Q & A

Where and when is the pre-race Expo and packet pick-up?

Packet pick up is at the Portland Marathon Sports & Fitness Expo, held at our host hotel, the Hilton Portland (503.226.1611) on Friday, October 3rd from 11am-8p.m. and on Saturday, October 4th from 9am -7pm. Remember there will be no packet pickup Sunday.

Where and when is the START for the Portland Marathon and Portland Marathon Half?

The starting line for the Portland Marathon and Portland Marathon Half is at SW 4th and Taylor in downtown Portland, Oregon. The events start together (learn more about our corral system below) at 7 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014.

How do I know if I’m registered?

You received an email confirmation of your registration at the time you registered. Also, you must know your bib number and bring your photo ID with you to the Expo on marathon weekend for packet pick-up. Find your bib number by going here for full marathoners or here for half marathoners. There are no 10k bib numbers.

Does the Portland Marathon qualify me for Boston?

The Portland Marathon on October 5th is a qualifier for the 2016 Boston Marathon. It is also a qualifier for the 2015 Boston Marathon IF the registration for the 2015 Boston Marathon is still open.

Who can pick up my packet for me?

Just you. Participants need to pick up their own packets and bring their photo ID. If you have a special situation and cannot make it to pick up, email our registrar Debbie at Pdxmarathon@comcast.net to make special arrangements.

What aid is available on the course this year?

Located less than every 2 miles, approximately 19 aid stations will feature water and replacement drinks. This year, the marathon will be serving Ultima Replenisher, a mineral replacement, along the course. The flavor for 2013 was their best-seller, grape! As always, to ensure carbo replacement, we will be offering 5 or 6 gummy bear stations. As of now, there will not be gel available at aid stations.

Can I start the Marathon and then decide to run in to the finish on the 1/2 Marathon course?

No. Crashing the last few miles of the Half-Marathon Course is unfair to the runners who registered for the event. Click Here to read additional facts around this prohibition.

I’m entered in the Racewalk or Nordic Walk competition for the Marathon. Where do I check in?

Please check in at the Racewalk/Nordic Walk table at the Expo. We will have bib numbers and instructions for all registered Racewalk and Nordic Walk participants. If you need to switch to either of these divisions on Marathon weekend, we can also help participants do this. Questions? Please stop by the check in table or e-mail us (prior to October 1) at ptldmarathonwalks@yahoo.com.

Are there pacers for this year’s marathon?

Yes, local running club, Team Red Lizard, will be coordinating all of the pacing responsibilities and will be holding a question/answer session for all running and walking participants as a part of the pre race Expo in the Hilton Tower on Saturday. Check the schedule of events for the time.

What is your policy on corral assignments?

Corrals are used to provide a smooth and fast start for our Marathon and Half Marathon Events. The goal is to keep slower runners from lining up in front of faster runners. Accordingly, corrals are assigned by expected marathon finish times.

We do not make the actual assignment until we are in the process of making our bibs/numbers. At that time we divide the entrants into 5 or 6 corral groupings based on what we then have registered. Those who miss the cut off are placed in one of the rear corrals.

We have found the system described works and has allowed us to have smooth starts and getting everyone underway about 15 to 20 minutes faster than when we did a mass lineup. And thus far we have not had to put in a “qualification” standard that would ask the runner for their time in another event we would be able to verify. Of course, if we find improper corral jumping we will have no alternative but to put such a qualification process in place.

What if the estimated time I entered at registration is different than it will be on event day? Can I or should I change corrals?

The corral system is set up to allow the field of participants to spread out nicely along the course route. We have those who plan to run fastest start towards the front, and those who plan to walk start towards the rear. This way the walkers aren’t bothered by runners sprinting around them, and the runners aren’t bothered by walkers in front of them. The system has worked well for our events. We base your corral assignment on what you put as your estimated finish time during registration. We will divide the field of participants into 5 or 6 corrals and indicate your corral assignment on your bib. You cannot change your corral assignment after August 15th (we have to get the bibs printed!). You can always move back to a slower corral on race day if you need to, but you will not be allowed to jump forward to a faster corral. The corrals will go one after another and your start time will not begin until you cross the starting line.

I’m injured. Can I get a refund?

We encounter this concern several times a year (pregnancy, work, injury, etc.) and like other large marathons the Portland Marathon has had a 40 year policy of no rollovers, refunds, transfers or exchanges (between individuals or events).

However, there is still something you can do with your entry fee if you choose not to participate. You can use it as a tax deductible charitable donation, as we are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Last year runners and walkers raised over $2 million for charities, and we donated over $150,000 to local clubs, teams and other nonprofits. For your tax purposes, the Portland Marathon tax ID number is 93-1015627.

How long do the course and finish area stay open?

The Portland Marathon is open for 8 hours. We move walkers onto the alternate course who have been on the course for about 6 hours. This occurs at an 8 hour pace just before the 22 mile mark.

Where can I park on race day?

Please visit our “Getting to the Start” Page!

I’m traveling from out of town, and I’m not sure how to get around the course to see my loved one race. How do I navigate the course?

We have included on our website a spectator guide, which should help you and your family/friends get around the course to support your racer. You may also consult the information desk at the Expo in the Portland Hilton for detailed suggestions.

What is the Clydesdale & Bonnydale Division? What is the Pump & Run Division?

The Clydesdale & Bonnydale divisions allow larger framed runners to compete against similar body types based on weight. The cost is $5 and you weigh in and sign up at the pre-race expo during packet pick up. The Pump and Run Division allows runners/walkers to add a special twist to their marathon experience. This division requires participants to first sign up for the Clydesdale & Bonnydale division and weigh at least 185 lbs for men and 145 lbs for women. According to weight division, each participant must perform one repetition of the bench press bar. You may sign up for this division and perform the rep at our Sports and Fitness pre-race Expo at the Hilton. There is a $5.00 registration fee charged at that time. Cash only.

How do I raise money to benefit charities? Which charities do the Portland Marathon endorse for fundraising efforts?

The Portland Marathon encourages any participant to use the event to raise money for multiple causes. Click Here to see a list of the Official & Affiliate Charities we partner with.

How much does the Portland Marathon raise for charity?

Charities use the event to raise over $2,000,000 for their causes. We also donate over $150,000 to service clubs, school teams and groups and other non-profits.

What do the Finisher’s shirts look like?

This year’s finisher’s shirts will be gender specific, long-sleeved shirts made of a technical fabric, micro-vent knit that wicks moisture, dries quickly and is spill resistant. All participants who finish will receive a finisher’s shirts clearly indicating their status as icons on the mantel of Portland Marathon history. Coveted by many but worn by a few.

When I wear my Finisher’s shirt out and about at some interesting or exotic location, to whom should I send the picture to for publication?

The picture can be sent to info@portlandmarathon.org!

Race Day Questions

Where can I get a cup of hot coffee?

Starbucks will be open on 3rd Ave at SW Jefferson or 6th and SW Salmon.

Where do event volunteers report?

Volunteers should check in at the location designated by their Marathon Committee contact or team captain. Volunteers working in the Start/Finish area should check in at the volunteer sign in spot at SW 4th & Madison in downtown Portland.

Are there showers or changing rooms after the Marathon?

No, but there are several 24 hour fitness gyms near by that offer a 1-day pass!

Will there be live results and the feature on the website known as RunPix?

Yes, these two features will return and will be on the home page of our website.

Where do I get my Marathon finisher’s medal and T-shirt?

After you cross the Marathon finish line, you will pass through the finisher’s area to receive your medal, a space blanket, a rose, loads of food and drink, your finisher shirt, a pendant and an event coin. Remember, once you depart the finish area you cannot return.

If I forget to pick up my finisher shirt, what do I do?

Take a photocopy FRONT & BACK of your run/walk bib and write your name, address and shirt size on it. Mail to: Portland Marathon, Attn: Fulfillment, 1888 SW Madison, Portland OR, 97205. You must include a check or Money order (US funds only) for $10.00 to cover postage.

Where can I get my Marathon post-race picture taken?

Your pictures are taken on the course, at the finish line and at the MarathonFoto victory stand located just before the finish area exit gate (after the food line along SW 4th Ave.). Your photos will be on our website after the event along with our results.

If I win an award in my age division or in another category, how will I receive that award?

With the exception of the overall male and female winner, all awards are mailed to the award winners 6-8 weeks after the event.

When do I get my race results?

Results are posted on our website at portlandmarathon.org. These are initially 99+% complete. We have a variety of corrections that occur within the first several weeks after the event. Note: Other locations and websites that post results may not be accurate! We are constantly updating our results!

When is the 2014 Portland Marathon?

Sunday, October 5th, 2014


"Best Race in October" - Runner's World