Portland Marathon Clinic runs return April 5 – and it’s still free

PMTC-logoBefore you forget: Bookmark this post to easily find the entire schedule with locations & maps for the entire 2014 PMC season! While Coach Jim's group is taking a break for the summer, there is still a great option for those training for a fall marathon or half marathon to log their long runs with a fun group led by highly-qualified pacers. The Portland Marathon Clinic, led by Patti and Warren Finke since 1984, will kick off April 5, 2014 with a run of 4, 6 or 8 miles. You can save this post and refer to it; we'll also post the location for the next run EACH TUESDAY around 10a, starting next week. All the runs except the "Brunch Run" are free, but participants are asked to contribute their time to man an aid station for one of the runs. This is easy - either do one early in the year when the long run isn't as daunting to do alone; or wait a few weeks and you'll have a built-in group of friends that run your pace you can team up with and then run with them on the Sunday after you volunteer!

You do not need to register for these runs – just show up. You can request to be added to the PMTC email list to receive reminders and directions to each run on a weekly basis – or you can check in right here every Tuesday around 10:00 PT for the info on that weekend’s run. Please note that there is also a paid option for which you do need to register: this is ideal for beginning marathoners and includes evening seminars on nutrition, mental race preparation, and stretching/injury prevention. It also includes a day-by-day training program including speedwork for those who are ready for it. Learn more about the PMC paid clinic here.

All participants are responsible for their own nutrition and hydration, even though there are aid stations on most of the longer runs. Even though your fall marathon may be cool and offer aid every mile or two, many of these runs will be in hot weather and you will go longer without the chance to get water, energy drink or something to eat. Plan to bring a water bottle – I recommend a water belt or hydration pack so you can carry at least 20 ounces – and whatever food you want to eat at your race.

Here’s the schedule:

All runs are on Saturdays and start promptly at 8a, so be there by 7:45 at the very latest for instructions and to use the restroom before you start.  Click on the location for a Google map showing you where to go. For directions, click on “Get Directions” and enter your starting address.

April 5, 2014: 4, 6 or 8 miles from Mountain Hardwear in Portland

April 12, 2014: 5, 7 or 9 miles from Road Runner Sports in Tualatin

April 19, 2014: 6, 8 or 10 miles from George Rogers Park in Lake Oswego

April 26, 2014: 7, 9 or 10 miles from Lululemon Pearl in Portland

May 3, 2014: 8 or 10 miles from Lululemon Bridgeport in Tigard

May 10, 2014: 9, 10 or 12 miles from Road Runner Sports in Tualatin

May 17, 2014: 10 or 12 miles from Duniway Park in Portland

May 24, 2014: 10, 12 or 13 miles from Lululemon Pearl in Portland

May 31, 2014: 10, 12 or 14 miles on the Springwater Corridor starting at Main City Park in Gresham

June 7, 2014: 12, 13 or 15 miles from Road Runner Sports in Tualatin

June 14, 2014: 12, 14 or 16 miles from Mountain Hardwear in Portland

June 21, 2014: 13, 15 or 16 miles from Lululemon Pearl in Portland

June 28, 2014: 14 or 16 miles from Duniway Park in Portland

July 5, 2014: 15, 16 or 18 miles from Road Runner Sports in Tualatin

July 12, 2014: 16 or 18 miles from Mountain Hardwear in Portland

July 19, 2014: 16 or 19 miles from Lululemon Pearl in Portland

July 26: 16, 18 or 20 miles at Vancouver Lake in Vancouver, Wash.

August 2, 2014: 16 or 20 miles from Road Runner Sports in Tualatin

August 9, 2014: 20 miles on the Marathon Course starting at SW 4th and Main in Portland

August 16, 2014: 16 miles from Lululemon Pearl in Portland

August 23, 2014: 20 miles from Mountain Hardwear in Portland

August 30, 2014: 16 miles from Road Runner Sports in Tualatin

September 6, 2014: 20 miles – Park at Willamette Park in Portland, the running route is top secret! This is the Brunch Run, which requires a ticket because runners are bused to a secret location and then served a delicious brunch after the run. If you plan to participate, don’t wait to buy your $10 ticket once they’re available in August. This sells out every year; and we’re not just saying that … it’s a hot ticket!

September 13, 2014: 16 or 20 miles from Lululemon Pearl in Portland

September 20, 2014: 16 miles from Road Runner Sports in Tualatin

September 27, 2014: 8 miles from Lululemon Bridgeport in Tigard

 

About Kelly Barten (1149 Articles)
I started the Run Oregon blog in February 2007, because I felt like running in Oregon and SW Washington deserved more positive coverage. I also wanted to level the playing field so that small, non-profit races could compete with big events; and to support LOCAL race organizers. I'm a Creighton Bluejay (undergrad) and an Oregon Duck (Sports Marketing MBA), and I live in Tigard with my husband and two kids. My "real job" is working for an incredibly awesome math textbook company doing marketing and production.
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