Does the Portland Marathon qualify me for Boston?

The Portland Marathon course is a certified Boston qualifying course. Our upcoming event on October 7, 2018, is a qualifier for the 2020 Boston Marathon. It is also a qualifier for the 2019 Boston Marathon IF the registration for the 2019 Boston Marathon is still open.

Is the course certified?

The courses have been certified by Lee Barrett who is a long time national course measurer and certifier for USATF, IAAF, AIMS and others.  The certification number for the courses is OR17019LB.

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 downtown on Friday, October 5, 2018 from 11am – 8p.m. and on Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 9am  – 6pm. Remember there is no packet pickup Sunday.

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

The starting line for the Portland Marathon & Portland Marathon Half is at SW Salmon and 2nd in downtown Portland, Oregon. The events start together (learn more about our corral system below) at 7:00 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018.

Who can pick up my packet for me?

Just you. Participants need to pick up their own packets and bring their photo ID.

What aid is available on the course this year?

Located less than every 2 miles, 19 aid stations on the Marathon course and 10 on half course that will feature water and Ultima Replenisher, an electrolyte drink. As always, we will be offering 5 or 6 gummy bear and pretzel 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.

Are there pacers?

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 Expo Saturday.

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. With a brief wait between corral starts there is space for runners to run into as they start the race. Accordingly, corrals are assigned by expected marathon finish times once the events are both closed.

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 corral groupings. Those who register late or fail to input a valid predicted finish time are placed in one of the rear corrals.

We have found the system described works as it has allowed for smooth starts, and gets all participants underway about 15 to 20 minutes faster than when we did a mass lineup. 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. The corrals will go one after another and your start time will not begin until you cross the starting line.

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. Prior to August 15th, send us an email to change your predicted finish time (info@portlandmarathon.org). You may not change your corral assignment after August 15thBut remember, you can always move back to a slower corral on race day if you need to, but you will not be permitted to jump 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 cannot participate in the Event (injury, pregnancy, illness, work schedule, family emergency). Can I get a refund/deferral to next year/bib transfer/event transfer?

Due to the upfront nature of event costs, we have a uniform policy of no refunds, transfers or deferrals to a future year.  We know that plans change and unexpected things come up, but we feel it is most fair to apply a uniform policy to all, instead of an arbitrary line of who merits a refund and who doesn’t.  Thank you for your understanding. The Portland Marathon tax ID number for your reference is: 93-1015627.

How long do the course and finish area stay open?

We move walkers on to the off-street course who are behind a 15min per mile pace. Times can be variable based on security requirements.

Where can I park on race day?

Please visit our “Getting to the Start” Page!

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. There is also an optional add on to the Clydesdale & Bonnydale division, and that is the Pump and Run! Pump and Run allows runners/walkers to add a special twist to their marathon experience! This option 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. The results for these special divisions are posted 1-2 weeks after the event.

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. See a list here.

What do the Finisher’s shirts look like?

Finisher’s shirts are 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.

Changes in finisher shirt size or color cannot be made after August 15th. To do so, would lead to others not getting the shirt that they requested. Please be respectful of our finish line volunteers who do a fantastic job of distributing finisher shirts!

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 or posted on our Facebook Page

Race Day Questions

Will there be a live tracking feature on the website?

Yes, there will be live chip-timed tracking on the web site on event weekend.

Where can I get a cup of hot coffee?

Welcome to Portland. There are several coffee shops within blocks of the Start & Finish area. We don’t want to assume your individual tastes and our varied local roasters have a plethora of options.

Where do event volunteers report?

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

Are there showers or changing rooms after the Marathon?


Will there be 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 on event weekend.

Where do I get my finisher’s medal and shirt?

After you cross the finish line, you will pass through the finisher’s area to receive your medal, a rose, loads of food and drink, your finisher shirt, a pendant and an event coin. Remember, re-admittance  to the finish area is not permitted so be sure to not miss any of your goodies.

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, 200 SW Market St., Suite 1900, Portland OR, 97201. You must include a check or Money order (US funds only) for $10.00 for s&h. Sizes and color options cannot be guaranteed.

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 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. Awards are 3 deep in each age group.

When do I get my race results?

Results are posted on our website. Our results 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 next Portland Marathon? What about 2019?

Sunday, October 7th, 2018
Sunday, October 6th, 2019




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