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Race Preview: Pacific Northwest Marathon, Half and 5k 5/2/2015 (Eugene, OR)

The Pacific Northwest Marathon, half marathon, 5k and Family Run will take place on Saturday, May 2, 2015 in Eugene, Oregon.

The Pacific Northwest Marathon, half marathon, 5k and Family Run will take place on Saturday, May 2, 2015 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo Credit: Pacific Northwest Marathon website)

We recently provided some coverage on a new event hitting the streets of Eugene, the Pacific Northwest Marathon. This event will host a USATF certified marathon course, and is a Boston qualifying marathon. Hip hip hooray! Also, there is a 5k that take place, and a Family Run. Really, there is something for absolutely the entire family at the Pacific Northwest Marathon series of events.

I’m registered and will be participating in the half marathon event. When reading the course description for the half, I got super excited when I read this: “This course is great for going fast, but you can take as long as you need. You might catch a glimpse of elite runners on their way to winning the marathon. Don’t worry, we do not expect it to be crowded along this course, so they will have room to pass without running over anybody!” Can you walk a mile in 16 minutes? If so,  I would highly encourage walkers who want to attempt to half marathon distance for the first time to get registered and give it a whirl! What an excellent entry into the half marathon scene! Also, the marathon and half are both quite flat, with a start at 420 feet and the highest point being 498 feet above sea level.

One thing that sets the Pacific Northwest Marathon apart is their desire to encourage everyone to participate, and making the entire event such that beginners to elite athlete athletes will be fully supported. From the website, here are four fantastic reasons why you should register for the Pacific Northwest Marathon set of events:

Whether you are a beginner or an elite runner, there are many reasons to run the Pacific Northwest Marathon.
1. Our course is flat and scenic, making it easy and enjoyable for beginners, and fast for Boston hopefuls.
2. We offer plenty of race day support, including 19 aid stations, and trained volunteers at every quarter mile.
3. You can walk our course. Go ahead, walk! If you can walk your miles in 16 minutes each, you can finish this race.
4. When you choose to run the Pacific Northwest Marathon, Half Marathon, or 5K, you are becoming part of a community.

Let me highlight the race courses next. The marathon course is USATF certified, and a Boston Marathon qualifier. There will be 9 water station, and an addition 9 water & electrolyte stations. The course limit is 7 hours, to encourage all levels to have a excellent go at completing a marathon. Trained course volunteers are stationed every 1/4 mile. The course is flat! And, you will travel past breathtaking views, including the McKenzie River and the Willamette River. Medical personnel will be on the course, too. Parking and race expo instruction will be coming soon, but it looks like Crescent Village will be hosting the expo.

The half marathon follows a condensed version of the marathon route. Half marathoners are shuttled to the start line. Ample aid stations and knowledge course marshals will be on the course.

And, the 5k! WOW! A treat is in store for you! The 5k is “downhill all the way”! What an excellent event for both fast and not-so-fast participants.

The Family Run is also available, and registration for this event will take place on race day at the expo.

Finisher medals and event shirt are included with registration for the marathon and half marathon. Also, post-race food and refreshments will be provided. The Pacific Northwest Marathon events support Girls on the Run, and fantastic organization that teaches girls to love to run – and a bunch of other powerful skills like being  confident and strong.  I highly encourage everyone to find a distance that works for you and register, knowing you will have ample support on the course to get to the fantastic finish line!

Date: Saturday, May 2, 2015
Distance: Marathon, Half Marathon, 5k, and Family Run
Start Time: 7 a.m. for the Marathon and Half Marathon; 5k at 9:30 a.m.; Family Run at 10:30 a.m
Cost: Marathon $90 and Half Marathon $60 both until 4/27/15. 5k is $20 until 30 minutes prior to start of race. Family Run registration available on day of race only. Registrations are transferable!
Register: Click here to register

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