August 2009 News, updates, tips, and true stories as we countdown to the 38th Annual Portland Marathon on Oct. 4, 2009

Portland Marathon has more than Rock 'n' Roll!

We may not have "rock" in our name, but the Portland Marathon sure knows how to put on an awesome show. Classical, jazz, blues, rock, drums, marimba, Dixieland, big band, swing, Christian, country, Latin, Andean, and even accordions and polka, the Portland Marathon's variety of music and entertainment is sure to keep you entertained at every mile.

Over the 26.2-mile course, we will feature 76 bands and entertainers at 61 venues.
In addition to bands and music, we also have cheerleaders, dancers, and spectators. We will publish a full entertainment schedule as we get closer to Oct. 4. For more information, be sure to check our website or join us on Facebook, Twitter (@pdxmarathon), or Myspace, for the latest information and conversations.

Don't forget to register before Aug. 15.

August 15th is our last day for guaranteed entry. Beyond this date, registration is first come, first served. We are nearly 2,000 entries ahead of this time last year so we really anticipate being sold out no later than August 25th, so sign up now for the 38th Annual Portland Marathon before it's too late. Visit to register today.

Mavis Lindgren holds the record for the oldest woman to finish the Portland Marathon.

Here are some fun facts about the Portland Marathon. Did you know...

- 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.

Portland Marathon committee members Mamie Wheeler and Zack Stratford with John "The Penguin" Bingham at our booth at Rock 'n' Roll Seattle.

Portland Marathon visits Rock 'n' Roll San Diego and Seattle

Check out these two entries in our video diary from our visits to San Diego and Seattle. We "ran" into some celebrities, such as Ryan Hall and Bart Yasso, and met lots of great folks who love the Portland Marathon.

San Diego Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Video

Seattle Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Video

This is one of our favorites too….Runner's comments about our mp3 policy

Ryan Hall, reigning US King of the Roads; Elvis, a pretend King of R&R, and Bart Yasso, CRO (Chief Running Officer) of Runner's World, pose for a photo at Rock 'n' Roll Seattle.

Our featured sponsor for this issue is the Portland Hilton & Executive Suites

We would like to thank the Portland Hilton & Executive Suites for their ongoing support and sponsorship. The have been the Portland Marathon's official hotel for more than 26 years! The Hilton hotel, located at 921 SW Sixth Avenue, is also the host of the Sports & Fitness Expo, Pasta Party, and Awards Ceremony. They are only 300 yards from our Start and Finish area. We're told only a handful of rooms are still remaining for the weekend of Oct. 4th. Currently, the reservation page for the Hilton says they are full, but this is not correct. To book a room at the Hilton for event weekend, please call 503-226-1611 or 1-800-Hiltons. For more information on the Portland Hilton & Executive Suites, visit

Our featured charity for this issue is the Make-A-Wish Foundation

The Portland Marathon is a non-profit event that donates proceeds back to charities and organizations in the Portland-Metro community, such as the Children’s Cancer Association, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Oregon Hospice Association, Team In Training Leukemia & Lymphoma, Hope 4 Kids International, The Children’s Tumor Foundation, Ray of Hope Foundation, and the American Cancer Society. This month, we would like to recognize the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. Born in 1980 when a group of caring volunteers helped a young boy fulfill his dream of becoming a police officer, the Foundation is now the largest wish-granting charity in the world, with 67 chapters in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and more than 25,000 volunteers, the Make-A-Wish Foundation grants a wish every 40 minutes and has granted more than 161,000 wishes in the U.S. since inception.

The Oregon chapter serves children, ages 2 through 17, living throughout Oregon and Clark County, Washington. For more information about the organization, please visit or call the chapter office at 800-934-WISH to discover how you can share the power of a wish.

In loving memory...

Long-time Portland Marathon committee member Bob Brown passed away in July from heart problems and prostate cancer. Bob served on the Portland Marathon committee for over 20 years. He helped with finisher t-shirt distribution as well as many other tasks. We want to thank him for his dedication to the event and the community. He will be missed.

First time marathoner shares her story

Kate Rau from Washington is getting ready to run her first marathon with us on Oct. 4th. Her story is filled with inspiration as well as a few good laughs. To share your story, please visit us on Twitter, Facebook, or Myspace, or e-mail your story to


You know the phrase "impulse purchase"? Well, I impulsively signed up for a marathon.

I've been a runner off and on my since I was about 13. I am now 44. I've started and stopped running so many times as an adult that I've lost count. I've stopped running because I got pregnant, because my knee hurt, because I got sick, because my child got sick, because I went on get the picture. Meanwhile, I steadily gained weight and it was time to do something about it. I got sick of the main criteria for purchasing an article of clothing was, "Does it hide my stomach?”

I knew that in order for me to stick with my running this time, I had to do something drastic. So I did some research and learned that the Portland Marathon is a great race for marathon-virgins. The race is well organized, the course is manageable for beginners and the weather is lovely. It is also nearby, as I live in Washington state. So I signed up. And then I told everyone I know that I was going to run my first marathon, so that I was forced to be accountable. I even convinced a friend/coworker to train and run it with me. We each printed up the “Beginners Training Schedule” and got started.

In the four months that we’ve been training, I have fallen on the treadmill at our work-place gym, which was witnessed by everyone, including all the “popular boys” as my (ahem, former) friend and training partner likes to remind me. I have literally run into a parked car (long story) which resulted in a hugely fat lip and a chipped front tooth, and I have had to, out of sheer desperation, make an early morning pit-stop near a bush on church grounds (I know, I know, I’m going straight to you know where.)

Despite now having lost ALL my pride, I have also lost weight, inches off my mid-section and at least 1 clothing size. Training for my first marathon has given me so much more confidence in my body and what I am capable of. When I am out on a run I feel healthy, happy, and strong and best of all, I am reminded that I AM a runner. For life.

Kate Rau

Tell us about your tunes

We continue to update our statistics on what runners are listening to and how they use music to train and run events. This helps us continue to be the MP3 Friendly Portland Marathon. Take our IPod MP3 Survey Now!

Click here to take the survey now!

Can't run this year?

You can still be a part of one of the friendliest, best organized, and most family-oriented running and walking events in the country. Put together a team of family and friends and volunteer for the 2009 Portland Marathon on Oct. 4, or just volunteer yourself. We'd love to have you. Click here to get started.

Want a coupon from Sports Authority for gear? Click below.

Sports Authority is proud to support the Portland Marathon for a second year as the official sponsor of the event's Sports and Fitness Expo. Visit a local Sports Authority store today for all your gear needs. Be sure and stop by the Sports Authority booth at the Portland Marathon Expo for more great deals and information.

Click here for special offer from Sports Authority
The valid dates are 7/10-10/4/09.

While you’re in Portland, don’t forget to visit Mt. Hood and Timberline Lodge

Looking down on quaint riverfront towns, countless waterfalls and exhilarating windsurfing and kite boarding waters, this often-photographed scenic area is home to year-round activities including hiking, camping, biking and more that attract novice and veteran outdoor enthusiasts from all over the world.

Mt. Hood boasts five ski areas, including historic Timberline Lodge, offering North America’s longest ski season and Mt. Hood Ski bowl, which offers the country’s largest night skiing area. Run-off from Mt. Hood’s volcanic slopes enriches soil in the valleys below, making the Hood River Valley one the largest fruit-growing regions in Oregon with apples, pears, and more. Home to the final legs of the Oregon Trail, the area is as steeped in history as it is in natural beauty.

To find out how to book a package to Mt. Hood and Timberline Lodge, click here to view the Portland Marathon travel page or click here to view more information on the packages available.

Information courtesy of
Connect with other Portland Marathoners via:

This email was sent to [email] by the Portland Marathon: *