Beginner Friendly Running Events in Oregon

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JUN8
Helvetia Half Marathon, 5/10K
Hillsboro, OR, United States

Register now for the Helvetia Half Marathon, 5K, or 10K run/walk. We are excited for the annual running of this award winning event where you Leave the City Behind. Come enjoy this scenic course with breathtaking views of the gorgeous countryside in rural Washington County.

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Helvetia Half Marathon, 5/10K

Hillsboro Stadium, 4450 NE Century Blvd, Hillsboro, OR 97124, USAView event
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Register now for the Helvetia Half Marathon, 5K, or 10K run/walk. We are excited for the annual running of this award winning event where you Leave the City Behind. Come enjoy this scenic course with breathtaking views of the gorgeous countryside in rural Washington County.

$45 - $65
Helvetia Half Marathon, 5/10K
JUN8
Foam Glow – Portland

Walk, run or dance your way through the awesomely fun Portland Foam Glow. Bound to be one of your favorite nights of the year as you and family and friends get blasted by colored foam along the course. Come for some craziness, some great music and to support local charities.

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Foam Glow – Portland

55 SW Yamhill St, Portland, OR 97204, USAView event
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From the organiser

Walk, run or dance your way through the awesomely fun Portland Foam Glow. Bound to be one of your favorite nights of the year as you and family and friends get blasted by colored foam along the course. Come for some craziness, some great music and to support local charities.

$20
Foam Glow – Portland
JUN9
Portland Parks & Recreation $5 5K Run - Westmoreland Park

Portland Parks & Recreation's Annual 5K Fun Run Series are family-friendly 5K races that take place monthly from April through October at parks throughout the Portland area. We celebrate participation of all ages, along with athleticism and friendly competition. We welcome new walkers and runners, as well as our seasoned racers. On race day participants have the opportunity to time themselves using our sports clock and every finisher gets a ribbon! Each event features:

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Portland Parks & Recreation $5 5K Run - Westmoreland Park

Portland, OR, USAView event
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From the organiser

Portland Parks & Recreation's Annual 5K Fun Run Series are family-friendly 5K races that take place monthly from April through October at parks throughout the Portland area. We celebrate participation of all ages, along with athleticism and friendly competition. We welcome new walkers and runners, as well as our seasoned racers. On race day participants have the opportunity to time themselves using our sports clock and every finisher gets a ribbon! Each event features:

Free - $10
Portland Parks & Recreation $5 5K Run - Westmoreland Park
JUN15
Canby 5K

Please join Canby Country Financial for the annual Canby 5k Walk/Run, 10k Run only event.Proceeds go to Canby Young Life / Wyldlife area support and summer campers. We also support Canby High School Cross Country team.

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Canby 5K

103 SW 1st Ave, Canby, OR 97013, USAView event
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From the organiser

Please join Canby Country Financial for the annual Canby 5k Walk/Run, 10k Run only event.Proceeds go to Canby Young Life / Wyldlife area support and summer campers. We also support Canby High School Cross Country team.

$30
Canby 5K
JUN15
Grateful Dad Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

Grab good ole dad, pops, poppa, padre, dadio, old man or whatever you like to call him and join us for this fun-filled event that celebrates dad on Fathers Day weekend! The Grateful Dad is a Half Marathon 10K and 5K for the entire family that runs along the beautiful Columbia River with sweet views of the cascade range. Stick around after for a Grateful family breakfast, a groovy beer garden and some sweet tunes to fill the air!

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Grateful Dad Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

Portland, OR, USAView event
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From the organiser

Grab good ole dad, pops, poppa, padre, dadio, old man or whatever you like to call him and join us for this fun-filled event that celebrates dad on Fathers Day weekend! The Grateful Dad is a Half Marathon 10K and 5K for the entire family that runs along the beautiful Columbia River with sweet views of the cascade range. Stick around after for a Grateful family breakfast, a groovy beer garden and some sweet tunes to fill the air!

$27 - $89
Grateful Dad Half Marathon, 10K & 5K
JUN22
Your Next Step is the Cure - Lung Live Run/Walk Portland

We are stronger together!

Two of the leading lung cancer organizations are joining forces to create one of the largest run/walk events for lung cancer on the West Coast!

Join Lung Cancer Alliance and Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation at Laurelhurst Park on Saturday, June 22, 2019, as we unite two of the biggest events for lung cancer:

Lung Love Run/Walk Portland and Your Next Step is the Cure. Dont miss this day of family fun as we run/walk together to raise awareness and funds in our fight against lung cancer.

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Your Next Step is the Cure - Lung Live Run/Walk Portland

Portland, OR, USAView event
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From the organiser

We are stronger together!

Two of the leading lung cancer organizations are joining forces to create one of the largest run/walk events for lung cancer on the West Coast!

Join Lung Cancer Alliance and Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation at Laurelhurst Park on Saturday, June 22, 2019, as we unite two of the biggest events for lung cancer:

Lung Love Run/Walk Portland and Your Next Step is the Cure. Dont miss this day of family fun as we run/walk together to raise awareness and funds in our fight against lung cancer.

$15 - $30
Your Next Step is the Cure - Lung Live Run/Walk Portland
JUL4
Independence Day 5K/10K/Half Marathon
Saint Paul, OR, United States

This year brings us to beautiful Champoeg State Park.nEnjoy Rogue Beer and Burgers/Garden Burgers after running or walking this amazing course that runs through the park and along the Willamette River. Champoeg State Park is the perfect setting to celebrate our national pastime of working hard and partying in equal measure.

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Independence Day 5K/10K/Half Marathon

8239 Champoeg Rd NE, St Paul, OR 97137, USAView event
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From the organiser

This year brings us to beautiful Champoeg State Park.nEnjoy Rogue Beer and Burgers/Garden Burgers after running or walking this amazing course that runs through the park and along the Willamette River. Champoeg State Park is the perfect setting to celebrate our national pastime of working hard and partying in equal measure.

$49 - $69
Independence Day 5K/10K/Half Marathon
JUL4
C.A.T. Walk & Fun Run
Hillsboro, OR, United States

This year, funds raised from the race will provide travel and accommodation assistance for patients receiving treatment at OHSU Tuality Healthcare, as well as support capital improvements and state-of-the art equipment investments in Tualitys cancer care facilities.

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C.A.T. Walk & Fun Run

Hillsboro, OR, USAView event
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From the organiser

This year, funds raised from the race will provide travel and accommodation assistance for patients receiving treatment at OHSU Tuality Healthcare, as well as support capital improvements and state-of-the art equipment investments in Tualitys cancer care facilities.

$20 - $30
C.A.T. Walk & Fun Run
JUL6
Lostine River Run
Lostine, OR, United States

Come to beautiful Wallowa County for a one of the oldest running events in Eastern Oregon. You will enjoy a course that is breathtaking in its scenic beauty. You can choose to run either a 5K or 10K that is mostly downhill as it follows the Lostine River into the small town of Lostine, or a flat 1 mile out-and-back. The main sponsor of the Lostine River Run is the Rotary Club of Wallowa County. Rotary proceeds benefit the Memorial Scholarship Funds.

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Lostine River Run

619 Elizabeth St, Lostine, OR 97857, USAView event
About the event
From the organiser

Come to beautiful Wallowa County for a one of the oldest running events in Eastern Oregon. You will enjoy a course that is breathtaking in its scenic beauty. You can choose to run either a 5K or 10K that is mostly downhill as it follows the Lostine River into the small town of Lostine, or a flat 1 mile out-and-back. The main sponsor of the Lostine River Run is the Rotary Club of Wallowa County. Rotary proceeds benefit the Memorial Scholarship Funds.

$10 - $20
Lostine River Run
JUL13
Lyles Myles

After years of finishing runs at the back of the pack, local denizen Lyle Smith decided it was time for a change. For his 60th Birthday, Lyle devised a race that would guarantee a win by adding one extra rule anyone who crosses the finish line before him is disqualified. For 21 years Lyle has taken first place in this event (go figure). However, there is no dishonor in being disqualified, as trophies are given out for runners/walkers that are the Fastest Disqualified in their age group.

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Lyles Myles

Vancouver, WA, USAView event
About the event
From the organiser

After years of finishing runs at the back of the pack, local denizen Lyle Smith decided it was time for a change. For his 60th Birthday, Lyle devised a race that would guarantee a win by adding one extra rule anyone who crosses the finish line before him is disqualified. For 21 years Lyle has taken first place in this event (go figure). However, there is no dishonor in being disqualified, as trophies are given out for runners/walkers that are the Fastest Disqualified in their age group.

$15
Lyles Myles
JUL13
Caledonian Games
Athena, OR, United States

Welcome to Athena, Oregon for the Caledonian Games fun run. You can choose from either a 1 mile run or walk, or a 5K run or walk. The race kicks off a full day of Scottish celebration, called the Caledonian Games.

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Caledonian Games

Athena City Park, Athena, OR 97813, USAView event
About the event
From the organiser

Welcome to Athena, Oregon for the Caledonian Games fun run. You can choose from either a 1 mile run or walk, or a 5K run or walk. The race kicks off a full day of Scottish celebration, called the Caledonian Games.

$5
Caledonian Games
JUL14
Portland Parks & Recreation 5K Run - Columbia Park

Portland Parks & Recreation's 8th Annual 5K Fun Run Series are family-friendly 5K races that take place monthly from April through October at parks throughout the Portland area. We celebrate participation of all ages, along with athleticism and friendly competition. We welcome new walkers and runners, as well as our seasoned racers. On race day participants have the opportunity to time themselves using our sports clock.

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Portland Parks & Recreation 5K Run - Columbia Park

Portland, OR, USAView event
About the event
From the organiser

Portland Parks & Recreation's 8th Annual 5K Fun Run Series are family-friendly 5K races that take place monthly from April through October at parks throughout the Portland area. We celebrate participation of all ages, along with athleticism and friendly competition. We welcome new walkers and runners, as well as our seasoned racers. On race day participants have the opportunity to time themselves using our sports clock.

$10
Portland Parks & Recreation 5K Run - Columbia Park
JUL20
Bubble Run – Portland

This is where you'll find all of the information you will need for race day and the days leading up to it. Please plan on arriving 60-90 minutes prior to your wave start to give yourself plenty of time to park, get your Bubble RUN swag, check in if needed, and get situated.

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Bubble Run – Portland

55 SW Yamhill St, Portland, OR 97204, USAView event
About the event
From the organiser

This is where you'll find all of the information you will need for race day and the days leading up to it. Please plan on arriving 60-90 minutes prior to your wave start to give yourself plenty of time to park, get your Bubble RUN swag, check in if needed, and get situated.

$40
Bubble Run – Portland
JUL20
Ladybug Run for CDH Awareness
Tigard, OR, United States

This is the eighth annual running of this unique and popular 5K/10K race on July 20th.

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Ladybug Run for CDH Awareness

17005 SW 92nd Ave, Tigard, OR 97224, USAView event
About the event
From the organiser

This is the eighth annual running of this unique and popular 5K/10K race on July 20th.

$15 - $45
Ladybug Run for CDH Awareness
JUL28
Beaverton Sun Run
Beaverton, OR, United States

The Beaverton Sun Run is a 10k/5k Run & Walk. Our goal is to raise funds to support the great programs that Beaverton Rotary does in our community.

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Beaverton Sun Run

9923 SW Arctic Dr, Beaverton, OR 97005, USAView event
About the event
From the organiser

The Beaverton Sun Run is a 10k/5k Run & Walk. Our goal is to raise funds to support the great programs that Beaverton Rotary does in our community.

$30
Beaverton Sun Run
AUG2
Crawfish Crawl Twilight 5K
Tualatin, OR, United States

Dont miss this August family tradition, the Les Schwab Tires Tualatin Crawfish Crawl a cool morning 5K , 10k and Relay Run/Walk at the Tualatin Community Park. Enjoy the beautiful course through Durham City Park and Cook Park. Race starts at 7:30am and will be finishing right as the Tualatin Crawfish Festival opens to the public. Its a perfect post-race party!

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Crawfish Crawl Twilight 5K

18820 SW Boones Ferry Rd, Tualatin, OR 97062, USAView event
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From the organiser

Dont miss this August family tradition, the Les Schwab Tires Tualatin Crawfish Crawl a cool morning 5K , 10k and Relay Run/Walk at the Tualatin Community Park. Enjoy the beautiful course through Durham City Park and Cook Park. Race starts at 7:30am and will be finishing right as the Tualatin Crawfish Festival opens to the public. Its a perfect post-race party!

$35
Crawfish Crawl Twilight 5K
AUG3
Country Girl

Join us annual Country Girl Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K! This is an all womens event. The Country Girl starts and finishes at the historic Kliever Memorial Armory and runs along the beautiful Columbia River with amazing views of the Cascade mountains. All courses are super flat and fast.

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Country Girl

Oregon Army National Guard Recruiting - Kliever, 1751, 10000 NE 33rd Dr, Portland, OR 97211, USAView event
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From the organiser

Join us annual Country Girl Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K! This is an all womens event. The Country Girl starts and finishes at the historic Kliever Memorial Armory and runs along the beautiful Columbia River with amazing views of the Cascade mountains. All courses are super flat and fast.

$8 - $79
Country Girl
AUG17
Roses on the River

We are proud to announce that for another year we are teaming up with the 2017 NWSL champion Portland Thorns FC for this awesome 5k run around the Portland waterfront! Bring your friends and family out to this super flat and fun 5k run on Saturday, August 17th. Later that evening join your fellow participants as we all head to Providence Park to cheer on the Portland Thorns FC against the Washington Spirit! All participants will receive a complimentary ticket to the match!

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Roses on the River

Waterfront Park Trail, Portland, OR, USAView event
About the event
From the organiser

We are proud to announce that for another year we are teaming up with the 2017 NWSL champion Portland Thorns FC for this awesome 5k run around the Portland waterfront! Bring your friends and family out to this super flat and fun 5k run on Saturday, August 17th. Later that evening join your fellow participants as we all head to Providence Park to cheer on the Portland Thorns FC against the Washington Spirit! All participants will receive a complimentary ticket to the match!

$45
Roses on the River
AUG24
Drug Free Run
La Grande, OR, United States

The annual Drug Free Run, sponsored by the Union County Safe Communities Coalition will be held on August 24. This event caters to the entire family and is open to people of all ages and experience levels. The Drug Free Run includes a 1 Mile Fun Run , 5K, 10K, All the runs will start and end at Owsley Canyon Trail Head.

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Drug Free Run

Mount Emily Recreation Area, 63571 Owsley Canyon Rd, La Grande, OR 97850, USAView event
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From the organiser

The annual Drug Free Run, sponsored by the Union County Safe Communities Coalition will be held on August 24. This event caters to the entire family and is open to people of all ages and experience levels. The Drug Free Run includes a 1 Mile Fun Run , 5K, 10K, All the runs will start and end at Owsley Canyon Trail Head.

$5 - $25
Drug Free Run
SEP14
AppleTree Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K

Join us for the 2nd Annual PEACEHEALTH APPLETREE Boston-Qualifying Marathon, Half Marathon & Sunset 5K. This "Run Through History" will take you on a flat, fast and scenic course through Fort Vancouver, Officer's Row, the Army Barracks, Pearson Airport - the oldest operating airport in the USA, the Historical Old Apple Tree, along the majestic Columbia River and many other historical vantage points. There's so much to see that the miles will fly by!

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AppleTree Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K

1101 Officers Row, Vancouver, WA 98661, USAView event
About the event
From the organiser

Join us for the 2nd Annual PEACEHEALTH APPLETREE Boston-Qualifying Marathon, Half Marathon & Sunset 5K. This "Run Through History" will take you on a flat, fast and scenic course through Fort Vancouver, Officer's Row, the Army Barracks, Pearson Airport - the oldest operating airport in the USA, the Historical Old Apple Tree, along the majestic Columbia River and many other historical vantage points. There's so much to see that the miles will fly by!

$45
AppleTree Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K
SEP21
Sunset on the Springwater Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

As the sun begins to set over the beautiful Portland skyline, get ready to run in a fast and flat half marathon or 10k through Sellwood and along the Springwater Corridor. The race starts and finishes at beautiful Sellwood Riverfront Park. Before the run, throw around the frisbee, jump in the river for a swim, or just relax in the sun.

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Sunset on the Springwater Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

Sellwood Riverfront Park, 1221 SE Oaks Park Way, Portland, OR 97202, USAView event
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From the organiser

As the sun begins to set over the beautiful Portland skyline, get ready to run in a fast and flat half marathon or 10k through Sellwood and along the Springwater Corridor. The race starts and finishes at beautiful Sellwood Riverfront Park. Before the run, throw around the frisbee, jump in the river for a swim, or just relax in the sun.

$22 - $74
Sunset on the Springwater Half Marathon, 10K & 5K
OCT5
Portland 5K

2nd Annual - the PORTLAND 5K welcomes you to the 5k PR Challenge. Ready, Set . . . Go! Set a course record, set a PR today.

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Portland 5K

SW 5th & Madison, SW 5th Ave, Portland, OR 97204, USAView event
About the event
From the organiser

2nd Annual - the PORTLAND 5K welcomes you to the 5k PR Challenge. Ready, Set . . . Go! Set a course record, set a PR today.

$30
Portland 5K
OCT13
Girlfriends Run for a Cure

The Annual Girlfriends Run for a Cure offers a Half Marathon, 10K & 5K designed specifically for women to get together to do something good for themselves and to help support a very important women's cause.

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Girlfriends Run for a Cure

Warehouse 23, 100 Columbia St #102, Vancouver, WA 98660, USAView event
About the event
From the organiser

The Annual Girlfriends Run for a Cure offers a Half Marathon, 10K & 5K designed specifically for women to get together to do something good for themselves and to help support a very important women's cause.

Free - $85
Girlfriends Run for a Cure
OCT13
Portland Parks & Recreation 5K Run - Delta Park

Portland Parks & Recreation's Annual 5K Fun Run Series are family-friendly 5K races that take place monthly from April through October at parks throughout the Portland area. We celebrate participation of all ages, along with athleticism and friendly competition. We welcome new walkers and runners, as well as our seasoned racers.

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Portland Parks & Recreation 5K Run - Delta Park

SW 5th & Madison, SW 5th Ave, Portland, OR 97204, USAView event
About the event
From the organiser

Portland Parks & Recreation's Annual 5K Fun Run Series are family-friendly 5K races that take place monthly from April through October at parks throughout the Portland area. We celebrate participation of all ages, along with athleticism and friendly competition. We welcome new walkers and runners, as well as our seasoned racers.

$10
Portland Parks & Recreation 5K Run - Delta Park
DEC7
Reindeer Run
St. Helens, OR, United States

Welcome to the annual running of the St. Helens Reindeer Run! Come join the fun! All funds raised will be donated to the Columbia County Toy-n-Joy, the Columbia Food Bank, and the St. Helens Police Academy.

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Reindeer Run

Rose Street Boutique, 2250 Columbia Blvd, St Helens, OR 97051, USAView event
About the event
From the organiser

Welcome to the annual running of the St. Helens Reindeer Run! Come join the fun! All funds raised will be donated to the Columbia County Toy-n-Joy, the Columbia Food Bank, and the St. Helens Police Academy.

$40 - $60
Reindeer Run
JUN2
Registration Perks
Legacy Estate Vineyard Run
Yamhill County, OR, United States

Be rewarded with amazing views, Williamette Valley's best wine, live music and more!

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Legacy Estate Vineyard Run

Eola Hills, Eola Hills, Oregon 97304, USAView event
About the event
From the organiser

Be rewarded with amazing views, Williamette Valley's best wine, live music and more!

$25 - $65
Legacy Estate Vineyard Run
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