Foot Traffic
4020 NE Fremont Street, Portland

Friday, March 31, noon to 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 1, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Convention Center Opens – 5:30 a.m.

Getting There & Parking
For helpful info about getting to the Oregon Convention Center visit:

You can find parking options at 

Dry Clothing Check Opens – 6:30 a.m.
A free dry clothing check is available at the designated area inside Exhibit Hall A. Unclaimed items will be donated to Albertina’s Closet.

Changing Races
You can change your race at Packet Pick up on March 31 and April 1. To ensure accurate results, your bib number must be affiliated with the correct race.

Start Times
Arrive at least 30 minutes before your start time. Line-up 10 minutes prior to each race’s start time. Start line is outside the convention center at NE 1st Avenue then turning onto NE Oregon Street. You must start on time with your designated race.

Half Marathon: 8 a.m.  |  10K Start: 8:20 a.m. | 5K Start: 8:35 a.m.


Awards will be given to Overall Male & Female. The top three males and females in each age division will also receive awards. Awards must be picked up at the event. The following times are approximate: 5K Awards: 10 a.m., 10K Awards: 10:30 a.m., Half Marathon Awards: 11 a.m. Awards may be delayed due to unforeseen circumstances.

Join Us for a Post-Race Celebration
Food, beverages and music will be available for participants after the race in Exhibit Hall A. Our generous sponsors donate all food and beverages.

All participants of legal drinking age are welcome to toast our 19th year by visiting the mimosa area in Exhibit Hall A. ID is required. Service closes at 11:30 a.m.

Finisher Medals
This year’s medal is a uniquely hand-crafted piece made by Albertina Kerr’s very own Port City program! Every 2017 Race for the Roses medal is part of career and social support for adults with developmental disabilities.

Race Results
Available online at

Available for sale for $15.


Course Time Limit
Our courses will stay open to accommodate a pace of 12–15 minutes per mile (the City of Portland restricts ALL running/walking events to this timetable to be considerate of commuters, residents and retailers). If you are unable to keep this pace, you will be asked to continue the race on the sidewalk for safety.

Emergency Response
EMTs will be located at the finish line and at mile 6.5 on the half marathon course. Please fill out the emergency contact information on the back of your race bib.

Runner/Walker Etiquette
Please don’t run or walk more than two abreast if you are running or walking in a group. Alert other participants when you are passing them—don’t assume they are aware of their surroundings.

Aid Stations
There will be water and electrolyte at the aid stations every two miles; five stations in all on the half marathon course. The 10K has four aid stations. The 5K has two aid stations. There will be portable toilets at each station.

Your timing tag will be affixed to the back of your bib. Make sure to wear the bib on the front of your shirt. Do not crumple your bib or remove the timing tag. Any participant who does not wear their bib will not be timed.

Finish Line Spectator Area
The Spectator Area is located outside the Convention Center at NE 1st and Oregon. For participants’ safety please stay in the designated areas. Make plans to meet your racer after they cross the finish line at the “Meet Up” area in Exhibit Hall A.

Strollers & Dogs
Strollers are welcome in the 5K only. Dogs are not allowed in any of the races. Thank you for your understanding.

The half marathon race course crosses train tracks twice. If a train does cross our course during the event all participants must follow directions from Portland Police and volunteers stationed at the tracks. There will be timing mats near the tracks so that the amount of time you were stopped can be deducted from your final time. If there is a train crossing, the Awards Ceremony may be delayed to ensure accurate ranking of participants. We do everything in our power to prevent race disruption.


Albertina Kerr strengthens Oregon families and communities by helping children and adults with developmental disabilities and mental health challenges, empowering them to live richer lives. All proceeds from Race for the Roses support Albertina Kerr’s programs and services. Thank you for joining our army of angels! 


Call our race hotline 971-563-5275