Here we are, mid-way through July and fall marathons are starting to feel very real for those doing their long runs solo! Why not join the friendly volunteer pace group leaders at the Portland Marathon Clinic on their free Saturday long run and enjoy some company? When I was a participant and then a pacer, I made a number of friends that I still enjoy running with nearly 8 years later.
This Saturday’s run starts at 8a, like usual, and will offer distance options of 16 and 18 miles. The run will begin at the downtown Mountain Hardwear location at 722 SW Taylor. Your best parking option is probably a smart park, or you can skip the whole parking headache and take Max or the bus. The store’s doors will be open at 7:30a. If you aren’t ready for 16 or 18 miles, you can run the first few miles with the group and then just turn back early! (If you do this, be sure to tell the pace group leader so they aren’t concerned about you.)
There will be two aid stations on the course, which is an out-and-back (view this weekend’s route here). The run will start by heading south on Broadway and then wind around to Terwilliger. Keep in mind that PMC practices the long, slow distance training model, so they will not push too hard on the hills. Both groups will follow Terwilliger all the way over SW Barbur, past the Burlingame neighborhoods, and alongside Tryon Creek Park. Those running 8 miles will turn around just a little past SW Iron Mountain Boulevard before reaching Highway 43 and Lake Oswego. If you are going 9 miles, you will get to run on N. State Street all the way to Stickmen Brewing Company. Not a bad business to know the location of!
Plan ahead and bring nutrition and hydration for during and after the run. Dry clothes to change into for the ride/drive home will also be appreciated after this many miles.