The marathon begins at 9am from the Mark O. Hatfield West Trail Head. There is an early start option at 8am, for walkers or participants needing a little more time. There is NO PARKING at the start, but a shuttle service from the Hood River Event Site (close to the finish line) will be running every 10 minutes from 7am until 8:40am. Aid stations will be offered every 2-3 miles and, besides port-o-potties, will offer water, gummy bears, Hammer Gel, fruit and Gatorade.
The ceramic finish line medals are handmade by local artist Mike Scrivens. Everyone will receive a tech beanie and quarter-zip tech tees are available to purchase. Keeping with the local flare, there will be hot soup and rolls provided by local companies at the finish line. A Lunch Bar will be provided by Spin Catering as well as Juanita’s chips and Veronica’s Salsa, all local products. Organic apples, pears and Ryan’s Hot Cider, all grown in the Hood River Valley will be at the finish line as well as Sierra Nevada Beer for participants 21 and older. Friends and family are invited to celebrate at the finish line and lunch tickets for non-participants can be purchased for $7.
Strollers are welcome, just remember to be courteous to other runners. Walkers are invited to take advantage of the early start time and the course will remain open for six hours. They also offer a Half Marathon Team Event, with an exchange point to assist runners splitting the mileage. This event is capped at 1500 participants and there is no day of registration. Register online or print out and mail in your registration form by October 15th. The 26.2 miles, unique finisher medal, embroidered beanie and post race goodies all for $115 through October 22nd or until the race fills up, whichever comes first. Get your spot and come out for what is guaranteed to be a scenic marathon.