Portland Trail Race Series Guide
Run Fact! The hazelnut is Oregon's official state nut. Of course, Oregon is the only state with an official state nut. Combined with donuts, it makes for complete nutrition for runners. More on donuts later, for now let's focus on the excellent Trail Race Series opportunities found in and around Portland.
Here's our RunGuides picks for Portland's best Trail Race Series for 2017.
Stumptown Cross Country is a series of fun, competitive cross country races for runners of all ages and abilities, with separate men's & women's starts. Embrace the exhilaration of cross country running, testing yourself over grass, hills and mud. Go with the XC tradition of bolting like a maniac from the start, or be coy and bide your time. Either way, you'll have a blast. The races happen on a variety of interesting courses around town.
Number of runs in the series: 5
What are the races?
- Race #1 Portland Meadows
- Race #2 Fernhill Park
- Race #3 Gabriel Park
- Race #4 Pier Park
- Race #5 Fernhill Park
Total Distance if you run all the events: Women 28.6 km (17.75 mi.), Men 34.6 km (21.5 mi.)
Let's figure you run the entire series, how many guilt-free donuts do you earn?
You are good to eat four donuts in one sitting! You can argue with your crew on the way whether to stop at Pip's Original Doughnuts, or good old Voodoo Doughnuts.
Do you get any cool swag for running the entire series?
Individual and team scores are compiled in womens and mens, open and masters categories for end of season honors. However, every participant is virtually guaranteed to get muddy shoes along the way.
The Portland Trail Series is a local favorite, low-key series of trail races held in Forest Park in Portland. Three five-race Series (Spring, Summer and Fall) are held Wednesday evenings from May-October, and each race covers a different, challenging course, ranging from 4-7 miles. This series from outstanding local outfit Go Beyond Racing is quite popular, be sure to register early as the runs fill up.
Number of runs in the series: 15
What are the races?
Total distance if you run all the events: Approximately 133 km (82.6 miles) over 15 races.
Should you complete the entire series, how many guilt-free donuts does that merit?
All that racing over the hills and through the woods of Forest Park garners you the unassailable right to eat 8 donuts. Be kind to yourself and break it up into a couple sessions.
Do you get any truly great swag for running the entire series?
Runners participating in at least four races for each seasonal Series are included in the overall Series standings. Doing well in the Series lands you some fantastic gear from series sponsors. And chances are, you may enjoy a beer with your compatriots after the runs on occasion.
Did we miss an important series? Let us know through the comments below! Or, if you’re looking for more races, check out our full calendar of Portland runs.
RunGuides writer/content nerd Steve Lafler is a former Oregonian, a situation he often finds perplexing.