This week’s training run for the free Portland Marathon Clinic will offer three distances: 12 miles, 13 miles, and 15 miles.
The run will start at 8a from the Road Runner Sports in the Nyberg Woods Shopping Center at 7063 SW Nyberg Street in Tualatin. This is immediately east of I-5 at the Nyberg Street exit, and there is ample parking. There are also some great businesses there like Jamba Juice, Panera, and Starbucks, for you to grab your post-run snack!
The route will start by running along Nyberg Lane, looping around to SW 50th, and then up to SW Borland Road. At that point, you’ll pass by the Legacy Meridian Park campus and turn south on SW 65th to Atfalati Park and run in front of it on SW Sagert. Crossing over the freeway, you’ll get into the heart of Tualatin and run on SW Martinazzi to SW Avery and then SW Boones Ferry toward Tualatin High School. From there, a loop will take you past Ibach Park and to the first turnaround at 6 miles, which is on SW Teton just past SW 103rd Drive.
Runners targeting 13 miles will run another half-mile before turning back, and those doing 15 will follow SW Teton across Tualatin-Sherwood Road and Herman Road, turning back just past SW Tualatin Road. From there it’s just a retracing of the steps back to the finish.
Right now, it looks like light rain, so dress appropriately and be sure to test out your anti-chafing strategy. Bring your own hydration and nutrition; even with the aid station at mile 5 (which you’ll pass on the way back), it’s important to be prepared.