For Fun

1) Want to know what it’s like to run the Portland Marathon (well, sort of). Play our interactive course game…Click Here

2) Want to know more about the course? Don’t forget to check this out: Course – Turn By Turn

3) Fun Facts about the Portland Marathon. Did you know…

  • Since 1993 the Portland Marathon through its giving of seedlings to finishers has been responsible for the planting of over 110,000 trees…the largest virtual forest in the world and a carbon credit.
  • The Cascade Range, including Mt. Hood and Mt. St. Helens are visible from the Portland Marathon course.
  • There were 173 finishers at the first Portland Marathon in 1972. There were only five women and the average age of participants was 20.6 years. Now, we have approximately 9,000 finishers, nearly 60% are women.
  • The average age of Portland Marathon women finishers is 34 and 35 years old for men.
  • The Portland Marathon was first run on an island outside of Portland, Marathon Island, which is now know as Sauvie Island.
  • The Portland Marathon has more on-course entertainment than the “Rock N’ Roll“ marathon series with more than 70 acts.
  • The Portland Marathon is one of the only remaining distance-running events in the country that allows MP3-players and Ipods.
  • The course of the Portland Marathon goes by the smallest city park (SW Taylor and Naito) in the U.S. as well as one of the largest (Forest Park).
  • The oldest woman to finish the Portland Marathon was 91 (Mavis Lindgren). The oldest man was 95. The oldest participant in a Portland Marathon event was 100.
  • The Portland Marathon once had a 5-year old finisher (who did so without the knowledge of event officials).
  • It has only rained on the Portland Marathon twice in 29 years and the weather always averages 50 to 54 degrees at the start of the event.
  • The Portland Marathon has the highest percentage of women participants of any mixed marathon in the world.
  • Runner’s World magazine voted the Portland Marathon one of the most walker-friendly marathons in the country in March 2009.

Display your pride worldwide!

Send us a photo of yourself wearing your finisher shirt or other Portland Marathon apparel in whatever exotic locale your travels take you; or a photo of yourself standing next to your finisher seedling turned towering tree. Include a descriptive caption, and it may appear on our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or in one of our upcoming publications!

Email submissions:
In the subject heading type: Portland Marathon WDYWYS, attach your photo (file size should not exceed 2 mb), don’t forget to write your caption in the body of the email and send to

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