May 17 2015
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Rock ‘n’ Roll Portland on Pace to Sell-Out

  • More than 13,000 registered for Portland’s first 13.1-mile mash-up of music and running
  • Entertainment, music-themed road race to kickoff Rose Festival on May 20, 2012
  • Limited half-marathon entries available online at

Portland, OR – April 6, 2012 – Time is ticking for runners hoping to rock ‘n’ roll along 13.1 miles of Portland’s most scenic landscapes, with the inaugural Rock ‘n’ Roll Portland Half Marathon poised to sell-out quickly.

More than 13,000 runners have already registered for the race, which will kick off the annual Rose Festival on Sunday, May 20. The unique race format will feature live, local bands playing on band stages each mile, along with enthusiastic cheerleaders and thousands of encouraging spectators lining the route. The event concludes with a free finish line festival and headliner concert in the footprint of Rose Festival CityFair’s RoZone concert venue.

“Portland has such a strong running community and we knew it would be a perfect city for a Rock ‘n’ Roll race,” said Zoe Griesbach, Event Director. “Nevertheless, we’re thrilled by the response and excitement from runners and we encourage anyone hoping to participate to sign up soon.”

The half-marathon start venue will be located on Naito Parkway, which is adjacent to downtown Portland’s scenic Tom McCall Waterfront Park alongside the Willamette River. After a short tour of downtown, runners will enjoy the first of two bridge crossings as they head to beautiful east Portland.  There they will experience an eclectic mix of Portland neighborhoods, gorgeous Laurelhurst Park and a wonderful downhill finish heading back towards downtown on Lloyd Blvd. After the final crossing on the iconic Steel Bridge, runners finish back at the Waterfront Park on Naito Parkway at the corner of Salmon Street. 

“We are thrilled with the popularity of the inaugural Rock ‘n’ Roll Portland Half Marathon,” said Jeff Curtis, CEO of the Rose Festival. “The excitement throughout the community has been tremendous. There is no better way to celebrate the beginning of the Rose Festival than with a music-filled running event that will connect with our eastside neighborhoods showcasing the great character of the Rose City.”

A free two-day Health and Fitness Expo will kickoff event weekend on Friday, May 18 and Saturday, May 19 at the Oregon Convention Center. The expo is free and open to the public featuring the latest health and nutrition information with a variety of products for sample and sale, as well as a series of interactive fitness clinics.

Event weekend concludes with a finish line concert at Waterfront Park. Past Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon headliners have included SEAL, Blues Traveler, Journey, B-52s, Goo Goo Dolls and Bret Michaels. The headliner act for Rock ‘n’ Roll Portland will be announced at a later date.

 For more information or to register for the event, please visit


Schedule of Events

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Race Day

Half Marathon & 10K Start Time: 8:15am
Event Details | Course Information

May 15-16, 2015

Health & Fitness Expo

Oregon Convention Center, Hall C-D
Friday, May 15: 12pm – 6pm
Saturday, May 16: 9am – 5pm
Expo Details