Run Like Hell
Run Like Hell is a Halloween-themed race that sees participants dress out in full costume for a run through Portland’s urban parks and along its waterfront areas along the Willamette River. The run has become a Portland Fall tradition with more than 4,000 runners coming out on an annual basis to participate.
There are three distance options available (5k, 10k, half marathon) and the majoirty of the participants end up in costume, usually according to the races theme (Under the Sea in 2014).
All runners start and finish at the Pioneer Courthouse Square. Half marathoners head south to start and follow a loop before rejoining the 5k and 10k routes. Expect close to 500 feet of elevation then descent over the first 5 miles of the half marathon course, 5k and 10k runners don't have to worry about any elevation on their run.
Once downtown runners follow one of three loops depending on their distance. Each loop ends up passing through a 12 block section of course dubbed the "Musical Mile" where local Portland bands play for the duration of the event. The 5k, 10k, and half marathon runs all pass this section twice (bonus time to rock out!).
The course has been designed not to cross any train tracks so runners will be able to compete the course without interruption.