The Trillium Bloom Trails Runs is on May 9, 2020, and is a great way to enjoy Portland’s iconic Forest Park and food, music, and drink from the scenic Skyline Tavern.  The 10k and Half Marathon starts and finishes at the Upper Springville trailhead a half-mile from Skyline Tavern and utilizes the trails in Forest Park just as the trillium blooms are at its peak.

The Trillium Blooms is also a great way for new trail runners to experience running in the Tualatin Hills and also challenging enough for skilled trail runners. Please Note:  The course will no longer start at Waterline Trail due to trail erosion.  The race now starts at Springville Road.  We will have shuttles to and from the start/finish.

 

Most of the course is flat, but there are a few challenging short climbs like Cleator Trail

 

COVID-19 Refund Policy

As of March 18, everyone that has signed up for the race is from the Portland area, which offers us later flexibility of cancellation, since no one is traveling to the race. We are going to change the cap of runners to 40. That way if groups of 50 are allowed on race day, we can continue the race and have a private party at Skyline Tavern to savor the backyard porch for extensive views of the Tualatin Valley and coastal mountains or come inside to enjoy local music.  Finishers will get a beverage and brats or Walnut Burgers from the grill.

We will try to reschedule for late summer or early fall if May 9 doesn’t work due to COVID-19 policies. A later date depends on the flexibility of the Portland Parks and Recreation permit. If this option doesn’t work for you, we will offer a 50% refund policy, which is standard for trail races or transfer the entry to the Oxbow Trail Race on August 8 if the race is canceled due to the COVID-19 health crisis. Thank you for understanding.

 

A portion of the proceeds will benefit Forest Park Conservancy

 

Courses

 

10k (Red Single Arrows)

Start below the gate on Springville Rd. After a quarter-mile, runners will turn right on Wildwood for 1.5 miles.  Following the run on Wildwood, turn left for a short, rooty descent down Ridge Trail to Leif Erikson.  Head north (right) on Leif Erikson for 1.75 miles to Fire Lane 5 for a quick, rocky climb up to Wildwood and the only aid station for the 10k.  Turn right on Wildwood and stay on Wildwood for 1.75 miles for a tough ascent (250 feet in 1/3 mile) up Trillium Trail and Fire Lane 7 until the finish.  Total climbing is 974 feet for 6.2 miles.

 

Total climbing for the 10k is 974 feet

 

Trilliums are the highlight of the fascinating flora and fauna in Forest Park

 

Half Marathon (Blue Double Arrows)

The Half Marathon starts the same as the 10k to Fire Lane 5, except half runners will continue on Leif Erikson to turn left on Maple Trail.  The 3.4 mile Maple Trail is one of the hidden gems of Forest Park.  Follow the trail to the first aid station where Maple crosses Saltzman Rd.  Continue on Maple past Fire Lane 4 and over the new bridge, beyond Koenig Trail, through Leif Erikson, the tie trail, and to the end where Maple meets Wildwood Trail.  Turn Right on Wildwood for 1.25 miles and head down Koenig Trail for a quick descent to Leif Erikson.  Turn Left on Leif Erikson for three-quarters of a mile where on a sunny day there will be views of Mt. St. Helens through the trees around Fire Lane 4.  Head up the short but tough climb of Cleator Trail.  Turn right on Wildwood for a flat mile until the second aid station at Fire Lane 5.  Half Marathoners will join the 10k runners back up Trillium Trail and Fire Lane 7 to the finish.  The Half Marathon course has 1726 feet of ascent.

 

 

The Half Marathon course has 1726 feet of ascent

 

Race Day – May 9

7:00 am -Parking opens at the gravel lot on Skyline Blvd. and Germantown Road.  Do not park at Skyline Tavern.

7:00 -7:50 – Half Marathon check-in at Springville Trailhead.  A shuttle will be offered from Skyline Tavern to the trailhead.  There will be coffee, water, and Gluten Free Gem pastries available for starters.

7:50 – Line up at Half Marathon start on Springville Rd. below the gate for race instructions.

8:00 – Half Marathon start

8:00 -8:50 – 10k check-in at Springville Trailhead.  A shuttle will be offered from Skyline Tavern to the trailhead.  There will be coffee, water, and Gluten Free Gem pastries available for starters.

8:50 – Line up at 10k start on Springville Rd. below the gate for race instructions.

9:00 – 10k start

Post Race-  Shuttle back to Skyline Tavern.  Participants receive a beverage and food at Skyline Tavern.  Stay and enjoy the music.

Noon – Race cut-off for all participants.  Hikers should be good for 10k.

 

Enjoy food, beverages, and music at Skyline Tavern after the run.

 

Registration

Fees: 10K
$35 (March 1 – 31, 2020)
$45 (April 1– May 6, 2020)

Half Marathon
$55 (March 1 – 31, 2020)
$65 (April 1– May 6, 2020)

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A portion of proceeds will benefit Forest Park Conservancy

The permit is for 150 participants, but we are limiting the number of participants to 40 due the Coronavirus outbreak.  The course is sanctioned by USA Track & Field.

 

The half marathon course uses all of the 3.4 miles of Maple Trail

 

Both the 10k and Half Marathon courses feature the blue diamond distance markers on Wildwood Trail