42nd Annual Portugal Day Races

A Newark Tradition Goes Virtual

42nd Annual Portugal Day Races

A Newark Tradition Goes Virtual

About Us

(Geordano Alves, Jorge Lopes, Carlos Martins, Manuel Parente, Domingos Cravo, Carlos Marques)

Forty years and counting

Each year runners/walkers, Portuguese or not, gather and race in the historic Ironbound section, celebrating Portuguese-American culture in Newark. (Although we will not be able to physically be together this year, that will not stop us from breaking a 42 year old tradition)

The Portugal Day Races take place every year around the first or second Sunday of June (usually the closest one to the Portuguese national holiday). The race was founded in 1979 by the late Manuel Parente and had been directed for many years by the late Domingos Cravo. The Lar Dos Leos (Den of Lions) has organized the event since its beginning. In honor of their service to the Portuguese community, we have named the Cravo Kid Dash and the Parente Mile in the honor. We have also named the 5k race in honor of a longtime supporter and friend of ours, the late Jack Casimiro. Had it not been for their contributions and generosity, these races would not be possible.   

-Muito obrigado por tudo que vocês tem feito


Great awards and fun, just ask anyone...

"Another year, another award! This is a great race, and one of my favorites! I look forward to coming back next year."

"Looking forward to it!!! Love this race. Very well run (excuse the pun) and great raffle prizes."

"The 5K race is a flat fast course. Great Run! 

My first time but not my last"


The folks that make this event possible

Den of Lions/ Lar dos Leoes

Iberia Restaurant

Power Concrete

Underground Utilities


Seabra Group

Trinufo Import & Export

Teixeiras Bakery

Mayor Ras J. Baraka

City of Newark

Newark Police Department

Ironbound Ambulance Squad 

Radio Luso-Americano

Luso Americano Newspaper

SPT/SIC International 


Contact Us

Drop us a line!

Race Location

82 Ferry Street, Newark, New Jersey 07105, United States

Who to contact...

Event Director

  • Carlos Martins

Communications Director