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5K Fun Run/Walk Portland

5K Runners

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Join us in Portland on Saturday, February 25 for our Annual 5K Fun Run/Walk! This family friendly event is a great way to embrace the chilly weather and boost your energy level, especially if you are more of a runner than a plunger.

The 5K race will begin at 9AM near the Portland Airport Economy Parking Red Lot. This is a point-to-point course on the paved path along the Columbia River on Marine Drive and ends at the Polar Plunge site at Broughton Beach. Runners must raise a minimum of $25 each to benefit the amazing athletes of Special Olympics Oregon.

If you are looking for a more extreme form of exhilaration, consider adding a little splash to your dash by doing the 5K Fun Run/Walk followed by the Polar Plunge! Runners who raise a minimum of $60 can participate in the 5K race and continue straight into the Columbia River to Plunge, either on your own or with your team! Those who register to Run and Plunge and raise a minimum of $60 will receive a Nike long sleeve Plunge T Shirt in addition to running socks!

After your run, walk or plunge, enjoy the food and fun while watching over 2,000 people plunge into the Columbia River! Shuttle buses will run all morning to transport you back to your car.

Register Here!


Where do I park?  9721 NE Airport Way Portland, OR 97220.  This lot is only for 5k participants.  There is no shuttle to take Plungers from this lot to the Plunge.  Plunge parking is located on Marine Drive just east of the plunge site.  

How do I get back to my car?  There will be a shuttle to bring you back to your car after the run that will run every 30 minutes starting at 10 AM.  Or!  You can walk back to make it a 10K!

Will there be support on the course?  There will be an aid station at mile 2.

Is the race chip timed? No, this is a fun run/walk!

Are dogs allowed? No

Are strollers allowed? Yes

Is there a kids race? Kids in strollers are free. Children running or walking are same fee as adults.

Is there a bag check? Yes, and it will be transported to the end of the run for you to pick up your gear.

For more questions, please email polarplunge@soor.org or call at 503-248-0600 ext. 21.

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