Race Preview: 2017 Northwest Series (Pendleton)

Are you looking for a challenge this Fall? How do you feel about running 6 marathons in 3 states over 6 days? No big deal, just your regular routine, right?  In all seriousness, Mainly Marathons  has an exciting race series called the Northwest Marathon Series that will give you a chance to do something epic. Or if you’d just rather do just one of the races in the series or pick and choose, that’s an option too.

Day 1 & 2 of the Northwest Series kicks off September 2nd and 3rd in Pendleton, OR. You have the option to decide on a full marathon, a half marathon, a 10k, or a 5k. You’ll start at the Convention Center and run on the River Path. The event is a 1.87 mile out and back course which will repeat 7 times for the half marathon and 14 times for the full marathon. The course is mostly flat and primarily on pavement.

Day 3 & 4 of the Northwest Series will occur on September 4th and 5th  in Clarkson, WA. You can read more about the Washington event here. Day 5 & 6 of the series are located in Lewiston, Idaho on September 6th & 7th  and details are listed here. Both the WA and ID courses are 2.2 miles long with the half marathon being 6 laps and the full marathon being 12 laps.

There will be a free pasta dinner during series packet pick-up the evening before the 1st race in Pendleton from 4:00PM to 6:00PM. Suggestions for the other days and locations will be posted on Facebook and at each day’s race.

There is no time limit on any of the races and there is a “no runner left behind” policy so no worries if you think you might be too slow. Walkers are also welcome! Pets won’t be allowed but strollers are fine if you want to bring kids.

There will be one giant “aid station” with a ton of great food and drink options available to you. Sandwiches, fruit, coffee, Gatorade, and everything in between will be waiting for you at the Loony Lunchbox, which is a mobile kitchen.

All participants will receive a separate medal for each day as well as a special medal if they complete all 6 races. You’ll also receive a t-shirt and some other fun stuff. This race even offers you a medal if this is your first full or half marathon! There’s also the “famous caboose” which is given to the final finisher of the half and full marathon.


What: Northwest Series – Pendleton

When: September 2nd & 3rd, 2017 at 6:00AM. Early start option is available as well.

Where: Convention Center, 1657 Westgate, Pendleton

Register: Here for 1 day Pendleton only. You also have the option of signing up for all 6 races in the series all at once here.

Registration Cost: For 1 day race in Pendleton, Marathon is $130, Half Marathon is $115, 10k is $45, 5k is $35. For all 6 races, Marathon is $780, Half is $690, 10k is $270, and 5k is $210. $10 discount available to active military. Other discounts are available for local participants or members of clubs that will list these events on their calendars, so feel free to contact Mainly Marathons for details.

Packet Pick-Up: September 1st from 4:00PM-6:00PM at the Convention Center in Pendleton. There will also be a free pasta dinner at this time. Late registration and packet pick-up are also available starting at 4:30AM on race day at the start line.

About Nikki Mueller (564 Articles)
I'm the owner of Healthy Girl Fitness and I'm a personal trainer, certified AFAA group exercise instructor, and an RRCA certified running coach in SW Portland. I am also the mother of two young boys and am on the board at my youngest son's school. I led a relatively inactive life throughout my 20's until I discovered the world of fitness and running. I ran my first marathon in 2006 and haven't looked back since.
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