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Race Preview: 2018 Pacific Northwest Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5k (Eugene)

The Pacific Northwest Marathon, half marathon and 5k will be September 15th, 2018 this year -a date that is one of the closest you will find for registering for the 2019 Boston Marathon. It’s a perfect USATF Certified marathon as your “last chance” for making it to Boston ’19 (or just to run a great late summer/early fall event.

The Pacific Northwest Marathon starts in Eugene, running through Coburg and Harrisburg. The Fall weather in Oregon generally makes for excellent racing weather! The course is one of the flattest courses in Oregon, starting at 400 ft, ending at 325 ft. The course will take you along the Willamette River to the small town of Coburg, then into Harrisburg. Both the full marathon and the half marathon are flat, fast, and gradually downhill. You will also experience the scenic farmlands of the southern Willamette Valley. All three races will end at Harrisburg High School! You can take a closer look at the course on the interactive maps here!

Expo: Friday September 14th, 4:00-7:00p at Norma Pfeiffer Park in Coburg (corner of Harrison and Mckenzie St.) Enjoy Live music, food, and inspiring stories as you come to pick you your race day packet and instructions for the shuttle on race morning.

All Shuttle Schedules can be found here.  There will be shuttles to the expo on Friday and for the half and full marathon on race morning. Finish line shuttles will run from Harrisburg High School back to Coburg and the host hotel (Hilton Garden Inn, 3528 Gateway St Springfield 97477) throughout Saturday.

Start times and Locations:

  • 5k: 9:00a (TBA)
  • Half Marathon: 8:00a (TBA start – Shuttles Provided from Host Hotels and Harrisburg Finish Line)
  • Full Marathon: 6:30a (Harrison St. Coburg start-
    Shuttles Provided from Host Hotels and Harrisburg Finish Line)

Don’t wait much longer to register! Race day is approaching fast! 

  • 5k $30.00 (until September 13th)
  • Half Marathon $55.00 (until September 2nd) $65.00 (after September 2nd)
  • Full Marathon $85.00 (until September 2nd) $95.00 (after September 2nd)


Pacific Northwest Mission:

The mission of the Pacific Northwest Marathon is to help people overcome challenges in order to achieve their fitness goals. There is a fitness crisis in our country. People are suffering more and more from chronic disease, poor nutrition, and inactivity. We invite you to join our supportive community, fight this downward cycle, work to live the life you have always wanted, and inspire others along the way. The Pacific Northwest Marathon will help you achieve new heights, overcome personal challenges, and be more healthy. This is your journey!

Image may contain: 1 person“I like that it’s a Saturday race and that I got to participate in the inaugural marathon. It was awesome to run it for the 2nd year and get a BQ. The massage tables and the food at the end is wonderful!” ~Kim Bucher

“I loved the availability of the race organizers who are there to help you and answer your questions! I had lots of questions as it was my first and they went beyond both the day of bib pick up and day of marathon with there support!” 

~Erica Mazo (Pacific Northwest 2017 was her first marathon)

See The Pacific Northwest Marathon on Facebook to keep up on all their announcements and newest news here!

About Julie Mullins (57 Articles)
I am a 41 year-old runner from Dallas, OR. I am married to Jerry (also a runner) and we have three kids (one who will run with us on occasion). I work full time at West Valley Hospital/Salem Health and run as often as I can. I ran in High school but as an adult, started running in 2008. Since then, I have completed 13 full marathons, numerous 5k, 10ks and 15k. I've run two Ultras and just completed my 31st half marathon. My goal is the get my BQ in 2018 at Eugene Marathon! (Pinch me, I DID IT!!!) I also organize a local running group called ZaoFit (on facebook). I LOVE running with others - it is what keeps me motivated to stay consistent, and to keep dreaming big.

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