You’ll help care for the most vulnerable:
- 100% of the net proceeds raised benefit Albertina Kerr, a local non-profit that has been serving the community for more than 100 years.
- Your race helps children, adults and families living with developmental disabilities and mental health challenges.
I know it is a great cause, but the price is so steep! I found the route pretty flat and happened to PR on the 10K. It’s nice to start inside the convention center, especially on a rainy day, Plus actual bathrooms beats a porta potty any day!
This is a hard one to review, because the course is not very interesting or pleasant, the price is steep, and the tech shirts I’ve gotten over the years have been, well, kinda flimsy and cheaply made. BUT, Albertina Kerr is such a fantastic organization to support that I was willing to ignore the fact that I splashed out some serious cash on another run that goes through the usual PDX industrial blight, the somewhat fragrant and always heartbreaking homeless camp areas, and uses the beloved/hated Barbur Blvd climb and dive. If you can overlook the course and the definitive lack of swag (which in my opinion is getting out of hand — I would rather pay $10 less in reg fees than get something like a “collectible challenge coin” — sorry PDX Marathon!) I would recommend this race. It’s a fun run for people who like a big crowd vibe, and it’s well organized and supported. After the run there are plenty of snacks, coffee, and even mimosas (the line for that was super long, so make sure you’re not in a rush to get out.) Bring your own nutrition on the course. Plenty of porta-potties at the start/finish, which is brilliantly held at the convention center so if it’s crappy out you can stretch, relax, listen to music courtesy of 94.7 FM, and feel sad about your tissue-thin shirt in the comfort of the indoors. The medals, however, made up for the shirt, as they were handmade by Kerr clients, which brings me back to my original thoughts on the race — that it helps to check out Albertina Kerr’s programs if you are on the fence about signing up, as you will be so inspired by the organization that you will put it on your calendar for years to come.