Starlight Run Race Info
Race Info
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It’s Portland’s largest Fun Run!  Join thousands of runners for the 41st anniversary of the Starlight Run, a 5k (3.1-mile) run on the PGE/SOLVE Starlight Parade route on Saturday evening in front of more than 250,000 spectators. In the last 40 years, more than 140,000 runners have covered more than 400,000 miles of fun in this sanctioned Rose Festival event!

NEW FOR 2019: All participants will receive a finisher’s medal upon crossing the finish line!  Registered participants will also be able to show their race bib and get free entrance into the Rose Festival CityFair on the Waterfront!


Starlight Night, Saturday, June 1, 2019 – 7:00pm

Please help us have a safe event.  Wearing headphones is discouraged.  Bicycles, skateboards, unicycles,  strollers,  in-line and roller skates and dogs/pets should be left at home.  Open to RUNNERS only who can maintain a minimum 14 minute per mile pace. This is NOT a walking event. Please do not run back along the parade route during the run or after its completion.

PLEASE NOTE:  Safety searches of any bag larger than the size of a football will take place upon entering the race area. Plan accordingly – the following items will not be allowed inside the field area: Coolers, glass, alcohol, large bags or closed containers, weapons, chains, baseball bats, stakes, tobacco products, illegal substances.


Downtown Portland

The event starts and finishes adjacent to Waterfront Park and the Rose Festival CityFair.


NEW for 2019: All participants will receive a finisher’s medal upon crossing the finish line of the Starlight Run!


$15 each – order when you register (not included in entry fee)


Join the fun in the prize-filled costume contest.  Categories for youth, individuals and groups.  You must be a registered participant to enter.  Find all the details here.

Costume contest participants must adhere to “tasteful” criteria standards.   Please remember that this is a family event and plan your costume for a “G (general)” audience.


NEW for 2019: The Starlight Run has partnered with CityFair and all registered participants can show their race bib to gain free entrance into CityFair after the race!


New this year – the start and finish will be at Waterfront Park, as part of the Rose Festival CityFair!  All registered participants will receive free entry to CityFair.

Entry Fees
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Register 2 people, save $5
Register 3 people, save $10
Register 4 people, save $15
Register 5 or more, save $20

Adult Entry Fees (ages 19 years and older)
April 3-30: $20
May 1- May 29: $25
Day of Event: $30

Student Entry Fees (ages 7-18 years)
April 1-30: $15
May 1 – May 29: $20
Day of Event: $25

Child Entry Fees (6 and under) – FREE 

Packet Pickup

Bib numbers and t-shirt (if purchased) will be available for pick-up on site at Waterfront Park on race day, June 1, 2019 (time TBA).  Please bring your event confirmation email and photo ID. 


It’s parade night too, so traffic will be busy in downtown Portland.  Plan on carpooling to the run or take Tri Met or MAX Light Rail downtown.  Schedules may change on this special evening.  Call Tri Met at 503-238-RIDE or check their website for more information (

Weather and Water

Be prepared for warm summer evening weather.  Due to the nature of being on the parade route, no water stations are available on-course.  Most of the downtown route is in the shade of tall buildings as the sun sets behind Portland’s West Hills.  Please bring your own full water bottle if you need personal hydration on the 5k course.  Water will be available post-event at the finish festivities.


The Starlight Run is a Fun Run, with no official results produced or published.  There is an official clock at the start and finish line displaying the time from the official “horn” start of the event.  Check your watches as you start and finish for your personal finish time.

Starlight Run Returns May 30, 2020!
Save the Date

Registration will re-open in 2020.

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