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Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-PLAY (7529)

Fax: 503-823-6007

1120 SW Fifth Ave., Suite 1302, Portland, OR 97204

Pier Park #ZombieChase

Pier ParkThe Pier Park Zombie Chase $5 5k is coming up this weekend, which means it is time to get in that last training run, make some finishing touches on your costume and answer all of your questions about the big day! The race will begin at 9am on Sunday, October 19th at Pier Park, which is located at N Lombard St & Bruce Ave. The 1k kid’s fun run will begin at 8:45am and is led by our friends from Foot Traffic. Check-in begins as early as 7:30am and will close at 8:45am.

To be prepared on race day, we offer a bib pick-up day on Thursday, October 16th at Charles Jordan Community Center (9009 N Foss Ave) from 4-7pm. We would love to see you come out to pick up some fun new prizes! If you can’t make it on Thursday, you will also be able to pick up your bib on the morning of the race!

On race day, street parking and use of the parking lots is acceptable. However, we also highly recommend using public transportation (Bus #44) and carpooling or biking to our events. Make sure to visit our course map page for a view of the Pier Park Race Route.

Race day amenities will include:

Free rock wall climbing on our 30 foot portable rock wall

Balloon animals

Face paint

Photos from our friends at North Clackamas Photo

Finisher ribbons for all participants

1st through 3rd place medals for several age categories

Pre/post-race snacks

Water

Fun local vendors

Please see our FAQ page for other popular questions about the race and feel free to contact us if you still have questions.

See you at Pier on Sunday morning!

Westmoreland 5k is Coming Up!

WestmorelandThe Westmoreland $5 5k is coming up this weekend, which means it is time to get in that last training run and answer all of your questions about the big day! The race will begin at 9am on Sunday, September 14th at Westmoreland Park, which is located at SE Bybee Blvd & 22nd Ave. The 1k kid’s fun run will begin at 8:45am and is led by our friends from Foot Traffic. Check-in begins as early as 7:30am and will close at 8:45am.

To be prepared on race day, we offer a bib pick-up day on Thursday, September 11th at the SE Foot Traffic (13th Ave and SE Malden Street) from 4-7pm. We would love to see you come out to pick up some fun new prizes and receive 10% off at Foot Traffic! If you can’t make it on Thursday, you will also be able to pick up your bib on the morning of the race!

On race day, street parking and use of the parking lots is acceptable. However, we also highly recommend using public transportation (Bus #19) and carpooling or biking to our events. Make sure to visit our course map page for a view of the Westmoreland Park Race Route.

Race day amenities will include:

Free rock wall climbing on our 30 foot portable rock wall

Balloon animals

Face paint

Photos from our friends at North Clackamas Photo

Finisher ribbons for all participants

1st through 3rd place medals for several age categories

Pre/post-race snacks

Water

Fun local vendors

Please see our FAQ page for other popular questions about the race and feel free to contact us if you still have questions.

See you at Westmoreland on Sunday morning!

Keep Running in the Fall

Running during the fall season is a treat, especially if you live in Portland! Active shares this article about why you should keep running even when summer is wrapping up and the kids are heading back to school:

1. Ideal Temperatures

The air is cooler and usually much dryer, so your run will involve less discomforts like sweating and rapid dehydration. Dress lightly enough so that you're a little chilly at the beginning of your run, and then feel great at the end. You can also reap the bene?ts of layering by starting with a long-sleeved shirt and shedding it when you feel too warm.

2. Beautiful Foliage

There is nothing prettier than the way the orange, red and yellow trees light up your surroundings before the leaves drop. The breathtaking views can really make a dull route feel fresh. It's fun to get out there and see which trees have turned, feel the crunch of leaves underfoot, and take in that unmistakable scent of fall in the air.

3. Fun Runs

Spring and summer races are full of squeaky new shoes, sunglasses and runners excited about the long-awaited end of winter. But fall races are sprinkled with capes, devil horns and wacky Halloween costumes. You'll find brisk Turkey Trots and Christmas-themed fun runs. Many races held in the fall are a far cry from the serious spring marathons. These races combine fun with hard work and let you loosen up.

4. Food Treats

Fall is a time for comfort food. Thanksgiving dinner, pies, grandma's cookies, and family gatherings all lead to some serious calorie intake. The average American gains one to five pounds during the holiday season, and most of that weight is never lost again. Does that mean you have to sacrifice mashed potatoes and apple pie? Not necessarily. If you remain committed to your run schedule during these months you can stay ahead of those extra pounds.

Run this fall to build your fitness and enjoy your surroundings!

Laurelhurst Park $5 5k

The Laurelhurst $5 5k is coming up this weekend, which means it is time to answer all of your questions about the big day! The race will begin at 9am on Sunday, August 17th at Laurelhurst Park, which is located at SE Cesar Chavez BLVD & Stark Street. The 1k kid’s fun run will begin at 8:45am and is led by our friends from Foot Traffic. Check-in begins as early as 7:30am and will close at 8:45am.

To be prepared on race day, we offer a bib pick-up day on Thursday, August 14th at the Fremont Foot Traffic (41st and NE Fremont) from 4-7pm. We would love to see you come out to win some fun new prizes and shop at Foot Traffic! If you can’t make it on Thursday, you will also be able to pick up your bib on the morning of the race!

On race day, street parking and use of the parking lots is acceptable. However, we also highly recommend using public transportation (Bus #75) and carpooling or biking to our events. Make sure to visit our course map page for a view of the Laurelhust Park Race Route.

Race day amenities will include:

  • Free rock wall climbing on our 30 foot portable rock wall
  • Balloon animals
  • Face paint
  • Photos from our friends at North Clackamas Photo
  • Finisher ribbons for all participants
  • 1st through 3rd place medals for several age categories
  •  Pre/post-race snacks
  • Water
  • Fun local vendors

Please see our FAQ page for other popular questions about the race and feel free to contact us if you still have questions. 

See you at Laurelhurst on Sunday morning!

Gabriel Park 5k is this weekend!

Greetings, Gabriel Park 5k Participants!

The Gabriel Park $5 5k is coming up this weekend, which means it is time to answer all of your questions about the big day! The race will begin at 9am on Sunday, July 13th at Gabriel Park, which is located at SW 42nd and Vermont. The 1k kid’s fun run will begin at 8:45am and is led by our friends from Foot Traffic. Check-in begins as early as 7:30am and will close at 8:45am.

To be prepared on race day, we offer a bib pick-up day on Thursday, July 10th at Southwest Community Center from 4-7pm. SWCC is located at the corner of SW 45th and Vermont. We would love to see you come out to spin our prize wheel and test your luck at winning one of our fun new prizes. If you can’t make it on Thursday, you will also be able to pick up your bib on the morning of the race!

On race day, street parking and use of the parking lots is acceptable. However, we also highly recommend using public transportation (Bus #44) and carpooling or biking to our events. Make sure to visit our course map page for a view of the Gabriel Park 5k map.

Race day amenities will include:

  • Free rock wall climbing on our 30 foot portable rock wall

  • Balloon animals

  • Face paint

  • Photos from our friends at North Clackamas Photo

  • Finisher ribbons for all participants

  • 1st through 3rd place medals for several age categories

  •  Pre/post-race snacks

  • Water

Please see our FAQ page for other popular questions about the race and feel free to contact us if you still have questions. 

See you at Gabriel on Sunday!