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PDX Runway Run

Saturday, September 24, 2016





Join the Portland International Airport and Hood to Coast Race Series in a one-of-a-kind opportunity to run or walk on PDX’s north runway. The Portland International Airport was just named best airport in the U.S. by Travel + Leisure for the fourth year in a row.

The PDX Runway Run is Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, and is a part of the year-long celebration of Portland International Airport’s 75th anniversary. The race is 6K, from one end of the north runway to the other end, and back. Register now; participants are limited to 2,500.

Hood to Coast Race Series is managing the race registration, event management, and administration. Registration includes a finisher medal, participant tech t-shirt, refreshments, partner village, PDX educational displays, and exclusive access to the north runway. This is a timed event with awards given out to the top finishing participants.



To complete the registration process, each participant and volunteer must provide his or her full legal name and date of birth so a background check can be completed. The first, middle and last name entered at online registration must match a valid, government-issued photo identification presented during the day of the event. If your identity cannot be verified, or if you do not pass the background check, you will not be allowed to participate in the event.

Participants 12 and older are welcome to run. Ages 12 to 15 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Children under 18 are not required to provide government-issued photo identification if accompanied by a participating adult.

 All race participants and volunteers are subject to TSA screening protocols. No weapons or firearms allowed.


Directions & Parking

The PDX Runway Run is on Portland International Airport’s north runway in Portland, Oregon. Travel on Interstate 205 and take exit 24B (heading north) or 24 (heading south) toward the airport. Follow signs for Economy Lot Parking, and event signage.

To encourage sustainable practices and minimize impact to passengers, we strongly encourage all race participants to carpool or choose alternative transportation on race day.

Driving $10: Limited event parking is available for purchase at the time of registration for $10. Parking is in the area of the Economy Lot (see map). You can walk to the event entrance from the parking lot. Please plan ahead and consider carpooling!

MAX Train $5: Free shuttle service from TriMet’s Mt. Hood Ave MAX Station (NO ENTRY from the airport terminal). Purchase an all-day pass for $5 directly from TriMet.

Pedal Power FREE: Secure bicycle parking is provided free of charge at the event entrance. Access the event conveniently via Northeast Marine Drive. Check this website for more information.



WasteLogoLrgFNLoptionsHood to Coast Race Series is working with the Port of Portland’s Waste Minimization Team to host a zero waste run that reduces waste, minimizes landfill trash, and maximizes recycling.


To minimize waste and adhere to security protocol, water bottles and bags are not allowed into the event. Water will be available on the course. Once complete, participants will receive bottled water.

Please bring a minimum of gear with you to the event. If needed, bag check will be provided in the packet pick-up area. Small items brought onto the secure airfield must be carried with you; plan to keep your registration, phone/mp3, keys and identification on your person during the run (see security waiver.) You will receive a PDX Runway Run shoe wallet that fits a driver’s license, key and credit card/cash upon packet pick-up to assist.


Proceeds Benefit


All proceeds from the PDX Runway Run will benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metropolitan Area and enable local youth to become productive, caring, responsible citizens. Boys & Girls Clubs are located in underserved communities and are uniquely equipped to provide enrichment programs to youth while empowering them with a sense of belonging and security. Download our partner guide to learn about sponsorship opportunities!

Click here to view Partner Guide


Packet Pickup

Thursday, September 22: 10:00am – 6:00pm

Wattles Boys & Girls Club
9330 SE Harold St.
Portland, OR 97266
Parking: Small parking lot (approximately 20 spots) on site & nearby street parking

Friday, September 23: 10:00am – 6:00pm

Regence Boys & Girls Club
4430 N. Trenton St.
Portland, OR 97203
Parking: Ample street parking (FREE) around the Club

Race Day Packet Pickup: Saturday, September 24 7:00am

Schedule of Events

(Subject to change)

6:55 a.m. First shuttle leaves from TriMet’s Mt. Hood Ave. MAX Station to security screening and race entry.

7:00 a.m. SECURITY SCREENING FOR RACE BEGINS (Gear check is available prior to screening).
Allow 30 minutes for security screening; please remember that your person is subject to search.

9:00 a.m. SECURITY SCREENING ENDS. Participants who do not pass
through security screening by 9 a.m. will be turned away without exception. Please do not be late!

9:05 a.m. TAKEOFF!

10:30 a.m. Awards Ceremony in Celebration Village

11:00 a.m. COURSE CLOSES, all runners/walkers must exit the airfield.

12:30 p.m. Last shuttle leaves event area for Mt. Hood Ave. MAX Station.

No dogs or strollers are allowed through security screening. Please plan appropriately.

Celebration Village

The PDX Runway Run would not be possible without all our amazing sponsors and we want to celebrate their partnership with you. Click below to get a sneak peak at who will have a booth on race day.



We have provided you with a map which will help guide you to the start line and direct you on where to park your car. We have also provided public transit and bicycle routes.



  • Mats of the iconic PDX carpet awarded to top three men and top three women finishers
  • Top three finishers in each age category also receive mats of the iconic PDX carpet













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Saturday, September 24, 2016
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Portland International Airport
7000 NE Airport Way
Portland, 97218 United States