Either you are a racer or a runner, Porto has races for you throughout the year, from 5km to the whole Marathon’s 42k. I’ve run them all and it’s a unique experience: the runners, the crowd cheering, the views, the streets. It’s all worth the effort!
Each race also includes shorter walks, for those willing to simply go for a walk together in a fun atmosphere. All is supported by an efficient and safe organization.
For me there are 3 races I try not to miss: the half marathon (in the middle of September, with late summer weather), the Marathon (early November), and finishing the year, the St. Sylvester (late December, in the evening).
But there are other shorter races throughout the year starting around Carnival.
The half marathon (21k) is run in the river-shore, practically flat, and passes under 4 bridges, crosses to Gaia, with magnificent view to Porto, and then back.
The Marathon (42k) starts at Parque da Cidade, goes to Leixões harbour, then back to Gaia, and back to the ocean, finishing at the Parque da Cidade again. The course is incredible, and finishing is an amazing feeling!
There are also more reachable 15k run and 5k walk.
Recently, night runs in the Parque da Cidade are also organised.
Lastly, the St. Silvester (10k) is the mythical one. It’s in the city centre, after dark (usually cold!), and basically starts with a 2km rise, and it’s all ups and downs. Crazy and breathtaking!
On your marks…!