Race Preview: Uberthons 2017 Summer Full/Half/Quarter Marathon

Wow, it seems like it was just last week that I ran in the Uberthons Spring event (half marathon, quarter marathon, 5K), and now the Summer event is less than month away on July 22. If you are new to Uberthons events, you may wonder, how are the seasonal events different?

For one thing, each seasonal event takes place in a different part of Oregon: Winter was entirely on the golf course at The Reserve Vineyards & Golf Course in Aloha; Spring showed off Heirloom Roses in St. Paul; and Summer will take participants on the Vernonia-Banks trail. Also, unlike the other seasonal events, the Summer one includes a full marathon, for those of you who like that sort of thing. There are also options for a half or a quarter marathon, and I’ll note that, having run this course in 2013, the half marathon offers a great shot at a PR – it starts in the middle of the marathon route, at the highest point of the course, with eight downhill miles followed by five flat ones.

What do you get with registration?

  • each finisher gets a finisher’s medal
  • post-race food with hamburgers, ice cream, fruit, and more
  • bag check
  • bus ride from the parking area in Banks to the start of the half or full marathon (quarter marathon starts and finishes in Banks)
  • pacing groups
  • 1st/2d/3d place age/gender group pins
  • 1st/2d/3d place awards for overall and 45+ runners; 1st place award for 65+ runners
  • regular aid stations with water and electrolytes

Oregon summers can be hot, so the marathon starts at 7 a.m. with a 6:30 a.m. early bird start available. The half and quarter marathons start at 7:30 a.m. For the full and half marathons, the part of the course on the Vernonia-Banks trail should offer plenty of forest cover and shade.


Oregon Summer Marathon/Half Marathon/Quarter Marathon

When: July 22, 2017

Where: Banks High School, 13050 Main Street, Banks, Oregon (parking)

Register: Online here ($75 for marathon; $60 for half marathon; $50 for quarter marathon; all registrations will include a small processing fee)

Pre-race packet pickup: July 20, 2017 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott 6100 SW Meadows Rd. Lake Oswego, Oregon; July 21, 2017 from 4 6 to 8 p.m. at Courtyard by Marriott in Hillsboro, 3050 NW Stucki Place, Hillsboro, Oregon [NOTE CORRECTED PICK UP TIME FOR JULY 21]

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