Where and when is the pre-race Expo and packet pick-up?
The Portland Marathon Sports & Fitness Expo is held at our host hotel, the Hilton Portland (503.226.1611) on Friday, October 4th from 11am-8p.m. and on Saturday, October 5th from 9am -7pm. There will be no packet pickup or registration Sunday.
How do I know if I’m registered?
If you registered online, you received an email confirmation of your registration at the time you registered. Send corrections to email@example.com. Also, you must bring the confirmation e-mail with you to the Expo on marathon weekend for packet pick-up. You must pick up your own packet!
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 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. Ultima is a drink that replaces vital minerals lost during your race. Ultima is available nationwide at Whole Foods Market and at select health food stores and running specialty stores. 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.
Is there a half marathon this year?
Yes! The Portland Marathon Half will be held in conjunction with the running of the Portland Marathon and will include all the fun, excitement and goodies of the full 26.2! The field was limited to 3,000 participants and filled fast last year. Registration closes for this event each year on January 31st.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, October 5th. 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 8 or 9 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 7 or 8 corrals and indicate your corral assignment on your bib. You cannot change your corral assignment after August 12th (we have to get the bibs printed!). You can however 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?
Sorry. No refunds.
How long do the course and finish area stay open?
There will be someone at the finish until the last participant crosses the line. We move walkers onto the sidewalk who have been on the course for about 6 hours. This occurs at an 8 hour pace just before the 22 mile mark. Again, there will be someone at the finish. Be sure to tell those who are planning to meet you, if you are later than 8 hours, that you will finish on SW Salmon between 3rd and 4th Avenues. The chip time mats are also removed at the 8 hour pace. However, those who finish are hand timed to be sure they are in our finish results.
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. One final resource is our online course tour, which will take you through a virtual course tour, and may help you and the participant get a feel for the course before event day.
What is the Pump and Run Division and where do I sign up?
The Pump and Run Division allows runners/walkers to add a special twist to their marathon experience. This division requires participants to 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 or credit card 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 Groups which we have a relationship 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.
Where do I pick up my charity runner bib and prizes for raising money?
There will be a charity information booth at the EXPO where you can pick up your charity bibs and fundraiser prizes.
What do the Finisher’s shirts look like?
This year’s finisher’s shirts will be a long sleeved shirt made of a technical fabric, micro-vent knit that wicks moisture, dries quickly and is spill resistant.
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?
Race Day Questions
Where can I get a cup of hot coffee?
Starbucks will be open at their store 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. (See the start area map)
Where is clothing storage and pickup?
There is clothing drop off near each corral. Look for the signs. Storage bag will be provided starting at 6:00 a.m. You will pick up the clothing near the reunion area after the race.
Are there showers or changing rooms after the Marathon?
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 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, your finisher shirt, and for those who want it, our traditional Portland rose and tree seedling. Food and drink is available in the finisher’s chute only. 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.
How can my family find me after the race?
There is a reunion area on 4th & Madison Ave. Letters A-Z will be posted as a guide to find family members.
Can my time at the Portland Marathon qualify me for the Boston Marathon?
Yes, the Portland Marathon is a U.S. Track and Field sanctioned and certified course. The Boston Marathon accepts our runners, provided they qualify for their age group. Our results are sent to Boston. You need only apply.
How will I know if I’ve won an award and how many awards are presented in each division?
Age division awards are 15 deep (unless there are less than 15 in your age group) beginning with age group 14-19, and continuing in 5-year increments, through age 95. There are also special awards in divisions such as the Clydesdale/Bonnydale and Pump n’ Run and teams Note: special awards are not available on event day, and are mailed to finishers. Check your race results posted on the diagonal fence at Salmon and 3rd (in the reunion area after you’ve exited the finish area) to see if you may have placed in your age division.
When do I get my race results?
Results are posted on our website at www.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!