There’s been some talk lately of the Portland Marathon and Half Marathon potentially having to change their course or even cancel their 2017 race. Whether or not that happens – and we hope it doesn’t – it’s always good to know about other marathons and half marathons running around the same time so you can see your options.
This is the first of three posts giving you some options for fall half and full marathons. For these posts, we’re defining “Fall” as September, October, and November. This post is for September races only. Please keep in mind that this list is based on the Pacific NW Running Calendar, so you should check there for updates after this post’s original publication date. The area includes Oregon, Southern Washington, and the Seattle Metro. All locations are Oregon unless otherwise noted. We’re including races that are half and full marathons, and those that offer a similar distance. Know of more we should add? Click on “Contact us” and drop us a line.
Painted Hills Half Marathon – Sat, Sept 2 in Mitchell – details are still to be confirmed, but this is a great race that is usually less than $30. The views of the Painted Hills are amazing, and this is an extremely low-key point-to-point race that finishes at the town’s Painted Hills Festival.
Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon – Sun, Sept 3 in Carlton. This race is put on by an out-of-state group called Destination Races that does a very good job; Run Oregon has known their organizer since the first year this race was held in Oregon. A fun, challenging half (with a relay option). Current price is $110, goes up June 30.
Sunriver Half Marathon for a Cause – Sun, Sept 3 in Sunriver. This race is a fund raiser for breast cancer research and is run on the trails at Sunriver Resort. The half is currently $70.
Moore Mountain Trail Run – Sun, Sept 3 in Klamath Falls. Hosted by Southern Oregon Runners, this is a relatively low-key event priced at $45 for the half. Single track trail, 1600 feet of elevation gain.
Oregon State Penitentiary Running Program Half Marathon – Fri, Sept 8 in Salem. This is a FREE half marathon but registration requires you to mail a form to OSP. Participation numbers are capped, and registration is a first-come, first-served process. The half marathon is a loop course where you will be running with incarcerated runners in a truly amazing experience within the walls of a maximum-security prison. Donations accepted.
The Oregon Half Marathon – Sat, Sept 9 at St. Josef’s Winery near Hubbard/Canby. Put on by Uberthons, this is a well-run event that is part of a 4-race series. There is a 3:15 time limit for the half marathon. Current registration price is $60.
Timothy Lake Half Marathon – Sat, Sept 9 in Government Camp. Rogue MultiSport is the host of this race; they are a long-time race organizer that is known for well-organized trail runs and triathlons. This race is run on singletrack at elevation of about 3,000 feet. The half is currently $65 with a price bump scheduled for August 1.
Lake of the Woods Half Marathon – Sun, Sept 10 in Klamath Falls. The half is part of a weekend series of multi-sport and running events, run on a mix of road, gravel, singletrack trail, and even some grass. Current price is $40, jumps on 8/1 by $5.
Bridge of the Goddess Half Marathon – Sat, Sept 16 starting/finishing at Cascade Locks. Run With Paula does an excellent job with all her races, this one included. This is primarily a women’s race, but men can register – usually to pace a woman. It’s a very supportive event that attracts highly competitive runners and those doing their first half, including walkers. Current registration is $89.
Vancouver USA Half Marathon – Sun, Sept 17 in our neighbor to the north, Vancouver, Wash. The highlights of this race are a start/finish is beautiful Esther Short Park and segments through the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site and along the Columbia River. The half marathon course is open 5.5 hours. Current price for the half is $70.
Boring Half Marathon – Sun, Sept 17 in – where else – Boring. This race is organized by some local runners and was started in 2013; they put on a nice low-key event with a solid course. The run itself is on the Springwater Trail, and if you sign up before June 30, the half marathon is $55.
The Rogue Run Half Marathon – Sun, Sept 17 finishing in Central Point. This event is now organized by the Hood to Coast folks as part of their Race Series. This is a lovely point-to-point course that finishes up at the Southern Oregon Harvest Festival and BrewFest. Sign up before July 9 for $60 for the half.
High Alpine Half Marathon – Sun, Sept 17 in Bend. This event starts and finishes at Mt. Bachelor, and yes, it’s on trail. This half is only $40 until August 27 and then it’s $45.
Country Girl Half Marathon – Sat, Sept 23 at Kliever Memorial Armory. The location is near the Columbia-Edgewater Country Club off NE Marine Drive at NE 33rd Dr. Put on by Terrapin Events, a local race organization company that puts on good events with really fun after-parties. The price is $69 until June 20 and then it goes up to $79 until August 16.
Florence Half Marathon – Sun, Sept 24 in Florence. Run Oregon’s friends at Pink Buffalo Racing put this event on – they put on a number of great events from their home base in the Eugene area. This half is only $50 through September 23 and $60 DOR.
Pints to Pasta Half Marathon – Sun, Sept 24 in Hood River. Hosted by the Hood to Coast Race Series, this event looks like a lot of fun with a sweet after-party. The half is $60 until July 9.
Molalla River Trail Race – Sat, Sept 23 near Molalla. This is the first year for the half marathon at this event, which previously was just a 10k and 5k. The distance isn’t exactly a half, but it’s close enough we’re putting it on this list. The half is capped at 150. The half is $45 through July 8.
Close to Half Marathon distance
Hardesty Hardcore – Sat, Sept 2 in Oakridge – 14 miles: Put on by Level 32 Racing, this trail run has some serious climbing and descending. 4-hour time limit; $40
Moore Mountain Trail Run – Sun, Sept 3 in Klamath Falls – 30k. Hosted by Southern Oregon Runners, this 30k (18.6 miles) is $55. Single track trail.
Enchanted Forest Wine Run – Sat, Sept 23 near Grants Pass – 24k. This event started a few years ago and is a fund raiser for the Applegate School District. This is a trail run that is advertised as “not fast,” but it sounds beautiful! Registration online is $55 and DOR is $60.
Vancouver USA Marathon – Sun, Sept 17 in Vancouver, Wash. The marathon course is open for 7.5 hours, and in addition to the half marathon’s course features, marathoners will get to also run past Vancouver Lake and Frenchman’s Bar. Current registration is $85.
The Rogue Run Marathon – Sun, Sept 17 finishing in Klamath Falls. This event is now organized by the Hood to Coast folks as part of their Race Series. This is a lovely point-to-point course that finishes up at the Southern Oregon Harvest Festival and BrewFest. Sign up before July 9 for $95 for the full.
Boring Marathon – Sun, Sept 17 in – where else – Boring. This race is organized by some local runners and was started in 2013; they put on a nice low-key event with a solid course. The run itself is on the Springwater Trail with a few “side detours” into neighborhoods, and if you sign up before June 30, the marathon is $70.