of mustache stickers were on tables.
Photos: Not yet available.
Results: I ended up finishing in 1:56:20, only twenty seconds slower than the previous day's half. It wasn't a PR, but given the course, I feel like I did well. It's a fun medium sized event, and I feel like it was organized well.