Stretch it out, lace ‘em up and pump up the volume—because it’s T-minus three months until the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half-Marathon (May 19)! Portland’s stop on this popular series of nationwide road races, a half-marathon that winds from downtown to the east side and back, kicks off the Portland Rose Festival, and advance registration is already underway.
As scenic as it is exciting, this 13.1-miler crosses Stumptown bridges, zig-zags through neighborhoods like Laurelhurst and rocks all over town with more than 10,000 participants getting cheered on at every mile point by bands and fans alike. And while the closed course, with its gradual inclines and pleasant setting, was popular among participants at last year’s inaugural event, what drew even more rave reviews was the convenient coordination of the race expo, starting line and downtown hotels. If you’re all business about your road races, Portland’s Rock ‘n’ Roll is your kind of party.
And this year — because there’s nothing more rock ‘n’ roll than a party boat — the Portland Spirit cruise ship will serve up a continental breakfast and live entertainment for friends and family of runners, giving them up-close views of the race’s bridge crossings from Willamette River. And the boat docks in time for everyone to rock out together at the finish line.