5 Must Run Portland 10k Races | RunGuides

5 Must Run Portland 10k Races

This approachable distance is very popular with new and seasoned runners alike. Take advantage of the mild weather and varied terrain of our great city to get out there and race! Whether you’re a first timer, or you’ve been running for years, it’s time to find a 10k and lace up.

Bridge to Brews

bridge to brews portland

This out and back again course starts and finishes at one of the oldest breweries in Portland, Widmer Brother’s Brewing Company. Runners will travel over the Freemont bridge on a mostly flat course that meanders from Eliot to Downtown Portland. Don’t miss the after party, with food, beer, and music provided by Terrapin Events.

Cinco de Mayo Run

cinco de mayo 10k portland

This race is one of the first of the season, and one of the best! Runners will travel through North West Portland, seeing the sights along Barbur Blvd, and romping through a few parks that meet Terwilliger Blvd. The course is mostly flat, and timed with barcode tear tags--make sure your name and tag are placed visibly to ensure accurate recording. The after party isn’t one to miss, as participants not only receive food and beer (what’s not to love?) but also can celebrate their mileage victory with festive mariachi music.

Pints to Pasta

Pints to pasta 10k portland

This race highlights the best the city has to offer, and travels from the Widmer Brothers Brewery to The Old Spaghetti Factory, passing by many Portland attractions and landmarks. Runners park at the restaurant finish line and are shuttled (for free) to the brewery to start the course. The route begins with a downhill  trot, but is for the most part flat. The after party includes a free meal and beer, provided by the two sponsors, as well as live entertainment along the Willamette.

Hippie Chick Quarter Marathon

Hippie Chick half and quarter marathon portland

This all women event takes place on Mother’s Day weekend, and is a self proclaimed “celebration of women!” This is a very fast, flat race, with aid and water stations every two miles. Runners will start and finish at Hillsboro Stadium. This event also offers a pancake breakfast, to ensure all runners are prepared to run their hardest!

Xterra Trail 10k

Xtera trail 10k portland

This out and back again course travels along the shore of the scenic Hagg Lake, on a dirt trail. Xterra is known for their “off road” courses, and this one is just as intense! Get ready to get dirty--this hilly course is almost a mud run.

If you’ve already experienced these courses, and like the distance, check out our full calendar of Portland 10k running events. If you’re in the mood for something different, see our complete list of Portland Runs. No matter what your style, Portland will have an event for you!

Published on Nov 29, 2013