The groundhog did not see his shadow and—we’re happy to report—this very scientific method means we can look forward to an early spring season. We’re basically sprinting to spring—literally!—with places to train for a marathon in the Portland region.
Where to Train for Marathon in the Portland Region
Henry Hagg Lake Loop
Follow the perimeter of the lake and its outlying parts for 13 miles of dual hiking and biking trails. There are plenty of scenic rest stops with the park’s observation sites.
Banks-Vernonia State Trail
The car-less 21-mile trail may be a runner’s perfect training ground. A wide and paved path provides plenty of room for runners, cyclists and the occasional equestrian to take in the scenic views of this rails-to-trails project.
Rock Creek Trail
If you’re training has you on shorter mileage day or you are on a couch-to-5K plan, then the Rock Creek Trail is a fantastic 3.5-mile trail in Hillsboro. In just a few miles, you’ll run past forests, wetlands, meadows and a variety of recreation areas.
Spring Running Events in Portland Region
Vernonia Marathon and Half-Marathon
April 14 | 8:00 a.m. start | Registration $65-$80
This Boston Marathon qualifier is run on a point-to-point course, with 23 miles closed to vehicular traffic.
Tillamook Burn Trail Run
April 27-28 | 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. start | Registration $115-$150
This event is for the ultramarathoner with a 50-mile and 50K option. The running course passes through the lush Tillamook Forest Center, providing views of waterfalls, spring blooms and fresh air coming in from the Oregon coastal range.
Hagg Lake Road Runs – 10.5-mile, 10K and 5K
May 4 | 9:00 a.m. start | Registration $35-$45
A popular sporting destination, take in views of the sparkling lake while you knock out a few miles.
Hippie Chick Half-Marathon, Quarter-Marathon and 5K
May 11 | 8:00 a.m. start | Registration $35-$45
Annually held over Mother’s Day weekend, this all-women event is fueled by female power.
Helvetia Half Marathon, 10K and 5K
June 8 | 8:00 a.m. start | Registration $39-$85
Often touted as one of the best half marathons in the northwest, this event displays the breathtaking views of the Tualatin Valley’s country roads.
First, find places to train for a marathon near Portland. Then, fall in love with your training grounds in the Tualatin Valley so much that you sign up for one of the spring running events happening here.
Ancestry Brewing 5K Fun Run
March 9 | 11 a.m. start | Registration $30-$40
With no medals, this is a great entry point for new runners who don’t need a competitive edge to lace up their sneakers. Of course, there’s beer at the end of the run.