In a statement from the Portland Bureau of Transportation sent to Run Oregon at 10a today:
The Portland Bureau of Transportation has approved a Special Event Permit for the Portland Marathon, which is scheduled to be held Oct. 8, 2017. Because the event organizers did not contact the Police Bureau, Portland Fire & Rescue or PBOT to discuss event plans for more than six months, City staff set specific deadlines for major decisions and required pre-payment for Police and transportation planning services.
In recent weeks, event organizers have identified locations for aid stations on the route, obtained a noise variance for music, and submitted applications for parking removal and other measures needed to make way for the start/finish area.
City bureaus went above and beyond what we ever do for special events to make it possible for the marathon to be held on the scheduled date. We’ll be monitoring their compliance with the terms of the permit, to ensure that appropriate safety procedures are in place.