The Friends of Mt. Tabor Park 5K walk/run and 10K run is a fundraising event to benefit The Friends of Mt. Tabor Park (FMTP). Scenic Mt. Tabor Park is located in Southeast Portland and has a well-designed forested trail system consisting of three trails -- the Red Trail, the Green Trail and the Blue Trail -- that circumnavigate Mt. Tabor. The Red Trail is a 1-mile loop running counter-clockwise; the Green Trail is a 1.7-mile loop running clockwise; and the Blue Trail is a 3-mile loop that also runs counter-clockwise.
Both the 5k and 10K routes are hilly and challenging, and utilize a combination of paved roads and dirt trails: hence the term "Tar 'n Trail." The 5K course will utilize the Blue Trail with an additional beginning segment to create a true 5K, while the 10K course will utilize all three trails. Each trail in the park is clearly marked, but on race day the route will have additional markings to ensure no one goes off course. The Red Trail will be marked with red (or pink) ribbon and/or flagging, the Green Trail will be marked with green ribbon/flagging, and the Blue Trail will be marked with blue ribbon/flagging. There will also be course monitors at all major intersections to assist with directions. However, if you're running the 10K, it is up to you to know which loop you're on. Just remember -- Red 1st, Green 2nd and Blue 3rd.
The Friends of Mt. Tabor Park was organized as a non-profit group in early 2000, following the major renovation of much of the infrastructure in Mt. Tabor Park, including the amphitheater, playground, ball courts, roadway intersections, rest rooms, and stabilization of the steep slopes on the east side. Currently, the organization has over 200 dues-paying members, many of whom are active in the foot patrol, Saturday morning service projects, attending programs, etc. Most live within the greater Mt. Tabor neighborhood, but many live in other surrounding neighborhoods.