The popular Helvetia Half Marathon, 15K, & 10K run/walk has a major addition this year. NEW in 2017 is a 25 mile bike race through gorgeous scenery! We are excited for the annual running, and riding, of this award winning event where you “Leave the City Behind“. Come enjoy this scenic course with breathtaking views of the gorgeous countryside in rural Washington County.
- Erica Endicott reviewed 2 years ago
- last edited 2 years ago
Helvetia was my very first half marathon and it did not disappoint. It is a very hilly course but its so beautiful especially in the morning. Very well organized and nice bling. After party could use a little help, long lines for the helvetia burger but that more than made up for it in taste. Would certainly recommend and will do it again!
I ran the 10k a few weeks ago (June 2015) and had so much fun. I loved that I could register online just a couple nights before because I’m pretty non-commital when it comes to racing. There was a lot of positive energy at the start, and the 10k and half marathon started together. At mile 4-ish, the half marathon and 10k split, and I was surprised that I was the leader! There was an excellent police escort and lead car that led me to the finish and helped clear a path when we double-backed in an area where walkers were still heading on their way out. The course was well-marked, and the volunteers and Hillsboro Police did a great job keeping the roads clear and directing traffic, so I never had confusion about where to go. The course is rolly but nothing too crazy at all. I LOVED having the burger after the race. Yes, it was only 9:30am, but it tasted so good. Just a couple heads-up. Even though the half-marathoners and 10k runners were together until mile 4, there were two separate mile 4 markers on the course, one for the half marathon, and one for the 10k. I have no idea why. I wasn’t wearing a Garmin, so I’m not sure how accurately the course was measured. Also, if you’re a pretty competitive runner, you may not find a lot of competition in this race. I’m a woman and was the overall winner. The first guy came in several minutes later. I had so much fun though and thought the race was really well-organized. I had a blast.
I have been looking forward to doing this run for a few years now, and I’m glad I finally got the chance to. A nagging injury kept me out of the half, but I was able to do the 10k and I’m very glad I did. Packet pickup was smooth, the shirt was decent quality, and there were coupons in the swag bag that I will actually use! Race morning had plenty of parking and people directing so it wasn’t a free-for-all in the Intel parking lot. There were TONS of port-o-potties — I have never had such a short wait in line before a race as big as this one is.
The half and the 10k started together, which I was worried would be a human crush pile but they did have pace markings, and people were in a cheerful mood and were happy to not squash each other. I stayed near the back due to my reduced ability, so I can’t comment if there were people lined up incorrectly, but the pack spread out pretty quickly and I didn’t feel jammed in at any point. The course was well-marked, with plenty of direction. There was Nuun and water — it seemed to me like they had extra stations due to the chance of it getting pretty toasty. I was familiar with part of the course (I think the Heartbreaker Half uses part of it? Maybe?) so it had some hills in the 10k but nothing that will ruin your life and make you curse the day you were born. Overall it was indeed scenic and pretty, with pleasant volunteers helping out at aid stations.
You finish on the sportsfield and that is fun — spectators can watch their favorites cross the finish line on the stadium’s jumbotron. We got an attractive, quality medal upon finishing, and were treated to a vast array of snacks, drinks, and opportunities to score a little more swag from the decent vendors that had set up displays. After cooling off a bit we got our yummy Helvetia Tavern burgers (garden! yay for plant-based athletes! I usually am able to only get a banana after a run) and watched the speedy halfers come in on the jumbotron. There was plenty of seating and shade to relax in after the race, so this is a good event to make into an afternoon of enjoying your friends and your achievement.
I definitely plan on giving the half marathon a shot next year, but the 10k is a great workout and again I am very happy I got to try it out and get hooked!
I have ran this race one time and loved it! have been wanting to get back to run it again but can’t stay healthy… The course is so beautiful and i actually really enjoyed the hills. I also loved the burgers after:) I would suggest getting there very early as parking and back up of cars getting to the race is really bad! It took me so long to park that i just about missed the start of the race and had no time to go to the bathroom. There is also a section during the race towards the end around mile 10 or so that is on gravel which i didn’t enjoy, although this may have changed as it has been a while since i have ran it. The parking/bathroom issue is the reason i didn’t rate this race with 5 stars. Overall great race that i hope to do again!