Dec. 8th, 2019: The BIGGEST Holiday Race in the region!

Get in the holiday spirit and bookend your race season with Portland’s favorite winter Half Marathon, 5K, and new 10K in December! All races now start and finish at the beautiful LEED Platinum-certified Daimler Trucks North America campus on Swan Island and feature carolers and cookies along the course!

BONUS: All participants will now be treated to a gorgeous Willamette waterfront section and have tons of parking immediately around the venue. No shuttles! Whether it’s GINGERBREAD COOKIE AID STATIONS, CAROLERS on the course, pictures with our lovable mascot, Freddi the Yeti, or the fun North Portland courses, this event is sure to leave you and your friends and family smiling all the way home! 

Read below for more course information and race details.


(strollers allowed, no pets)

  • $65, GROUP REGISTRATION (10 or more):  (until Sept. 4th)
  • $69, includes LS tech shirt, medal, & commemorative bib! (until Sept. 4th)
  • $75, includes LS tech shirt, medal, & commemorative bib!(September 5th-October 15th)
  • $70, GROUP REGISTRATION (10 or more)  includes LS tech shirt, medal, & commemorative bib!(September 5th-Nov. 1st)
  • $80, includes LS tech shirt, medal, & commemorative bib! (Oct. 16th- Nov. 16th at 1pm)
  • $85, LS shirt size not guaranteed & commemorative medal (Nov. 16th until race caps)


(strollers allowed, no pets)

  • $44, GROUP REGISTRATION (10 or more): (until Sept. 4th)
  • $48, includes LS tech shirt, medal, & commemorative bib! (until Sept. 4th)
  • $55, includes LS tech shirt, medal, & commemorative bib!(September 5th-October 15th)
  • $50, GROUP REGISTRATION (10 or more)  includes LS tech shirt, medal, & commemorative bib!(September 5th-Nov. 1st)
  • $59, includes LS tech shirt, medal, & commemorative bib! (Oct. 16th-Nov. 16th at 1pm)
  • $64, shirt not guaranteed & commemorative medal (Nov. 16th until race fills and closes)


(strollers allowed, no pets)

  • $32, GROUP REGISTRATION (10 or more): (until Sept. 4th)
  • $35, includes LS tech shirt, medal, & commemorative bib! (until Sept. 4th)
  • $39, includes LS tech shirt, medal, & commemorative bib! (September 5th-October 15th)
  • $35, GROUP REGISTRATION (10 or more)  includes LS tech shirt, medal, & commemorative bib!(September 5th-Nov. 1st)
  • $44, includes LS tech shirt, medal, & commemorative bib! (Oct. 16th-Nov 16th at 1pm)
  • $49, shirt size not guaranteed, includes commemorative medal (Nov. 16th until race caps)

BIB PICK-UP DATES (4 to choose from!):

It is HIGHLY recommended that you pick up your packet on one of these four days to ease congestion race morning.

Sunday, Dec 2nd 

Foot Traffic West, 13306 NW Cornell Rd., 11am-4pm

Thursday, Dec 6th

Foot Traffic Vancouver, 305 SE Chkalov Dr., 11am-6:30pm

Friday, Dec. 7th

Foot Traffic Southeast, 7718 SE 13th Ave, 11am-6:30pm

Saturday, Dec.8th

Foot Traffic Northeast, 4020 NE Fremont St., 10am-3pm


(times are subject to change per permitting and course arrangements)


8:00am: WAVE/CORRAL ONE (9 min pace and under)

8:02am: WAVE/CORRAL TWO (9-11min pace)

8:04am: WAVE/CORRAL THREE (11 min pace over)

8:15am: WAVE/CORRAL ONE (12 min pace under)

8:16am: WAVE/CORRAL TWO (12 min pace over)

*Tentative/subject to change with advanced notice prior to race. Please check back in before race day and look for pre race emails.


The Venue: Race in the morning in a farm land paradise and head back to town with a gorgeous medal around your neck and plenty of time for your Fourth of July celebrations that afternoon/evening! Looking for the perfect place to start the festivities for your Fourth of July holiday? Look no further than Sauvie Island, the pastoral island paradise just 20 minutes north of downtown Portland. Start your morning off with sunrise views of Mt. Hood, Mt. Saint Helens, and Mt. Adams as you cross over the majestic Sauvie Island Bridge. When you get to the venue at the famous Pumpkin Patch farm and market, you’ll recognize right away that life on the farm is the best way to spend your Fourth of July morning. Replete with a petting zoo, produce market, gift shop, espresso cart, and acres of lush farmland, the Pumpkin Patch is the perfect venue to calm your pre-race nerves and allow you to appreciate the natural beauty all around you.

Race Temps: Did you know that the average high temp for July 4th in Portland is 76 degrees with a low of 56? That’s good news for you! Race day temps usually hover in the low 60’s and rise into the 70’s by 12 pm (can rise into the upper 70’s by late morning).

The courses: Just about the flattest and fastest half and full marathon on the West Coast. But in addition to the fast times expected from completing this event, the splendor of Sauvie Island awaits all runners and walkers that visit. Thousands of songbirds, majestic bald eagles, scenic waterways, and picturesque working farmland are just a few of the sights that await you. Both the half and full are certified road courses. The 10K and 5K are professionally measured and also very flat road courses.

Strawberry Stations on course: New for 2018! Strawberry-themed aid station for each race! All races will have one special “strawberry station” that will feature fresh strawberries, strawberry sweets, and strawberry lemonade! Super strawberry boost coming up ahead!

The Medal (bling!): Every year our medals get rave review from our participants. This year is no exception with a design that is nod to the beautify you see when you arrive onto the island. The sun slides and “rises” over the iconic bridge and fields just as you’ll witness when you arrive on race morning! Two race medals sizes: 4″ medals for the half/full finishers (with separate specific finisher ribbons for each race) and a 3″ medal for the 5K/10K too! Kids race also get medals!

After you finish, all participants are treated to refreshing and scrumptious island-fresh strawberry shortcake, hot dogs, veggie dogs, and other snacks and fruit! Our gracious hosts, The Pumpkin Patch, also have a petting zoo for the kiddos, tractor rides, espresso stand, gift shop, and an awesome farmers market so you can shop for items to take home that afternoon. For more information on Sauvie Island, check out their informative website. In addition to the many physical benefits of running & walking, we feel that one should always pursue the benefits of academic and research-based stimulation! Click here to expand your geographical horizons!


CLICK HERE for the Kids race course! 1 kilometer starting and finishing at the same location as the adult races. A mix of gravel, grass, and dirt, this course pretty much just circles the main Pumpkin Patch group of buildings and barns. The kid’s race will have a clock at the finish but will not be chip timed or have formal results. The medals will have a spot for parents to write their child’s time on the back.


busTICKETS are available in store for cash or check or online within the registration or separatelyClick here for a map of the shuttle start location. A shuttle takes you from NW Portland in front of the Silver Cloud Inn (2426 NW Vaughn St.) all the way to Sauvie Island & back! We highly recommend taking a shuttle from NW Portland given that it helps eliminate traffic and is super convenient and saves you the hassle and the gas money!  Last year over 1000 participants high-tailed it to the start and got there on time and let the bus drivers do all the work! It’s well worth it! However, this is not a mandatory shuttle and is meant to alleviate congestion at the start (which it has succeeded in exceptionally well!). Buses leave as they are filled starting at 5am and return as they are filled starting at 9 am or whenever the first bus fills for a return trip.

Click here for the bus schedule and more information!  Yes, spectators can ride the shuttle! See spectator information below for bike information and other details as well.


Like many races we have a no refund policy but we do allow transfers. Transfers from race to race and between participants are free until June 1st. After June 1st there is a $10 fee to change from person to person and to drop down in distance to cover the new bib and chip. Transfers are allowed through packet pickups but are not allowed on race day. If you have questions or wish to transfer email

Train with hundreds of others at similar paces and abilities with either one of these fantastic training programs ranging from 5K to Half Marathon goal events!


Foot Traffic University is Portland’s original & most-trusted training program focusing on the 10K or Half Marathon distances. GREAT for those new to the sport or those that are interested in continuing their training with hundreds of others of all paces and experience levels. Pace mentors for runners AND walkers with groups ranging from 8 min. miles to over 20 min. miles! Meets every Saturday at 8am at a variety of Portland-Metro locations.

Session Two Sign-ups continue into late August and ALL ABILITIES are encouraged to register. Remember, it’s much easier to complete a goal when working with similarly focused individuals. Plus…learn lots of great training tips, take advantage of unlimited email contact with experienced coaches, and have fun running or walking beautiful, unique courses around Portland. See you soon!


Meets at various locations and various parks throughout the Portland Metro area including Lake Oswego, Downtown Portland, Northeast Portland, Vancouver, and more!


Most Saturdays at 8am. Locations and schedule will be emailed to registered participants.  Session One’s first meeting is on January 28th at the NE Foot Traffic (click here for directions) at 8am. Please be prepared for a very LIGHT jog or walk that morning.

Half Marathon Program: Jan. 28th-July 4th

6 months of training group workouts, guest speakers, & more! Prepares you for the July 4th, Foot Traffic Flat Half on July 4th or other half marathons of your choosing.

COST: $95 New Members, $70 for returning members (must register in store for this price)


10K and 5K Programs: Jan 28th through April

3 months of training, group workouts, guest speakers, & more! Prepares you for an event of your choosing. Recommended events are the Hop Hop 5K and the Race for the Roses.

COST: $65 New Members, $45 for returning members (must register in store for this price)



Introducing the BEST all-women’s training program in Portland for ALL abilities of runners and walkers! Whether you are a woman just trying to start to get active again or you are looking to improve upon your existing fitness, the Foot Traffic Women’s Academy is for YOU!

Women of all abilities and ages will be represented in the program and joined by “pace supporters” and coaches for all paces. The emphasis is on lifestyle and holistic health rather than performance and speed.  The program partners with hospitals, local businesses, fitness professionals, nutritionists and physical therapists to help members navigate the world of fitness. In addition, the program is designed to also help cancer survivors that may need to bond with other survivors while training for an event or just to start or maintain a healthy lifestyle.

With an overall “wellness” focus, this program goes beyond simply training for a particular event and is a great opportunity to meet with like-minded women to start or maintain a healthy lifestyle. The weekly weekend meetings include tips and discussions from nutritionists, trainers, physical therapists, doctors and representatives in the footwear, apparel, and accessory industry.

The Academy serves all levels and abilities starting at age 17 and up to seniors and will have motivating supporters of all ages and experience backgrounds including members of local track and cross country programs.

Membership includes a free super-cute women’s specific shirt,

professional coaching both for runners and walkers, tons of free gear and exclusive discounts on related gear, organized weekly meetings, as well as weekly schedules delivered via email for each pace group’s specific workout to do on your own. What really separates this program from any other is the unparalleled camaraderie of an all-women’s environment discussing topics and issues of the utmost importance to women of all ages.

We can’t wait to see you there, so register now and bring a friend!


(or print waiver at bottom of page and mail in registration)


5K and 10K Programs: February through -April

Prepares you for a 5K or 10K of your choice. Recommended events are the Hop Hop 5K and the Race for the Roses 5K or 10K.

1/2 Marathon Program: February through July 4th

Prepares you for a half marathon of your choice. Recommended half marathon is the Foot Traffic Flat Half Marathon on Sauvie Island on the Fourth of July.


Relax after the race with some scrumptious island-fresh strawberry shortcake, icing pools, berry picking and shopping at the Pumpkin Patch, and some All-American grub with some hot dogs (and veggie dogs) compliments of the Pumpkin Patch Patio Cafe’.

Awards and Goodies for All

Medals to all half and full marathon as well as the 10K and 5K finishers. Awards to age group winners and LOTS of door prizes for ALL finishers after the race. Awards will be handed out throughout the morning as people finish, so listen for announcements and your bib number! There will be no official awards ceremony due to the varied finish times, but we do have winners “cups” to be handed out to anyone that wins their age group!

Fantastic Fundraiser

We have raised over $525,000 for both the fire department, the Sauvie Island community, and many other local charities, schools, and non-profits! The residents of Sauvie Island are truly appreciative of your support and can’t wait to host you on their pastoral paradise once again! Thank you!


A common question leading up to the event is whether spectators and family can drive the course or come to the island after the race has started. Our best answers for these questions are as follows:

Spectators are NOT allowed to drive around the island while the race is going on. The roads aren’t completely closed, but traffic is only reserved for island residents.

• Spectators CAN get onto the island after the race has started, but since the one bridge onto the island is just under 2 miles from the start line, you may have to wait awhile once the race gets going. We STRONGLY ADVISE all participants and spectators to make the trip out together to save gas, save space, and ease congestion! If you absolutely cannot do this, then you should probably arrive after 8am to assure easier access to the island.

• Spectators CAN park and ride a BIKE around the island to different spots! This is likely the BEST opportunity for spectating. There are plenty of gravel pull-outs for bikers given the country setting of the race. A good place to rent is the 21st Ave bikes in NW Portland at Spectators can bring bikes onto the shuttle buses and pull into the aisles as space allows, but please budget accordingly given that some of the buses could be full with other bikes.

• YES, one lane around the island is ostensibly closed by all practical means. With over 2,000 runners and walkers looping around the island on a two lane road in a clockwise fashion, traffic is limited to local access only. For emergencies, traffic is allowed to access runners. The best idea for getting to the other side and watching your family or friends is to bike! It’s cleaner and safer!

Our 2019 Sponsor Hotel:
Silver Cloud Inn

The Silver Cloud Inn is our official race hotel. They are one of the closest hotels to the race start and we guarantee you’ll have a great night’s sleep before the race in one of their great rooms! Remodeled rooms and right next to the shuttle location, so if you are from out of town and want to take the shuttle, this is the place to be! Plus, it’s a super convenient location near the Downtown corridor and close to restaurants and shopping and our Downtown Foot Traffic store is accessible via public transit to pick up your bib.  The hotel books up quickly, so reserve soon! VIEW SILVER CLOUD RATE SHEET HERE


(Sure, the course is awesome and we shut down half of North Portland, but this event is about the FULL experience!)

MEDALS: All finishers of the Half marathon will receive a LARGE and ornate festive finishers medal! Our medals are guaranteed to make you smile!  10K and 5K finishers will also receive their own beautiful medal this year as well!

LONG SLEEVE SHIRTS & Gear: All registrants that sign up before Nov. 10th will get one of our popular long-sleeve tech shirts! These shirts are available to those that register before the shirt deadline and come in men’s and women’s sizing. Both the long sleeve tech shirt and other commemorative gear will be available for individual sale at the event and the packet pick up days for those that would like to purchase one in addition or for those that missed the cut off date.

CAROLERS ON COURSE: Caroling groups will be scattered throughout the course to give you a hearty dose of holiday cheer as you pass by. From girl scouts, to youth groups, to school choir classes, the community will be bundled up and ready to cheer you on!

GINGERBREAD AID STATIONS: Both the half marathon and the 5K courses will feature a special “SANTA’S GINGERBREAD COOKIE” station to provide you that little extra motivation to get through the course! Costumed purveyors of cookies will greet you with a platter full of cookies and a whole lotta cheer.

POST RACE ENTERTAINMENT: The finish venue is magically transformed into a holiday extravaganza. Heated tents at the finish venue create a wonderful and safe meeting place for post-race photo ops, conversation, beer drinking and more. Vendors selling products and giving away freebies will be there to peruse and investigate as you revel in a race well done.

FOOD: Our friends at Deschutes Brewery will be there once again to serve you some of their award-winning brews. A hearty protein-rich recovery soup and a variety of samples and snacks from sponsors and vendors will also be there to replenish all your calories expended on the course!

POST RACE MUSIC: Our DJ will be spinning holiday beats all morning long inside the gym! From classic holiday songs to some more upbeat music.

AWARDS CEREMONY and RANDOM DOOR PRIZES: There are no official awards ceremonies, but we will have age group winner awards available and will post all results and age group results inside the gym at the main stage and announce some of the results throughout the morning. We also give away random prizes to everyone all morning long!

COSTUME CONTEST: Our DJ will offer costume contest competitions all morning long so nobody misses out, regardless of finish times. Head up to the stage, let them know you want to enter, and he’ll include you in the next “runway” exposition of costumes for the crowd. Team and individual contests offered.

The Holiday Half is excited to be the official MEDAL race for the Oregon Half Marathon Series! That means more medal opportunities for you! Click the logo for more info about the series!

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