Foot Traffic
Saturday July 4, '15 6:30 am
Sauvie Island (15 min. north of Portland, OR)

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Eventbrite - Foot Traffic Flat 2015


*ABSOLUTELY NO REFUNDS (this is a limited entry race)!

However, transfer to a different distance or transferring to a different athlete if you do so only BEFORE June 1st.

We have made transferring an easy, self-serve process!

1.) Follow this link HERE for instructions on how to change distances yourself!

2.) Follow this link HERE for instructions on how to transfer registration to someone else!





Want to know what a taste of the Island feels like?  Check out this video!








In-store and online registration close on June 28th at 7pm (unless the race reaches it's cap first). 

Large, beautifully crafted medals!



  • Half Marathon WITH tech-shirt, huge finishers medal, & custom race bib with your name! (before Jan. 15th): $65
  • Half Marathon WITH tech-shirt, huge finishers medal & custom race bib with your name (Jan. 16th to April 1st): $68
  • Half Marathon WITH tech-shirt, huge finishers medal (April 2nd to June 1st): $72
  • Half Marathon with huge finishers medal SHIRT NOT GUARANTEED: $72 (after June 1st)
  • Half Marathon Race day/Packet pick up (*see below for shirt information): $80


  • FULL Marathon WITH shirt, huge finishers medal, & custom race bib with your name! (before Jan. 15th): $79

    Always fun, custom bibs!

  • FULL Marathon WITH tech-shirt, huge finishers medal, & custom race bib with your name! (Jan. 16th to April 1st): $86
  • FULL Marathon WITH tech-shirt & huge finishers medal! (April 2nd to June 1st): $90
  • FULL Marathon with huge finishers medal SHIRT NOT GUARANTEED (after June 1st): $90
  • FULL Marathon Race day/Packet pick up (*see below for shirt information): $95

Farm-fest 5K *NEW* (off-road farm course!) Includes unique 5K/8K finishers medal!

  • 5K WITH tech-shirt & farm-fest finishers medal (before Jan. 15th): $35


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  • 5K WITH tech-shirt & farm-fest finishers medal (Jan. 16th to April 1st): $37
  • 5K WITH tech-shirt & farm-fest finishers medal (April 2nd to June 1st): $39
  • 5K with farm-fest finishers medal SHIRT NOT GUARANTEED (after June 1st): $39

Farm-fest 8K *NEW* (off-road farm course!) Includes unique 5K/8K finishers medal

  • 8K WITH tech-shirt & farm-fest finishers medal (before Jan. 15th): $42
  • 8K WITH tech-shirt & farm-fest finishers medal (Jan. 16th-April 1st): $44
  • 8K WITH tech-shirt & farm-fest finishers medal (April 2nd to June 1st): $46
  • 8K with farm-fest finishers medal SHIRT NOT GUARANTEED (after June 1st): $46





Shirts are only available to those who register before June 10th and choose the tshirt option. HOWEVER, you can still get a shirt! Those who decide they want a shirt after June 10th will be able to order one at the Packet pick ups and the day of the race for $12 each (pick up in store 3 weeks later) or shipped to you for $15 total. If you add this into your original registration, your total registration cost is $77 for the half or $92 for the Full. This is consistent with most late-registration fees for certified, professional half marathons. Again, you can still get a shirt, but in order to forecast correctly for early registrants and make sure we get you the RIGHT SIZE, the preorder for shirts has to be cut off on June 10th to order thousands of shirts and have them ready! Thanks for understanding!





SHUTTLE (last shuttle purchase option 8am on June 20th).

Shuttle tickets can be purchased by clicking on the registration link above and choosing the "SHUTTLE TICKET" option.


Click here for a map of the shuttle start location.

Shuttle takes you from NW Portland in front of the Silver Cloud Inn (2426 NW Vaughn St.) all the way to Sauvie Island & back!

*While we have taken many steps to limit congestion at the race start (including reducing the cap & closing both lanes onto the island just for arriving race participants), we highly recommend taking shuttle from NW Portland. Last year over 1000 participants high-tailed it to the start and got there on time and let the bus drivers do all the work! It's well worth it!  

Click here for the bus schedule!



Shuttle FAQs

1.) Can specators ride the shuttle? Yes, specatators can ride the shuttle if they purchase a ticket! Simply go to the main registration page and select the shuttle ticket only!

2.) I forgot to buy a ticket when I was registering, so can I buy a shuttle ticket now? Yes, you can buy a shuttle ticket by itself if you forgot to purchase one earlier. Simply go to the main registration page and select the shuttle ticket only!

3.) Do I have to tell you what shuttle departure I signed up for? You can ride either shuttle in the morning. All the buses show up at the first departure time and leave when filled. We have two times listed for departure so you know when the first one will leave and the last ones will leave!

4.) What do I show as my ticket? Your race BIB number will have a note if you purchaed the shuttle ticket. Just show your bib number. If you forget that (not a good idea if you're planning on racing!), we'll also have your name on a list.

5.) Is there a deadline for purchasing a shuttle ticket? YES, the deadline will likely be right around June 20th so we can have enough time to plan and coordinate the appropriate number of shuttles.



The natural bounty that awaits

all participants. Yes, the

Strawberry Shortcake really

comes from the island!

5:30AM: Race day packet pick up begins

6:30AM: FULL marathon starts

6:50AM: HALF starts

7:45AM: 5K & 8K starts


  1. Tuesday, July 1st at Foot Traffic Downtown from 12-7pm
  2. Wednesday, July 2nd at Foot Traffic Northeast from 12-7pm
  3. Thursday, July 3rd at Foot Traffic Sellwood from 12-6pm

*Packets will be available race morning, but you are STRONGLY encouraged to pick it up the day before. There can be long lines and it can take a bit of time parking and getting ready for the race.



Sauvie Island's NEW bridge!

Check out the awesome

view of Mt. Hood when

you get on the island

Yes! There is a free bag check. Use your bag to save on waste or use ours!


About the Event:              Fun at the FLAT!

The “Flat,” as we affectionately call it, has become a Fourth of July tradition around Portland. The course, as the name implies, is about the flattest and fastest half and full marathon on the West Coast.


But in addition to the fast times expected from completing this event, runners and walkers will be treated to the beautiful sights of Sauvie Island, including thousands of songbirds, majestic bald eagles, and picturesque farmland that most of the island residents subsist off of.


Oh yeah, don’t forget the island-fresh strawberry shortcake


! Not only is it scrumptious, but the islanders themselves serve it to you. Be sure to thank them and shake these wonderful people’s hands!

For more information on Sauvie Island, check out their informative website. In addition to the many physical benefits of running & walking, we feel that one should always pursue the benefits of academic and research-based stimulation! Click here to expand your geographical horizons!


firefighter seal

We have raised over $300,000 for both the fire department and a variety of other local charities, schools, and non-profits! Thank you for your support!



It's all about the costume

Medals to all half marathon and full marathon finishers. Awards to the overall male and female winners and LOT's of door prizes for ALL finishers after the race. Awards will be handed out throughout the morning as people finish, so listen for announcements and your bib number! There will be no official awards ceremony due to the varied finish times.


Post-event treats and festivities

Relax after the race with a cool, refreshing drink and some scrumptious island fresh strawberry shortcake. In addition, enjoy some All-American grub with some hot dogs (and veggie dogs) compliments of the Pumpkin Patch. There is also a live band performing for all finishers!


A common question leading up to the event is whether

spectators and family can drive the course or come to the island after the race has started. Our best answers for these questions are as follows:

  • Spectators are NOT allowed to drive around the island while the race is going on. The roads aren't completely closed, but traffic is only reserved for island residents.
  • Spectators CAN get onto the island after the race has started, but since the one bridge onto the island is just under 2 miles from the start line, you may have to wait awhile once the race gets going. We STRONGLY ADVISE all participants and spectators to make the trip out together to save gas, save space, and ease congestion! If you absolutely cannot do this, then you should probably arrive after 8pm to assure easier access to the island.
  • Spectators CAN park and ride a BIKE around the island to different spots! This is likely the BEST opportunity for spectating. There are plenty of gravel pull-outs for bikers given the country setting of the race. A good place to rent is the Fat Tire Farm in NW Portland at
  • YES, one lane around the island is ostensibly closed by all practical means. With over 2,000 runners and walkers looping around the island on a two lane road in a clockwise fashion, traffic is limited to local access only. For emergencies, traffic is allowed to access runners. The best idea for getting to the other side and watching your family or friends is to bike! It's cleaner and safer!




CLICK HERE FOR COURSE MAP (shows all distances)


Marathoner's view down

Multnomah Channel

Flat and Fast! The race starts at the famous Pumpkin Patch on the South end of the island and heads out for one loop around the island on a two lane country road. There will be an electrolyte drink supplied on the course in addition to water and we’ve added yet another aid station to make sure participants get even more support on the course.



6 hour limit:

Course closes at 12:30pm and those still on course will have to obey all traffic laws.

Our unique, fast, and scenic marathon course takes

runners and walkers around around the same course as the half marathoners, but we've added an out-&-back down scenic Sauvie Island Rd. along the Multnomah Channel before rejoining original course to finish the marathon. The out-&-back section features a few gently rolling hills & a fantastic view of the water! There is also a short (less than a mile) out and back at approx. mile 17.5 with a very short and small hill (about 50 meters). This is your biggest hill of the course!  


8K & 5K COURSE:  

Bikers & runners are a

common sight!

The brand new Farm Fest 8K & 5K course will utilize our wonderful host, the Pumpkin Patch.  The course will traverse the farm's roads cross country style in a grat new Fourth of July tradition.

Certifications & Boston Qualifier

Want a fast time? Both the half marathon and full marathon will be chip-timed and certified courses as well as a Boston Qualifier. Come run your fastest time of the season, the year, or your entire life! The Foot Traffic Flat was ranked 16th in the nation in 2013 and 12th in the nation in 2010 in percentage of Boston Qualifiers for marathon finishers! That's pretty awesome!


Aid Stations and Supplements:



Yes, the island has beaches!

Visit them after the race and

make a day of it!

The Foot Traffic Flat is proud to feature Clif as our on-course nutrition source. Shot Bloks will be available at all aid stations except number 1.


There will be a total of 7 aid stations for the half marathon and a total of 13 aid stations for the marathon. Each aid station will offer Nuun along with water. Nuun is a electrolyte-only drink without any carbs. We feel this is a good fit because it allows you to drink much more without compromising how many carbs you take in. It allows you to regulate carb consumption separately and get more of what your body really needs on these courses, ELECTROLYTES!




For RESULTS questions or concerns or corrections, CLICK HERE!

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The Corn Maize at the

Pumpkin Patch--our

generous hosts!

Driving directions from the airport

  • Take I-205 South from Airport Drive.
  • Take I-84 West
  • Take I-5 North about 1 mile
  • Take I-405 exit onto the Fremont Bridge (about one mile up on I-5)
  • Take the first right off the bridge and follow signs that say HW 30/St. Helens.
  • Take HW 30 about 6 miles north, cross under the beautiful St. Johns Bridge and continue for another 5 miles
  • Take a right onto Sauvie IslandOnce off the bridge go left and go under the bridge.
  • Go about 2 miles and you'll see the pumpkin patch on your left.
  • It should be about a 25 minute drive from the airport. Minimal traffic and a lot of freeways and highways.



The Silver Cloud Inn--Northwest Portland!  

The Silver Cloud Inn is our official race hotel. They are one of the closest hotels to the race start and I guarantee you'll have a great night's sleep before the race in one of their great rooms! The hotel books up VERY quickly, so reserve soon! Check back for more hotel CLICK HERE FOR RATE & ROOM INFO





Holiday Inn Express!

Our secondary hotel option is the Holiday Inn Express, just two blocks away from the Silver Cloud Inn. The Holiday Inn Express also will be offering a special Foot Traffic Flat rate. They have fantastic amenities and a buffet breakfast and are nearly as close to the shuttle location as the Silver Cloud Inn! Contact them directly to take advantage of their special Foot Traffic Flat room rates: 503-484-1100 or toll free 866-492-1100


PLEASE RIDE THE SHUTTLE (information at the top of the page)! Or at the very least, we encourage participants to carpool. Click Facebook icon on the right for Carpool info!

Public Transportation Options
Unfortunately, there are no public transportation options to the race start on July 4th. All buses run on holiday hours on the Fourth, so nothing goes out to the island that early. Check the facebook forum above to post ride requests or offerings there and get to the island with a new/old friend! Plus, check out the top of this page for information on our new shuttle option!





The Foot Traffic Flat needs your help (or the help of your visiting family or friends!). We have positions available at the finish line, aid stations on the course, and before the race at our packet pick ups. EMAIL HERE  to get information!




Foot Traffic

4020 NE Fremont St.

Portland, OR 97212

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