Joining the Portland Marathon or Half Marathon on October 2 isn’t just about being part of a race. It’s about being part of a legacy. This is the 50th anniversary of the Portland Marathon and a chance to run the city with thousands of neighbors who believe in Rose City.
The Portland Marathon experience begins with the Expo on Saturday, October 1 from 9am-6pm at Oregon Convention Center. This is where participants pick up bibs, learn about other races, and buy lots of new running toys (which you can play with AFTER the race…Nothing new on race day!).
The marathon and half marathon events start together at 7:10am on Sunday on Naito Parkway. Half marathoners head south while marathoners head north. The routes intersect and divide several times over the miles. The marathon route includes four bridge crossings and travel through Old Town, Nob Hill, Rose Quarter, Sellwood, Eastmoreland, and along the Columbia River.
Volunteers are absolutely fabulous for this race and will be cheering runners and walkers on from start to finish. Aid stations are every two miles for the first half of the course and then every mile during the second half. Marathoners pass 19 stations while half marathoners have 11 stations with water, Nuun, and other support resources.
And of course there is the all-important FINISH LINE. Finishers receive their well-earned medal along with a poncho or iced towel (depending on the weather) at the finish line. There will be plenty of food and drinks to help recover before wandering to the after-party.
Last thing to highlight is that this 50th celebration includes the introduction of a brand new event: Kids 1-Mile Fun Run. This chip-timed race is just $5 and available for the first 500 kids who sign up. All participants receive a medal, shirt, and race bib. Kids of all ages are welcome to join in.
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