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Portland Gets Ready to Rock ‘n’ Roll as Rose Festival Kicks Off


  • Bands announced for 2nd annual half marathon on Sunday, May 19
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  • Visitors from 10 countries, 48 states to bring $14 million in economic impact

Portland, OR – May 1, 2013 – Spring brings the return of the Portland Rose Festival, which will kick off with 10,000 pairs of running shoes hitting the pavement and touring the city sights at the 2nd annual Rock ‘n’ Roll Portland Half Marathon. The race takes place Sunday, May 19.

“About half the runners will be coming from outside the state of Oregon, and we’re welcoming visitors from 10 different countries,” said Jeff Curtis, CEO of the Portland Rose Festival. “In addition to the $14 million in estimated economic impact those folks will bring during their stay, Rock ‘n’ Roll Portland is a wonderful medium to showcase our beautiful city to such a wide spectrum of visitors who will surely want to return.”

The course, which starts and finishes downtown, will start on Naito Parkway and finish in beautiful Waterfront Park. Runners will take off along the serene waterfront, heading into East Portland via the Hawthorne Bridge, alongside Laurelhurst Park and across the iconic Steel Bridge before returning downtown to Waterfront Park. A rousing post-race concert and finish line festival will welcome finishers and their families as headliner Andy Grammer performs live. The concert is free and open to the public.

Live bands will mark every mile along the route, enlivening the race experience with a wide variety of Portland-borne sounds. Local acts like Geno Michael & Soulcity (soul/funk/R&B), Randy Foote & the Skankin’ Yankees (reggae) and Running with Scissors (rock) will mix with diverse styles like Portland Taiko, a group of Japanese drummers, and Portland School of Rock, fronted by local students who play like professionals.

To offset the event’s environmental footprint, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Portland Half Marathon has purchased carbon credits which will go towards the Choco-Darien Reforestation Project in South America. The credits will offset a total of 230 metric tons of carbon, approximately the same output as nine trucks, event space at the Health & Fitness Expo, and waste produced during the course of the race. Sustainable Travel International is assisting the event in sponsoring these carbon offsets.

“We’re always looking for ways to improve and lessen our impact while putting on a world-class running event,” said Alex Bennett, Event Director. “Portland is a truly beautiful city with amazing scenery and a strong running community. We’re looking forward to bringing Rock ‘n’ Roll back to the City of Roses for a second successful year.”

The Health & Fitness Expo will kickoff event weekend on Friday, May 17 at the Portland Expo 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.


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