History and Accolades
The Portland Marathon is rated as one of the premier marathons in the U.S. and one of the top 10 road race events in the U.S, and one of the top 40 races of all types and distances.
Runner’s World called the Portland Marathon “the best people’s marathon in the West” and for the past ten years has ranked it as one of the top marathons in the country.
We are also very proud of previous rankings by the Ultimate Guide to Marathons which has listed the Portland Marathon as:
“The best organized Marathon in North America”
“One of the top 3 marathons to do as a first marathon”
Walker Friendliest Marathon
Listed by Runner’s World as the “most walker-friendly marathon in the US,” the Portland Marathon has been welcoming walkers for over 20 years! We are fortunate to have a great course that allows us to stay open for 8 hours.
With our 4,500 dedicated volunteers, our event is proud of its motto: “All finishers are treated as winners!”
The normal mean Portland temperature for early October is 55 degrees. Rainfall for October 1st averages .02 inches. The estimated normal mean temperature at 7:00 a.m. is 50 and 61 at 12:00 noon.
Entertainment – Best in the West
The Portland Marathon has an abundance of live entertainment and music along the course. In past years this has included rock, jazz and country bands, a brass fanfare, street performers, a mandolin orchestra, a jug band, two 18 piece big bands, a dixieland band, aerobic dancers and numerous high school cheerleading squads. We attract additional entertainment every year. Last year, over 74 groups entertained at 53 locations along the course.