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Holiday Dash 5K
December 10 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
December 10, 2023
On Sunday, December 10th, join us for Portland Trails' annual, one-of-a-kind Holiday Dash 5K, presented by Martin's Point Health Care! Whether you dress up in a winter-themed costume or keep things more traditional, this race along the Eastern Prom Trail is sure to warm your spirits. You'll be running and walking through snow, shine, wind, or sleet...so dress for the weather! All ages are welcome, and each participant will receive a complimentary giveaway with their registration. We'll have hot cocoa waiting for you after you cross the finish line, but if you'd like something heartier, you can purchase a $15 brunch add-on and join us for a post-race brunch at Rì Rà! A buffet-style brunch and drink ticket are included. (This add-on is only available for 200 race participants, so register today!)
The race begins at 11:00am. Please note that no strollers or dogs are allowed on the race course. Click here for a map of the out-and-back course.
Click here for our complete Holiday Dash participant information!
The Holiday Dash 5K is Portland Trails' largest fundraising event of the year. All proceeds from this race go toward maintaining and caring for the trails you love – all 75 miles of them. That's why this year, you can fundraise for Portland Trails! You'll have the option to set up an individual or team fundraiser when you register. If you do, RunSignUp will generate a donation page and link that you can share with friends, family, and coworkers, and then you'll be on your way to making a huge impact on a local nonprofit. Not to mention, there are some pretty great perks for you if you reach certain fundraising milestones...
- If you raise $100 or more, you'll receive a free race registration to next year's Holiday Dash 5K
- If you raise $500 or more, you'll also receive a hip pack from REI Co-op
- If you raise $1,000 or more, you'll also receive a limited-edition Portland Trails Sea Bag, choice of Medium Tote or Sea Sack
Saturday, Dec. 9th:
- Time: 11:00am - 2:00pm
- Location: Finish Strong PT (at Fleet Feet Maine Running), 309 Marginal Way, Portland
Note: We ask that local participants pick up their packets the day before the race in order to allow out-of-town participants pick up theirs on race day morning.
Sunday, Dec. 10th:
- Time: 9:30am - 10:45am
- Location: Rì Rà Irish Pub & Restaurant, 72 Commercial Street, Portland
Racers who use wheelchairs are welcome to participate! The race takes place entirely on the Eastern Prom Trail, which is wide and paved. The trail conditions are weather-dependent and vary from year to year, but it tends to be slippery where the trail crosses train tracks. Please note that there is a hill on the section of trail near the water treatment facility. If you have any questions about accessibility or would like photos of the race course, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Northeast Runners Alliance (NeRA) is a non-profit alliance in the running space, actively working to encourage diversity in the northeast running and trail running community. NeRA believes that racial equity in the running space is imperative, and we recognize that the existing lack of diverse representation, as well as the high expense associated with running shoes, gear, and race entry fees can be major contributors to the lack of participation in the sport.
Northeast Runners Alliance will pay for race entries for immigrant, BIPOC, and low-income runners in order to make running and participating in races more accessible and more diverse.
NeRA is working in partnership with Portland Trails for the Holiday Dash 5K. Immigrant, BIPOC, and low-income runners of all ability levels are encouraged to reach out to NeRA and request assistance with entry fees to the Holiday Dash 5K. Click here to apply.
What's the race course? Click here for a map of the course.
Can I dress up/wear a costume? Of course! Lots of participants do. We always welcome silliness!
Do I have to dress up/wear a costume? Not at all! Wear what you feel comfortable in.
Can I run or walk with my dog or stroller? No. Unfortunately, the race course is too narrow to safely allow strollers or dogs.
Can I sign up if I'm under 21? Yes! We welcome runners and walkers of all ages to participate (just no strollers).
I purchased the post-race brunch add-on. Do I need to bring my ID? Yes! All participants' IDs will be checked at the door. Participants under 21 are welcome at brunch!
Can I volunteer for this event? Yes! Our volunteers help the event run smoothly at every turn. Sign up to volunteer today!
Can my company sponsor this event? Yes! Please contact Lindsay Conrad at email@example.com for more information about sponsoring the Holiday Dash.