Tamale Trot

Race Date: TBD Salem, OR 97308 US Directions


200 Water Street NE
Salem, OR US 97308


Updated August 11, 2020: We are sad to announce that we have closed registration for our 4th Annual Tamale Trot and are cancelling this event due to COVID-19 restrictions. We will update this page if a live event becomes a possibility for a future date.



Authentic tamales, tangy salsa, live music, beer, Mexican culture, and lots of enthusiasm paired with the beautiful course along Salem Riverfront Park and Minto-Brown Park. It will be a perfect day!

Friends of Pimpollo is a nonprofit organization based in Salem, Oregon with the mission to provide educational opportunities to children and their families living in the impoverished regions of Oaxaca and Chiapas, Mexico. For the past 19 years, our organization has been a pillar of hope to communities lacking educational opportunities. With the help of generous donors, we've seen hopeless, illiterate children transformed into confident, joyful college graduates ending the cycle of generational poverty. This work was initiated in Salem and continues to be supported by this community!

Tamale Trot is a family-friendly benefit 5k/10K run/walk that will raise funds to support educational programs in Southern Mexico. Today, Friends of Pimpollo provides a nutritious school lunch to 1000 children each month; room, board, and college scholarships to 17 young adults; adult education to 250; and care for the most vulnerable orphans. Tamale Trot is an exciting, fun event that allows you to make a lasting impact on the lives of children in Southern Mexico!

The race itself is in downtown Salem along the breathtaking Salem Waterfront. The course is well-supported and will take you along the waterfront running path and over the new Minto walking bridge. **Back by popular demand** We will have live music along the course to keep things fun and lively! Last year participants raved about the amazing course. You will love it, too!

As you finish, you will receive a finisher's prizel that will fill your heart and make you smile! Then the post-race party complete with food and live music!

Tamale Trot will be the highlight of your running season!

Watch the video below to learn about Friends of Pimpollo's mission!

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More Important Info!

**We will be offering day-of-race registration for all of our distances (as space allows) starting at 7:30am on Saturday, September 26th. Prices are as follows:
5k - $45     10k - $65     Kids - $20      Family - $100

Salem Riverfront Park Amphitheatre
200 Water St NE
Salem, OR 97301


We prefer check or cash payment onsite but will be able to process cards as well.


DAY-OF-RACE TIMELINE (All Activities at Riverfront Park)
7:30am           Day-of-Race Packet Pickup & Registration
*Those who registered after 9/3/20 are not guaranteed their preferred shirt size.*
8:45am           Kid's Trot
8:55am           Pre-Race Briefing for 10K/5K Races & Warm-Up
9:00am           10K Start
9:10am           5K Starts
10:00am         Fiesta

(Note – all participants must wear their run bib on the front during the run)
Both races begin in Riverfront Park on the wide bike path. This location will be marked with "Start Flags", cones and timing mats.
Parking is limited at Riverfront Park on Race-Day. There is free parking at the parking garages. Limited parking lot just to the north of the Rotary Pavillion will be available for athlete parking.  This parking lot is accessed from Front Street – turn west on Union Street (there is a traffic light) and follow the road as it veers left. The parking lot is at the end of the road. Parking on Salem's downtown streets is free on Saturday, but time-limited to three hours between 8:00am and 9:00pm. Salem's parkades offer free parking all day on Saturday and Sunday in designated areas. 



All participants finish at the finish tower. For the 5K/10K Run & Walk, the Timing Chip is attached to the back of your bib and is disposable.

The 5K/10K Run/Walk athletes will be provided with water, Mexican bread, coffee, tamales, chips, salsa, and beer, all free of charge.  Your bib is your ticket.

There will be some food items for purchase for your guests.
Other Frequently Asked Questions:
Strollers? Yes, strollers are allowed on the course.
Dogs? Yes, you can bring your furry pet, but they must be on a leash and well-behaved.
What is the running surface? The entire 5K route is on paved paths with no traffic. The 10K course has a few areas where the path is dirt and bark chips. This time of year, the course is dry and you should not expect any mud.
Can I switch my t-shirt size? After the September 30th t-shirt deadline, you will have to wait until after the race to swap your shirt size. Before that deadline, we are happy to accommodate your request.
Bag Check? Yes, we will have bag check for your convenience.
Time limit? Nope! You can take your time. We have the park reserved for most of the day!
Do you have first aid? Yes, we will have a trained medical professional on-site!
Course Support? We will have 3 tents set-up along the course with water and electrolytes. The 10K course will also have gummy bears.
Bathrooms? We are lucky! We have flushing toilets at Salem Waterfront Park and in Mento Park. We will have an extra set of porta-potties along the routes and then extras at the start/finish line to minimize lines.
Packet Pick-Up? This year we will offer packet pick-up on Thursday, September 24th downtown Salem at The Grand Hotel from 11-4pm.



Tamale Trot Sponsors

We want to give a huge THANK YOU to our Tamale Trot sponsors. This exciting event wouldn't be possible without them!




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