It’s July, which means we’re entering the prime of summer. And that means it’s time for the Oregon Summer Marathon on July 21. Uberthons stages a half marathon for each season, but this is the only one that includes a full marathon option. Each of the seasonal races takes place in a different part of Oregon, and this one covers the Vernonia-Banks Trail.
It’s a point-to-point course starting in Vernonia and ending in Banks. This is a USATA-certified course, and can serve as a qualifying course for the Boston Marathon (and has been used by numerous runners in past years).
If the full marathon isn’t your cup of tea, this event also offers Half and Quarter Marathon options. The Half Marathon is a sneaky good choice because it starts (more or less) at the halfway point of the Full Marathon, which also happens to be about the highest point of the race course. Therefore, the Half course is about 7 miles of downhill, followed by 6 miles of flat terrain. It’s also a nice run through the forested trail. The Quarter course is an out-and-back that goes from the Full/Half endpoint up the trail and then turning around to return.
There will be buses taking Full and Half Marathoners from Banks (the finish line) to their respective starting points.
I’ve run both the Half and Quarter Marathons (my recap of last year’s Quarter Marathon with some coverage of the longer distances is here), and this is a great location, and staged with the usual Uberthons efficiency and perks, including a hamburger bar. I know it sounds weird to eat a hamburger in the morning, but trust me, it was tasty!
Oregon Summer Full/Half/Quarter Marathon
When: July 21, 2018, at 6:30 am (Full Marathon), 7:30 am (Half Marathon), 8:00 am (Quarter Marathon)
Where: Banks High School, 13050 Main Street, Banks, Oregon
Register: Online here ($90 for Full, $75 for Half, $60 for Quarter – includes entry to post-race hamburger bar)
Pre-race packet pickup: July 20, 2018, from 4 to 7 pm at Fairfield Inn & Suites, 6100 SW Meadows Road, Lake Oswego [there will NOT be day of race bib pickup, so if you cannot show up for pre-race pickup, you can elect to have your bib mailed for $5]