|Sunday December 15, '13 8:00 am
Adidas North America Headquarters (North Greeley Ave)
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Race has reached it's cap and REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED
(see below for last chance option)
STILL itching to get into this year's race? We have 25 entries left that we will be releasing on Dec. 4th at 6pm at our weekly group run/walk at the Sellwood Foot Traffic
Here's the skinny: Simply buy a pair of shoes between now and Dec. 4th at any Foot Traffic store (or on Dec. 4th at Sellwood). Be one of the first 25 to show up and show your receipt on Dec. 4th at 6pm, and you can register for the race. Race entry will be the regular price of $76 and will raise more funds for The Freshwater Trust. Please bring CASH OR CHECK only for entry fee payments! Shoes purchased before Nov. 19th will not qualify. Participating in the group run is not required, but encouraged. Prizes, tasty beer from our sponsored shoe-wall beer tap from Lompoc, and a special visit from the big guy in red! More questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
*ABSOLUTELY NO REFUNDS (this is a limited entry race)!
However, transfer to down to the 5K or up to the Half is allowed as is transferring to another athlete if received
BEFORE NOV. 10th.
Any transfers done after this point will be subject to a $10 transfer fee given completion of the custom bibs & sequencing.
FINAL DEADLINE FOR ANY TRANSFERS is DEC. 1st.
Transfers can be done by having the new person fill out a new registration form with a completed waiver and a specific note detailing who they are transferring from (full name). This needs to be delivered to a Foot Traffic store BEFORE Nov. 10th!
Any transfers after this point will be required to include a $10 fee per the above reasons.
If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities click here for more info!
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Event takes place rain or shine!
2013 FEES: (in-store & mail-in registration ends Dec. 1st if the race hasn't filled)
$68 GROUP REGISTRATION* (minimum 15 registrants, see below) Includes LS shirt
$76 Includes LS SHIRT (Sept. 1st to Nov. 1st at 7pm)
$76 Includes SS cotton shirt (Nov. 2 to Nov. 28th or until race caps)
NAME ON COMMEMORATIVE BIB option closes Nov. 10th!
Packet pick up and race day prices
$85 NO SHIRT, but you can order for one at packet pick up and race day for a small fee.
$35 INCLUDES SHIRT (BEFORE August 31st at 7pm)
$38 INCLUDES SHIRT (Sept 1st-Nov. 1st at 7pm)
$38 Includes SS cotton shirt (Nov. 2 to Nov. 28th or until race caps)
NAME ON BIB COMMEMORATIVE option closes Nov. 10th!
Packet pick up and race day prices
$45 NO SHIRT, but you can order for $12 at the race and Packet pick ups.
*Corporate/Group registration instructions: Signing up as a team is easy! Simply gather the information for 15 or more of your friends or coworkers and register all at once on our online registration system! Just choose the "Group Registration" option to get the discount. If you would prefer to collect cash and/or checks from each person, you can bring all of the registrations into any Foot Traffic store and submit all at once to receive the discounted price! More questions? Email email@example.com
Get in the holiday spirit, Portland! Portland finally has a half marathon in December! The fantastic out and back course starts and finishes at the Adidas North America Campus and winds along Willamette Blvd to the sounds of carolers all along the course!
The flat and scenic route is the only race course fully completed in beautiful North Portland, so you can be sure you're getting a unique event, full of fantastic features and sights. The Historic St. John's Bridge, the beautiful Univeristy of Portland campus, and panoramic views of Downtown Portland from the bluff of Willamette Blvd. are just a few of the highlights awaiting you!
Finish the race and treat yourself to a craft beer seasonal brew, hearty holiday soup, hot chocolate, hot oatmeal, egg nog, and more! You want holiday music? You get LOTS of Holiday music all morning long! With a combination of carolers along the course and DJ's spinning holiday beats at the finish, you're sure to get your fill of festive cheer this December.
If you're not excited about Christmas, Hanukkah, and every other Holiday festivity after this race, then you just might be the Grinch! READ BELOW for more EVENT, COURSE, and WEATHER INFORMATION
AWARDS & T-SHIRTS!
All finishers of the Half marathon only will receive a UNIQUE and awesome holiday medal to be revealed soon!
LONG SLEEVE SHIRTS & Gear:
All registrants that sign up before Nov. 1st will get one of the best event shirts around! We offer all registrants a long sleeve, QUARTER-ZIP shirt technical shirt. The LS shirts are MEN'S AND WOMEN'S SIZING so order accordingly (no size swaps).
Both the long sleeve tech shirt and other commemorative gear will be available for individual sale at the event and the packet pick up days for those that would like to purchase one in addition or for those that missed the cut off date.
(THREE to choose from!):
It is HIGHLY recommended that you pick up your packet on one of these three days to ease congestion race morning. The packets will be available on Sunday morning for a brief amount of time before the race begins.
DAY OF RACE SCHEDULE:
7:00am: Packet pick up begins.
8:00am: Half Marathon starts
8:15am: 5K starts
9:30am-12:30: Awards, festivities, music!
SHUTTLE TICKETS (aka: big yellow sleigh-ride)!
Ride the shuttle for convenient parking nearby and get dropped off right at the start. Huge lots only 5 minutes away from the start on Swan Island and a giant yellow sleigh (OK, bus) to drive you up to the start line AND take you back to your car when you're done. Fast and cheap! It is not mandatory, but we highly recommend it! Call our NE store at 503.284.0345 for questions and how to order a bus ticket (if you forgot to order one when you registered online). NOTE: If you don't think you'll be able to make the final shuttle trip BACK to your car at 11:45am, DO NOT PURCHASE A TICKET! See link above for more details. The address of Daimler parking lots is 4747 N Channel Ave, Portland, OR
There is no parking at adidas & neighborhood parking is limited. Take the shuttle and the 5 min. ride up the hill and shave off tons of annoying loops looking for parking!
Note: This is not a mandatory shuttle, but you are strongly encouraged to use it. As event organizers, we are fortunate to have the opportunity to offer such large parking areas given that MANY races/events cannot or simply do not provide this kind of parking opportunity. For example ehen you go to your next Blazer game or your next concert, you will not find ANY shuttle, let alone decent parking for under $10. We have made significant efforts to secure parking for you in a convenient, close-by location and we hope you enjoy the service!
AGAIN, the shuttle is NOT MANDATORY, but it's a simple way to avoid congestion, make sure you get to the start on time, AND help keep this event in the great N. Portland Neighborhoods by keeping their resident's happy!
WEATHER IN DECEMBER
If you are not from Portland, you might be asking yourself, "What should I expect for weather in December?" Interestingly enough, we ask ourselves the SAME QUESTION! We HOPE for mild temperatures in the 40's with no rain, but our weather systems are about as mysterious as Santa's Sleigh schedule! We could have snow or ice and below freezing temps (not common, but it does happen), or rain and rain and more rain (more likely). The first year of the event we had rain for weeks before the event and then it miraculously stopped and the temperature shot up to the high 40's or low 50's! Of course, there can be wind depending on the weather system moving in.
Soo.... if you couldn't tell, we are as clueless about the weather as everyone else! But the way we look at it, dry weather is nice, but wet weather or snow makes for a really authentic Oregon holiday race! We are all out there experiencing it together and you can be assured you'll have a dry place at the Adidas campus to recover after the race!
Please note that the race will occur rain or shine!
WALKERS ON COURSE
Out of respect for residents, businesses, Tri-met, the City of Portland, and everyone that coexists in this great city of ours, we must place restrictions on the time frame a course can be open. We're working diligently with our friends with the City of Portland to make this event possible for a variety of abilities. CONSEQUENTLY, we must mandate that participants maintain about a 15 min. mile.
HOWEVER, we will be keeping the aid stations and the finish line open long enough for participants maintaining up to a 20 min. mile to finish (finish line closes promptly at NOON). Nevertheless, for everyone's safety, participants on the course after it reopens are required by law to follow all traffic rules, including using the sidewalks, crosswalks, obeying all signs, and not crossing streets when the traffic lights are red.
What does this mean for you?
There will be a bag check near the start line before the event. This year we will have TWO bag check areas to relieve some congestion. Bring your OWN bag and we'll tag it and save on waste or use one of ours. Your choice!
For fantastic, professional photos from the 2013 Holiday Half, please visit the official photographer of this year's event, Evan Pilchik Photography! 2013 Holiday Half PHOTOS will be supplied by Evan Pilchik Photography. These photos make great gifts or simply personal awards for PRs or your first half marathon. Click on the logo below for all your photos from the Holiday Half!
Want to help out a great organization and have fun at the same time? Email our Volunteer Coordinator to find out great ways to support the event and get involved. Volunteer today! Opportunities available on all four packet pick up days preceding the race & shifts during race day including course monitors, aid station help, and start/finish line support. Email the volunteer coordinator for more info at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Freshwater Trust works to improve freshwater health throughout Oregon, forwarding cooperative, action-oriented solutions to protect and restore our freshwater ecosystems. Every year we plant thousands of trees, restore dozens of river miles, keep billions of gallons of water flowing in Oregon streams and facilitate tens of thousands of students in learning about our freshwater resources.
In Oregon and across the nation, freshwater ecosystems are steadily degrading, and this decline threatens the long-term prosperity of our communities. The Freshwater Trust is improving stream and river health throughout Oregon through action-oriented solutions to protect and restore. Please consider supporting The Freshwater Trust with a donation today! Click here for more information or to donate!
*NOTE: Course maps will NOT be available until the City of Portland confirms mandatory changes to the beginning of both races due to construction in the Overlook neighborhood. We will post the changes IMMEDIATELY when we hear back from them. We are asking every day for updates, so thank you for your patience.
Half marathon course starts and finishes at the Adidas North America Campus. It is an out and back course. There is a VERY slight hill to start, but the rest of the course is FLAT with a nice fast downhill finish. Amazing panoramic views of Portland and Forest Park await you along Willamette Blvd. and the course turns around under the historic St. Johns Bridge. You also catch glimpses of the beautiful University of Portland campus.
5K course is a simple loop through the beautiful Overlook Neighborhood and along Willamette Blvd. Starts and finishes in the same location as the half. Up hill on the way out for a portion of it and a fast down hill finish! Catch glimpses of Forest Park and the city on Greeley Ave. at the turnaround!
AID STATIONS & ON-COURSE NUTRITION
Aid stations will be every 2 miles (see course map above) and
each will be stocked with NUUN electrolyte and CLIF gel carbohydrate gels.
Welcome Silver Cloud Inn--Northwest Portland!
The Silver Cloud Inn is our official race hotel. Click here for their rate sheet and more information. They really no how to take care of visiting runners and walkers, so reserve soon!
They are one of the closest hotels to the race start and we guarantee you'll have a great night's sleep before the race in their great rooms. Plus, they always offer an early breakfast options for our race participants!
Check back soon for this year's commemorative items!
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