Portland, OR event celebrates the worst day of the year for biking

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Riders will also participate in a costume contest

PORTLAND, Ore (KOIN) — Some Portlanders love biking so much they’ve created an event dedicated to celebrating the sport regardless of the weather.

The 18th annual “worst day of the year” will take place this weekend, from the Lucky Labrador Brew Pub in southeast Portland. According to the event’s website, runners have the choice of joining a 15-mile urban course or a 42-mile uphill challenge.

“There are prizes for the best costume, a half-time party and an after-party with a hot soup bar to warm you up after your chilly ride,” the event’s website said.

The main loop allows cyclists to cross the river on the Hawthorne Bridge, past the waterfront, then cross the river on the steel bridge, with the rest of the route returning to the original brewery destination .

As for the South Loop, people can expect cyclists to pass OMSI and then south on the Springwater Rails-to-Trails Corridor past the wildlife preserve and amusement park all heading towards Sellwood. Runners will also cross the Sellwood Bridge to Willamette Park, then to Naito Parkway, finally returning to the main road.

The third loop will go past the University of Portland and over Cathedral Park. Riders will then reach Kelly Point and land on the Columbia Slough Trail past the Heron Lakes Golf Course.

The south course will start at 9:30 a.m. and all courses will depart at 10 a.m. For more information, see the event website.

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