The Portland Marathon is open to runners and walkers of varying ages and skill. Wheelchair entrants are welcome (in our full marathon only). We discourage participants under the age of 16. For your own protection, entrants are strongly recommended to have had a thorough medical examination within six months of race date. Unregistered participants are not allowed to complete the course and are subject to removal by event officials and/or police.

Strollers: Those who wish to push someone safely in the event must first contact our office about their intentions. When and if permitted, the person pushed as well as the person pushing and anyone else accompanying must ALL be registered participants.

Age Divisions

Age groups and categories for men and women will include 15 categories: 19-under; 20-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40- 44; 45-49; 50-54; 55-59; 60-64; 65-69; 70-74; 75-79; 80- 84; 85-89; 90 & over. Number of awards are based on the number of participants in each category.

Special Divisions

  • Teams
  • Men & Women Wheelchair (full marathon only)
  • Half Marathon Nordic Walking (see related events for entry requirements)
  • Half Marathon Olympic Style Race Walking (see related events for entry requirements)
  • Masters Competition (over 40)
  • Clydesdale & Bonnydale Competition (for the larger framed runner – sign up at the Expo – $5.00 fee)
  • Pump & Run Muscle Division (must also participate in Clydesdale & Bonnydale Competition, sign up at Expo – $5.00 fee)

Clydesdale and Bonnydale Competition

39 and under and 40 and over for:
Men Women
185-199 145-159
200-224 160-179
225-249 180+

In addition there are “Pump and Run” divisions . A formula of weight pressed at the time of Expo is used to determine winners.

39 and under and 40 and over for:
Men Women
185-199 Bench 205 145-159 Bench 110
200-224 Bench 215 160-179 Bench 115
225-249 Bench 225 180+ Bench 120
250-299 Bench 235
300+ Bench 250

Those interested in these divisions must officially sign up for the competition at the Sports & Fitness Expo. Look for signs in the main Expo room. There is a special $5.00 entry fee for each. Awards are sent to winners 6-8 weeks after the event.

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