Road Running in Portland, OR
About Portland Road Running
Portland offers a variety of excellent options for road running. The Tom McCall Waterfront Park is a 40-acre park located downtown, on the west side of the Willamette River. For a longer road run, you can cross one of Portland’s beautiful bridges to enjoy the Eastbank Esplanade as well, making this a beautiful city loop. The Eastbank Esplanade is a project for habitat improvement for surrounding wildlife and riverbank restoration, a unique city running experience.
The Banks-Vernonia Trail is an 8-foot wide, 21-mile paved trail, converted from an old historic railroad, that extends from the town of Banks to the town of Vernonia. There are still expansive, restored trestles and elevated railroad platforms, giving runners a sense of history behind the old railroad. The surrounding scenery varies from open fields, mountain views, to sections canopied by trees. The trail is rarely crowded, with different trailheads, which it’s easy to adjust the length of the run.
Races: Bridge to Brews
Groups:Oregon Road Runners Club
This 40-acre park on the banks of the Willamette River is one of the best urban spaces for Portlandians interested in walking, running, and cycling. It's relatively flat, the scenery is subtly beautiful with the river and colorful cherry trees, and there are plenty of options you can take to make your jaunt as long or short as you'd like.
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