Portland Marathon & Half Marathon
Portland, OR USA
Sunday October 6, 2013

Portland Marathon Information

For over 20 years, The Portland Marathon, held each Fall and hosted in Portland Oregon, has attracted thousands of runners and walkers who participate in the two-day event that features a USAT&F sanctioned and certified marathon at 26 miles and 385 yards. A half marathon, wheelchair marathon, and a 10k Family Walk are featured as well.

Portland's welcoming citizens and rich culture, along with its Northwest-scenic beauty and mild Fall mean temperatures averaging 55-degrees, provides the perfect setting for the annual event and has garnered accolades from many of the events past attendees. Runner's World proclaims that the Portland Marathon is the "friendliest, best organized, most family-oriented races in the country."

Scenic downtown Portland hosts the start and finish for the Marathon and Half Marathon events. Runners begin at the starting line on SW 4th and Taylor, adjacent to the Chapman/Lownsdale/Schrunk Parks complex. The finish line is set just three blocks away in front of Chapman Park near the Justice Center.

The course traces along the scenic Riverfront area and Portland's Old Town historic district, with broad panoramas seen throughout Waterfront Park and the east side's 3-mile bluff. Runners also cross the St. Johns Bridge, considered one of the world's most spectacular suspension bridges. The relatively flat course reaches an elevation of 115 feet during mile four of the race and peaks in elevation at 150 feet during the 17th mile.

Participants who finish the race receive the traditional Northwest tree seedling in addition to a finisher shirt and a selection of race novelty items. Following the marathon, entrants, guests and volunteers will enjoy Portland's vibrant culture with live music and food provided by local vendors during the Post-Race Party followed by the Awards Ceremony.

Events during the days leading up to the Marathon include the Sports & Fitness Expo which provides health screenings and lectures about sports medicine and fitness programs. Representatives will also introduce the latest in fitness clothing and training products.

The Annual Event Director's College is also featured and includes workshops, Q&A sessions, panel discussions for event sponsors and organizers. Attendees receive VIP tent access to receive race finishers at the end of the course.

The Portland Marathon is a registered 501(c)(3) non profit organization dedicated to raising funds for local charities, service clubs, non profits, athletic teams and other causes. In addition to collecting funds directly related to the runs, satellite events held during the Marathon Weekend will raise additional funds for local charities.

Past recipients include the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) organization and the Northwest Medical Team who volunteer to provide medical relief during emergencies and disasters. The Portland Marathon also partners with local corporations as part of its fund raising efforts.