Race Preview: Pacific Northwest Marathon, Half and 5K 5/28/16 (Eugene, Oregon)

Flat. Fast. Marathon, half-marathon and 5K events. In 2015, more than 10% of the marathon finishers of the Pacific Northwest Marathon qualified for the prestigious Boston Marathon! Walkers are welcome on the marathon course, with an early 6 a.m. start time just for you! And, the course is USATF certified/2016 sanctioned event. WHAT COULD BE BETTER THAN ALL OF THIS?!

Now in its second year, the Pacific Northwest Marathon (PNWM) will take place in Eugene on Saturday, May 28, 2016. Last year I was honored to participate in the inaugural event, which was outstanding (check out my recap). The mission of the PNWM is to promote community health and fitness. The race directors are active in the community promoting health and fitness, offering a marathon training group, and following the story of five women who are sharing their journey to the start line. This event is walker friendly, too – everyone, fast, slow, young, old – you are all welcome at the start line!

We help young people gain a love for running early on.

We help adults gain that love who have not previously experienced it.

We bring running enjoyment to underprivileged youth and adults who would otherwise never experience it.

Let me tell you about the three events you may choose from. Let’s start with the 5K and build to the marathon.

The “Veteran’s Memorial 5K” starts at 9:30 a.m. Participates will get to experience a portion of the route being used by the half marathon and marathon participants. 5K runners and walkers will start at Armitage Park Road. You will catch a bus from the finish line at Crescent Village (where everyone will park), and be shuttled to the start of the 5K. Make sure to allow enough time to park, and catch the shuttle.

The half marathon begins at 7:00 a.m. The start/finish will be at Crescent Village. Half marathon participants will follow the marathon route, and turn around at the 6.55 mile point. This is an out-and-back course, that is exceptionally flat and fast, through beautiful, quiet neighborhoods and along quiet, country roads.

For those registering for the marathon, be prepared for a nearly ‘flat as a pancake’ course. Remember, this is a Boston Marathon qualifying event! This will be an awesome beginner course, and is a very walker friendly marathon. The start is at 420 feet above sea level, and the highest point of the marathon takes you to 430 feet. Flat, flat, flat! For the marathon route, it will be an out-and-back, with the turn-around point being by Pre’s Trail in Alton Baker Park.

Pacers will be on course for the marathon and half marathon. Half marathon pacers will be available from 1 hour 30 minutes to 3 hours. The marathon will feature pacers from 3 hours to 6 hours 45 minutes. With your registration, half and full marathon participants will receive a gorgeous technical race shirt, finisher medal, reduced fee race photo, and a post-event meal.

Course record and age division recognition will occur.  And, there are amazing team contests happening, which result in a $700, $250, or $100 donation to the charity of your choice.

I’ll be out there participating in the half marathon again this year (hooray!). Secure your spot and get registered today!

Date: Saturday, May 28, 2016
Time: 7 a.m. start for the marathon and half marathon, 9:30 a.m. start for the 5K
Distance: Marathon, half marathon, 5K and Family Run
Cost: $95 for the marathon, $65 for the half marathon, $20 for the 5K. (All until midnight 5/27) Family Run registration available day of event.
Register: Click here to register



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