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Hop Hop and AWAY!hop hop medal 2015

Portland’s ONLY Easter weekend Half Marathon & 5K! This fun, Easter-themed event features a FLAT, gorgeous, half marathon that takes participants all along the Columbia Rivers on the Marine Drive bike path with views of Mt. Hood along the way! The 5K course is brand new and one-of-a-kind and absolutely amazing scenery on top of the Peninsula Canal along the top of the MCDD dike. Participants in the 5K will be treated to amazing  views of Mt. Hood, the Columbia River to your north, the canal, two golf courses, hundreds of geese and wildlife, and some rare wildlife in the canal! Stunning course with a nice mix of soft surfaces including packed gravel and some asphalt.

THE GOODIES

  • The Hop Hop offers super-cute large Easter Egg & Bunny Medals for BOTH RACES!
  • Mimosas in super-cute, COMMEMORATIVE glass champagne flutes that are yours to keep!
  • Craft beer (hey, we can’t forget the “hops!”)
  • Easter brunch food, including cinnamon rolls, fruit, scrambled eggs and croissants… yummm! One of the BEST spreads you’ll ever find at a large race.
  • Easter Egg painting competition.
  • Pictures with the Easter bunny and dance contests with a live DJ.
  • Costume contests!

Start/finish at the Kliever Armory!

The Hop Hop Half & 5K will hold it’s pre and post-event festivities at the Kliever Armory on NE 33rd Ave. Race parking and start/finish locations remain the same at the neighboring Port of Portland lot, but now we have a super convenient location to get our Easter-shake on. Click here for a map on how to get to the Kliever Armory.

Course

Both races will be chip timed and the half will be a USATF certified course (5K is accurately and professionally measured, but not USATF certified). Very flat and fast course to set a PR on or great for beginners looking to complete your first half! The 5K is fast and scenic with a combination of road and some gravel surfaces like gravel and is very flat.

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Half Marathon

This extremely flat course starts on NE 33rd Ave. and takes participants south on 33rd for one mile before heading back North towards Marine Drive. Participants are then treated to over 10 miles of flat, smooth bike path with gorgeous views of Mt. Hood and the mighty Columbia River. The course follows an out and back format on the Marine Drive Bike path, with the turnaround right at the I-205 bridge. Participants then finish the course by reentering NE 33rd Ave. and finishing where they started. USATF CERTIFICATION NUMBER: OR13003LB

5K

The 5K course takes participants out and back past Riverside Country Club and starts and finishes at the same location as the half marathon. The 5K is also chip timed and is professionally and accurately measured to ensure an excellent race experience.

USATF Certified and Chip-timed Half

The Half Marathon course is always certified and professionally chip timed! 5K course will be professionally chip-timed and ACCURATELY measured (always) but not a USATF certified course.

Aid Stations

There will be 5 total aid stations along the half marathon course serving electrolyte and gels at each! There will also be restrooms at each stop.

Nuun will be the electrolyte choice on course and Clif Shots will be our gels on course. Pick up either one at any Foot Traffic location to test them out before the event!

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BIB PICK UP OPTIONS

RACE DAY SCHEDULE April 15th

7:00am: Bib Pick up begins race day

8:00am: Half Start

8:45am: 5K Start

9:00am-12pm: Post-race party, egg painting, food, music, and more!

Directions/Parking

If you haven’t already found out, the starting location does not have an actual address (just a giant lot!). However, we have provided multiple links from all sorts of directions around Portland. If one of these doesn’t fit your needs, you can easily type in your own address and still use the destination coordinates listed on google maps to get you to the start line! We also listed the recommended routes (although all routes are very similar), so you can follow those if you would like. See you soon! From I-5 South option one (Marine Drive) option two (Columbia Blvd) *recommended From I-205 South option one (Columbia Blvd) *recommended option two (Marine Drive) From I-5 North (Vancouver) option one (Marine Drive) *recommended option two (Columbia Blvd) From NE 33rd from NE or SE Portland option one from Burnside

Walkers & Time Limits

WALKERS WELCOME! But, out of respect for residents, businesses, Tri-met, the City of Portland, and everyone that coexists in this great city of ours, we must follow restrictions on the time frame a course can be open. We’re working diligently with our friends with the City of Portland to make this event possible for a variety of abilities and we must mandate that participants maintain about a 16 min. mile. HOWEVER, the great thing about this course is that it allows for slower paces even if we open traffic back up (it’s on a bike path for the majority of the course!). This means we will be able to keep aid stations and the finish line open long enough for participants maintaining up to a 19 min. mile to finish! Read below for more info:

  • Here’s a typical scenario: You arrive at mile 9 at 10:45am (a 16:40 pace for the first 9 miles). You will STILL be on the Marine Drive Bike Path so any final aid stations will still be open for you! However, when you get to 33rd Ave. you might be required to stay on the shoulder/bike lane to complete the rest of your course (see below for traffic laws). When you finish at approximately 11:30, you arrive at the finish line with food, beer, medal, and a finish crew waiting to record your time! Presto! You have skirted the 15 min. rule with no problems as long as you follow traffic laws!
  • To reiterate, we want to support walkers in any way possible so we are trying our best to make this a wonderful course for you! Please let us know if you have any concerns and we will do our best to assuage your concerns.

*Note: For everyone’s safety, participants on the course after it reopens are required by law to follow all traffic rules, including using the sidewalks, cross walks, obeying cross walk signs, and not crossing streets while the traffic lights are red.

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