The second annual Hop Hop Half Marathon and 5K secured its place as a "must do" annual event on April 19, 2014. The event welcomes both runners and walkers. Participation grew over the first year, although still short of its cap of 1500. There were 299 in the 5K and 689 in the half marathon. Women outnumbered men three to one.
Like any good Easter parade, the racers often dressed in tutus, bunny ears, and brightly patterned running skirts and tights. The weather was uncertain, compared to the sparkling (but colder) day in 2013.
Photos and review of the 2013 Inaugural Hop Hop Half
The start/finish festival area on NE 33rd has a huge parking. Tents included displays for Bold Events, Energy Events, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Foot Traffic and the designated charity, St. Vincent de Paul Society. Racers and their families could join in egg painting contests.
Half marathon racers received a long sleeved quarter zip tech shirt for their entry fee and a giant Easter egg medal for finishing.
The course begins with a mile out and back on NE 33rd, then proceeds north on 33rd to the Marine Drive bike path. With only one street crossing and a mostly flat course, it's fast and safe.
The racers head east on the bike path to the I-205 bridge and return, with water stations, energy gel and porta-johns every two miles.
The views of the river and Mt. Hood while heading east are lovely. On the return this year, rain and wind squalls hit the racers. But the volunteers maintained the water stops for all of the walkers at the tail end.
I finished in the last 25 racers and the finish line was folding up but still welcoming with the huge finisher medal. Crossing to the festival area, I was greeted with the egg croissant and mini cinnamon rolls, mimosa or beer. I was very pleased that they had enough even for the final racers. Not only that, the DJ was offering free shirts to us tail-enders from their stock of giveaways, and they offered an extra commemorative glass to any who wanted.
This event is part of the Bakers Dozen series.