- PM is sold out
- A pre-event note from the Event Director, Les Smith
- Announcing the annual Portland Marathon Kids Fun Run Obstacle Course & Festival!
- 27th Annual 10K Family Walk
- Dare to do the Downhill Dash?
- Want to put yourself on the course...right now? YOU CAN!
- Worried about running alone?
- Portland Marathon Interactive Course Challenge
- Getting to the Event
- Active Mind Camps
- Zico
- Alpenrose Dairy
- Join Mercy Health System to run for a reason
- Education for Life
- Like resort towns? How about wine tasting?
- It's all at the Hilton!
- Where did you wear your shirt?
- Join the conversation
- 41st Portland Marathon
August 2012 News, updates, tips, and true stories as we countdown
to the 41st Annual Portland Marathon on 10-07-12.


The Portland Marathon Committee is pleased to announce that the October 7th Portland Marathon and Portland Half Marathon has now sold all of its general public registrations for its 41st Event. A few charity entries are still available.

Last year charities working with the Portland Marathon raised between $2M and $3M for charity and the Portland Marathon donated over $200,000 to various other nonprofits, school activity groups and school athletic teams. The nonprofit Portland Marathon with over 10,000 finishers from all 50 States and 21 Countries, generated an economic impact of over $25M for the Portland area.

Currently limited registrations are open for the Portland Marathon's 10K DownHill Dash; 10K Family Walk; and, KidsRun & Festival, all of which take place on the weekend of October 6 - 7.

The 23rd Portland Marathon Event Director's College will take place at the MAC October 4 - 6. This three day conference features panels of Event Director's from around the US. Topics covered, among others, will include management and organization, volunteers, charity involvement, marketing and the use of technology.

For more information on the Portland Marathon and its many activities go to portlandmarathon.org.

A pre-event note from the Event Director, Les Smith

Our Portland Marathon Event Committee is completing the final details for our October 7th events. We have ordered the "swag". And, we are getting the logistics ready to be sure you all have another great event and a fun time.

As noted, except for charity entries, our Full and Half Marathons have sold all the public entries. Our related smaller events, including the 10K DownHill Dash (250 entries) and 10K Family Walk (450 entries) are open but at this point are about 2/3 filled. Please note that we dropped the price of our Saturday, October 6th Kid's Run & Family Festival. So sign up quickly for these events.

We are also pleased that we will be joined again this year by Olympic Marathon Gold Medal Winner Frank Shorter, four time Boston and New York City Marathon winner Billy Rodgers and former Olympian and writer Jeff Galloway. They will do Saturday presentations at our Expo, sign posters and attend our awards ceremony on Sunday.

Clothing and Gear at the Expo

Really terrific official Portland Marathon souvenir clothing and gear will be again be available this year at our Expo. Provided thru Greenlayer Sports, a Portland based company, about 40 event inspired items and styles will be offered. We sold out of some items last year by mid-Saturday. So plan accordingly. And look for the email blast that will come out in September with more information about these souvenir items.

Absolute NOs

Elsewhere in this newsletter there is an overview article about "no transfers" and "no switches" between events, especially on event day. Please read that article, if you have any questions.

We know that in order to make some additional money, some events will allow transfers or switches. But as noted, it is more about keeping the integrity of the charity side of our events, in particular the Half Marathon, than it is about the administrative practicalities involved. Our charities work all season to gain those who will run for their cause and give them an entry for doing so. But for the Event to start to resell or allow transfers defeats the charity incentive.

The NO-NO: Last year a number of those who registered tried to pick up their bib/numbers and then give it to someone. Or sold their number to someone. As set forth, doing this is not only illegal in terms of fraud, misrepresentation and false impersonation but it is a gross violation of runner/walker etiquette. A bib/number is not a ticket to a baseball game. Bib/numbers are personal and individualized. Last year several runners treated medically did not match their bib numbers. That's dangerous. And, one person running with her Mother's number ruined the day for an age division group. That's mean.

Fortunately our tech/spy and day of event systems have helped to stop and/or eliminate these cheaters. And, of course, a marathon chip will not register as a Half Marathon finish. Instead that person is automatically disqualified. But to think a full Marathoner would cut the course and pretend to be a Half Marathoner -- take a Half Marathoner's swag -- atrocious! Let us know if you spot such a scofflaw.

The Shadow Portland Marathons and Halfs for our Military

For the fourth year we anticipate helping to produce shadow Marathons or Halfs for troops deployed in Afghanistan. These are at no cost to our troops. We help them with what they need to put on an event that runs under the Portland Marathon name and on the same day and sometimes at the exact same time as our event on event day.

We provide shirts, medals, bibs, volunteer shirts and all the other swag our Marathoners and Half Marathoners receive. We also commission a special Challenge Coin (similar to our Event Coin) for the military unit that hosts the event. In past years over 2000 have completed our shadow events. And, we have enjoyed doing these events for units of our Oregon National Guard as well as other units, including those from Ft. Lewis, Washington.

We will have a number of those troops running with us in Portland this year. And, we will have a good number out on the course as volunteers. When you meet or see them, tell them thanks for their service.

Meanwhile train smartly and taper properly in September. We look forward to seeing you on October 7th!

- Les

It's all at the Hilton!

It's all at the Hilton! It’s the site of our registration & expo, and just 3 blocks from the start/finish! Reserve your room today. If you’re coming from out of town, no need to rent a car if you’re at the Hilton. Just take MAX from the airport and walk everywhere you need to go!

(Note: registration is up this year, so book your room early to ensure availability.)



EARLY registration for the October 6, 2013 Portland Marathon and Portland Marathon HALF will open at REDUCED RATES on September 1st.

A lot of runners and walkers have told us they missed getting into our 2012 events because they waited too long. We want you as part of our special list of Portland Marathon friends to have the first shot at getting into our 2013 events, in particular The Portland Marathon Half.

Last year charities working with the Portland Marathon raised between $2M and $3M for charity and the Portland Marathon donated over $200,000 to various other nonprofits, school activity groups and school athletic teams. The nonprofit Portland Marathon with over 10,000 finishers from all 50 States and 21 Countries, generated an economic impact of over $25M for the Portland area.

Please note that The Portland Marathon Half will again be limited to 2500 public registrations before it becomes a charity event. The first three years of this event sold out by early January...with each year getting earlier sell outs. In theory, we will keep registration open until January 31, 2013, unless we sell out...which based on past history -- will occur again. So miss the last minute rush...take a discount...do not be disappointed... get in early!!"

Announcing the annual Portland Marathon Kids Fun Run Obstacle Course & Festival!

Date: October 6, 2012

Time: 9 a.m. to Noon

Location: Lincoln High School Track 1600 Southwest Salmon Street, Portland, OR 97205

This event will be held on Saturday and be dedicated to our community of active Marathon-runners-in-training, ages 2-12. This fun event will include:

  • A Fun Run Obstacle Course
    Ages 2-5 (9:30 a.m. start, 1/4mile distance)
    Ages 6-9 (10:00 a.m. start, 1/2 mile distance)
    Ages 10-12 (10:30 a.m. start, 1 mile distance)
  • Activities
  • Face painting
  • Prizes
  • Snacks and beverages
  • Photos with the Portland Police Mounted Patrol officers & horses
  • A special appearance by T-Bone, America’s Health & Fitness Ambassador, www.tbonerun.com
  • Lots and lots of fun for the whole family!

Register now to attend this fun event. Space will be limited to the first 500 Fun Run Participants and their families.

  • Fun Run Participants $15.00
  • Festival entry (for all others over age 2) $5.00

On-line pre-registration is required at www.PortlandMarathon.org under “Related Events”: Kids Run

  • Participants will receive a special Portland Marathon backpack, a race bib, a finisher medal and other fun goodies.
  • Parents, chaperones, siblings, family and friends will need to purchase an entry into the festival, available during registration.
  • Chaperones may run with the kids! The fun run and obstacle course will be held on the Lincoln HS Track and staffed by volunteers.

A fun array of snacks and beverages will also be available for purchase at the event. A percentage of the proceeds of your purchase will benefit the Friend’s of Portland’s Mounted Patrol, an Official Charity of the Portland Marathon. For more information about this program see our Event website, under Official Charities, or www.active.com/donate/mountedpatrol.

So we invite you to come and celebrate fitness with us while supporting this worthy cause in our community.

**Note** There will be no packet pick up or registration at the Expo. Packet pickup begins at 8:30am at the entrance to the Festival.

Notes for registration & Details Page:

Cost to participate in the Fun Run: $15

Includes back pack, t-shirt, finisher medal, other goodies
Ages 2-5
Ages 6-9
Ages 10-12

Cost for additional family members for festival attendance: $5

T-shirt sizes: Youth S (6-8) – M (8-12) – L (14-16) OPTIONAL $20

Entrance tickets into the Festival will be sold, if not pre-purchased, at the entrance for $5.

Tickets for food, drinks & face painting will also be sold at the entrance. Other activities at the festival are free to all who attend.

Packet pick up will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the entrance to the Festival.

Watch a short video about the event by going to:
Click Here (third video down on the right)

You have questions. We have answers.

How long do the course and finish area stay open?

What aid will be along the course?

How do the corrals work?

How do I get to the start of the event?

Don’t worry. We have you covered with all the answers. Check out these helpful links:

Frequently-asked questions
Schedule of events
Spectator info
Getting to the event

Updated maps will be out in early September. Finish area maps, corral maps, spectator maps will be shared with you on the web, email blasts, our social media sites and in the September newsletter. The September newsletter is our pre-event guide. It is full of everything you need to know.

Still can find the answer to your question?
Email us at info@portlandmarathon.org. Shoot us a note on Facebook or Twitter. Call us at 503-226-1111.

27th Annual 10K Family Walk

The Annual 10K Family Walk, is an annual 10km (6.2 mile) fitness event starting across from Columbia Park Annex near Willamette Blvd. Those in the Annual 10K Family walk get the opportunity to see our lead marathoners as they work their way along the last miles of the course. 10k walkers can start anytime between 8:00 and 10:00 a.m. (once the Downhill Dash runners have cleared the start). Shuttle buses to the 26th Annual 10K Family Walk Start begin running from the Salmon side of the Heathman Hotel (between Broadway and Park) at 7:30 a.m. and will continue to run until approx. noon (to carry finishers back to their cars at the start).

This event is limited to 450 Walkers. At the sending of this email it is over half full and filling fast. We will keep the walk open until September 15th, unless it fills earlier....which it did last year.

Dare to do the Downhill Dash?

Not up for a full 26.2 this year? Try our 10k Downhill Dash. It’s a fun, fast course that traces the final six miles of the full Marathon route. Because of the 60 minutes or less time requirement, the last Downhill Dash runner should be across the line well ahead of the first Marathon Finisher.

10K Downhill Dash participants will receive a performance grade finisher shirt, a medal, a commemorative bib, the Marathon commemorative poster, a space blanket, a rose and a tree seedling. After crossing the finish, Dash Runners will proceed through the regular Marathon finish area where they may replenish from the wide array of food and beverages offered.

Registration is now open! Go here to get your spot while they last.

Want to put yourself on the course...right now? YOU CAN!

Check out our full and Half Marathon course custom videos and get pumped up by Clicking Here.

Worried about running alone?

Stop your fretting! You are certainly NOT alone, but in good company with thousands of other runners as well as 78 bands/entertainers along the course at 61 venues. We have cheerleaders, supporters, and clappers all along the course! We also have 30-40 pacers who will pace for 14 different times, including the four Boston Marathon qualifying times. Don't forget you can meet the pacers from Team Red Lizard at their booth at the Sports Authority Sports & Fitness Expo on Oct. 5th & Oct. 6th.

Portland Marathon Interactive Course Challenge

Play the interactive Portland Marathon course challenge game, Click Here.


Entries are NOT transferable. At the Expo we require photo ID. The Portland Marathon reserves the right to suspend entries if they are transferred. Want to know why? Read on.

The Portland Marathon has never permitted transfers, exchanges, rollovers, deferrals or refunds. Doing so with an event of our size would be an administrative nightmare. It is likewise logistic madness. Events order shirts, medals, etc based on a no show percentage which holds very true unless it is tinkered with by allowing transfers. Everything is now ordered since the two events are sold out.

We understand some events allow transfers. However, the Portland Marathon has already assigned starting corrals based on projected times. The bibs are being printed. So a transfer may sound like a logical idea but in reality it is not.

There is an even more serious side to "transfers." That is an attempt to improperly use another person's number or an effort to sell and "transfer" an entry. Recently at a marathon in Wisconsin a female runner gave her number to another female. That person then won an age division. Then that female went to the award ceremony to claim her prize. The local runners realized what had happened and knew the folks involved. As in any event they were outraged. The Event Director turned the matter over to the local DA on the basis of fraud, false impersonation and a couple of other legal issues. (See waiver and release on the back of our bib/number.)

And, some events (NY City and Boston Marathons) are using law enforcement in settings where someone tries to sell and another person tries to buy an entry thru E-bay or the social network. That too is a Federal offense and probably a State offense as well.

We are also prepared to handle course-crashers. Our bandit-catching crew is headed by two Portland Policemen. We rarely have problems, but we are ready.

In summary, transfers as a matter of policy, are not a good idea for a lot of reasons. An entry to a running event is not like a ticket to a ball game. An entry has too many personal connotations to be passed around. And when purchased that point is made perfectly clear: No refunds, exchanges, transfers, rollovers or deferrals.

Getting to the Event

Photo courtesy of Travel Oregon

Public Transportation
With over 15,000 people converging downtown, the Portland Marathon strongly recommends public transportation for participants and spectators. Portland's MAX light rail system has many convenient park & ride locations and will drop you off just a few blocks from the start/finish line. Please use the trip planner at TriMet.org to plan your trip on race day, and please plan to arrive downtown by 6 a.m.

Park & Ride Locations

  • Lloyd Center (NE Holladay & 11th)
  • Street parking is free, and so is the 10-minute light rail ride. Get off at SW 3rd and Morrison.
  • Eastside - Gateway Transit Center (1321 NE 99th Ave.)
  • Just 25 minutes to downtown. Get off at SW 3rd and Morrison.
  • Beaverton/Hillsboro - Sunset Transit Center (10470 SW Barnes Rd.)
  • Just 20 minutes to downtown. Get off at Mall/SW 4th.

Parking downtown

On-Street Parking
If you park downtown, please plan to arrive by 5:45 a.m. Parking is free until 1:00 p.m. and can be pre-paid for an additional 60-90 minutes. Park west of SW Broadway or south of SW Clay St. to avoid the immediate start/finish area.

Garage Parking
There are several garages within easy walking distance of the start/finish. The SmartPark garage on SW 10th and Yamhill is one of the largest and most accessible. See driving directions below.

Driving Directions to Downtown

From the NORTH on I-5 South:

  • Take Exit 302B, to I-405 toward Beaverton and St. Helens
  • Take Exit 2A toward Couch St. and Burnside St.
  • Turn Left onto Burnside St.
  • Turn Right onto 11th
  • Turn Left onto Yamhill St.
  • Turn Left onto SW 10th
  • Park in the SmartPark garage on your right at SW 10th and Yamhill

From the EAST on I-84 West

  • Take I-5 North toward Seattle
  • Take Exit 302B, to I-405 toward Beaverton and St. Helens
  • Take Exit 2A toward Couch St. and Burnside St.
  • Turn Left onto Burnside
  • Turn Right onto 11th
  • Turn Left onto Yamhill St.
  • Turn Left onto SW 10th
  • Park in the SmartPark garage on your right at SW 10th and Yamhill

From the WEST on Highway 26 East

  • Get into the left lane towards I-405 N, St. Helens and Seattle
  • Take Exit 2B toward Everett St.
  • Turn Right onto NW Everett St.
  • Turn Right onto 11th
  • Turn Left onto Yamhill St.
  • Turn Left onto SW 10th
  • Park in the SmartPark garage on your right at SW 10th and Yamhill

Street Parking
From the center lane on Hwy. 26, take Market St. exit; street parking west of Broadway.

From the SOUTH on 1-5 North

  • Get in the left lanes, and take exit 299B toward I-405/City Center
  • Take Exit 2B toward Everett St.
  • Turn Right onto NW Flanders St.
  • Turn Right onto 11th
  • Turn Left onto Yamhill St.
  • Turn Left onto SW 10th
  • Park in the SmartPark garage on your right at SW 10th and Yamhill

Option 2 - Street Parking:
Get in the left lanes, and take exit 299B toward I-405/City Center Take exit 1C to SW 6th Ave; street parking south of SW Clay St.

Finding your corral at the start line
All participants will assemble in separate corrals to allow for a wave start by expected finish time. Corral A is composed of the fastest runners; each corral will then be released in alphabetical order, concluding with corral W (walkers). Please note: participants are not permitted to move to a faster corral but may switch to a slower corral.

The letter and color bar on your bib indicate your corral. There is a map on the back of your bib with detailed instructions; entry points are listed below.

Corral A/B: Enter at SW 5th and Salmon - head east on Salmon

Corral C/D: Enter at SW 1st and Jefferson or SW 2nd and Jefferson - head north on 1st or 2nd

Corral E, F or W: Enter from SW Yamhill St. or SW Naito

Clothing check is located in each corral.

Only participants will be allowed to enter the start area. Spectators can watch the start on SW 4th Ave. at Yamhill or Morrison.

Elephants Deli on SW Broadway between Yamhill and Taylor will open at 5:30 a.m. to serve Stumptown coffee, espresso and food to participants and spectators.

Learn more at www.portlandmarathon.org/marathon_get_there.php. Finish maps will also be sent out soon.

We want to hear from you!

Tell us your stories. Share your photos with us. We’ll use them in the next newsletter.

Email us: news@portlandmarathon.org.

Also don’t forget to share your story on Facebook at “Portland Marathon” and Twitter @pdxmarathon.

Here are a few of your stories. Keep them coming!


First time ever and I'm loving it. The training is hard but no pain no gain, right?

I'm from Argentina, and one of my dreams has always been to run a marathon, and now in 2012, I'm ready!

I work with Children's Cancer Association and they're great, I have a completely different point of view in my life now, thanks CCA! My kiddo for CCA is gonna be cheering for me there, and I'll be so happy to see her. Thanks to all the Portland Marathon organizers, you're the best! See you at the race - Andrea


I was gifted an opportunity to run the NYC Marathon in 2010, so I took the season off from triathlon to focus on it. After running a 3:07, I caught the bug and wanted to break 3 hours. I ran Portland in '11 and struggled over the last 8-12 miles and missed my goal by 30 seconds.

I'm running Portland this year to get under 3 and to make sure I set a good example for my son, born in January of this year.
- Dan Walters


The training never stops. I took a trip this summer but still wanted to prepare properly. This being my first official marathon, I didn't want to wait until just a few months before to get ready. So I brought an old pair of beat up Nikes with me to Central Asia. I tackled city streets, hills, fields, and mountains all across Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan, including a few runs at 9,000 ft. in eastern Tajikistan.

I'm back in Portland and adding on the miles, though my old shoes are somewhere in Uzbekistan.
- Michael Young

Active Mind Race Camps

The 2012 Portland Marathon is delighted to be the first race in America to feature a pre-race training camp that focuses on mental training for athletes, Active Mind Race Camps. This ground breaking and exciting camp is proud to partner with the Portland Marathon, one of the top 10 best races in America for first time marathoners. Come and find out what a difference a positive mental focus can make to your race, either as a first timer or a seasoned athlete! The camp starts on Wednesday October 3 in the evening, and goes through to the day before race day, Saturday October 6. We have arranged a special package with the prestigious Marriott Portland Downtown Waterfront, with limited spaces that will go fast. We advise booking early to avoid disappointment!

The camp is in the exciting build up to race weekend, and provides a personalized step by step psychological preparation program for your race, instill positive self-beliefs, how to deal with negative self talk, and create a clear and powerful visualization of how you choose your race to unfold. Elite athletes have been benefiting from mental training for many years - here is a chance to learn the same techniques at an affordable rate that can be transferred to any subsequent race. This camp is limited to a maximum of 20 athletes, so book now to secure your place. The camp includes coaching sessions, flexibility sessions, light runs, all meals, a personalized journal, and camp specific tech tee shirt.

See more details and how to book for this exciting event at www.activemindracecamps.com/portland-marathon-2012, or contact Camp Director Terry Chiplin at 303-304-9159, or info@activemindracecamps.com.


We are excited to have Zico at the finish this year!

ZICO contains the five electrolytes that support your body with what it needs to stay hydrated and perform at your best. One ZICO has more potassium than a banana - 15 times more than most sports drinks - to prevent cramping. Drink ZICO before or during a workout for the natural energy you need for optimal performance. After a workout, ZICO replenishes and re-hydrates you to aide recovery. www.zico.com

Re-fuel and re-energize with Alpenrose Chocolate Milk

Marathoners look for ways to push their physical limits to the max. Alpenrose chocolate milk gives the boost you need to pound out that extra mile. And there’s nothing like a glass of Alpenrose Chocolate Milk to re-energize the body after a workout.

Studies show that chocolate milk has even more nutrients than most nutritional drinks. It has protein, Vitamins A, B and D; electrolytes; calcium; phosphorus; magnesium and potassium. Unlike those fancy, five-dollar carbonated sports drinks, Alpenrose chocolate milk is all natural, nutritious, delicious AND costs only about 50 cents a glass.

There's no better way to improve athletic performance than with a cold glass of Alpenrose Chocolate Milk.

We are excited to have Alpenrose Dairy chocolate milk for the finishers in the finish area!

Join Mercy Health System to run for a reason

We welcome Mercy, a new affiliate charity of The Portland Marathon!

Diana Berenguer,Sandi Carter, Tad & Dianna Dunning will be participating in the Portland Marathon on October 7th. They are Running and Walking for Mercy's Palliative Care Program. A charity focused on education and awareness of palliative care. Their mission is to bring awareness and education, while raising money and support for Mercy's Palliative Care Program. Their goal is $3,000 dollars. They are grateful for any support! Please donate online or make checks out to Mercy's Palliative Care Charity, and give to names listed above.

There are many ways to run for a reason! Click here to learn more about our participating charities.

Education for Life

Like resort towns? How about wine tasting?

Train for the Portland Marathon while enjoying both of these at the Portland Marathon partner events this fall. The Sunriver Marathon and Half Marathon for a Cause and the Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon, both in early September, are great preparation for the October 7th Portland Marathon, plus they will be tons of fun.
Learn more at: www.portlandmarathon.org/events_partner_runs.php

Sunriver Marathon For A Cause
September 1, 2012

Marathon | Half Marathon | 10k | 5k | Kid’s Race
September 1–2, 2012

Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon
September 2, 2012

Where did you wear your shirt?

Christine at the San Francisco Half Marathon

Here are two photos taken of me in my Portland Half-Marathon shirt while hiking in Utah earlier this summer.

Laura Simmons
Portland, OR

Join the conversation

We’re talking about training, tips for first timers, gear, great places for long runs, answering your questions about the event and coming to Portland, and much more. Join us on Facebook and Twitter. Feel free to send questions our way via Facebook and Twitter.

Here is a great example of how our social media pages can bring people together. We have a Facebook fan that asked a question. We opened the discussion to our 3,600 fans. This is the conversation that ensued in the next 10 hours. We have created a community of runners,walkers and people just like you, join us!

Our friend Kari has a question---
This is my first one (marathon)! So far, so good! It hurts my stomach to drink sports drinks while running - I only drink water. Is it enough to just eat the Clif blocks every once in a while or am I gonna fall apart as the miles get higher (13 miles is the farthest I've gone so far)? Thx!

Frank -- You don't need sports drinks at all really, just make sure you are getting at least 100 calories of Clif Blocks per hour or so and train EXACTLY as you intend to run the race. If you plan on eating half a package every 5 miles you need to start doing that now - don't experiment on race day, that's what your long runs are for.

Dereth -- I would suggest taking Endurolytes instead of sports drinks. They are pills that you can take with water. Runing stores will carry them. I find them to be so much better. Depending on how long you are planning to be out on the road, clif blocks could be fine. If you are thinking it will take a really long time, you might want a little protein, like peanut butter, towards the end.

Heather -- Will salty pretzels and water work for your stomach? The whole idea is to get some electrolytes with your water. There are options when the sports drinks don't work.

Ruth -- If you can't stomach the sports drinks, try getting your electrolytes in a pill form and taking one every 30-60 minutes. I just started using the Saltstick caps. I'm about halfway through my training so I'm interested to see how they fare. So far so good. May be worth looking into.

Mark -- hink yes, since mt wife did a marathon on blocs I tand beans, but try some salt tabs to replace minerals. Also try an Equate drink, like Ensure. It has 350 calories in about 4oz

Michael -- Agree: no need for the sports drinks. For nutrition, the Cliff blocks are decent. I make-up my own elixir by gelatinizing chia seeds in a mix of coconut water and flat beer. Works like magic.

Sandy -- Sports drinks upset my tummy too. Too much sugar! I use the endurolytes tabs and propel zero. GU is great too. This is my first marathon too. Keep up the great work Kari!

Steve -- S-Caps, water, and energy gel is all you need.

Kari -- Thanks everyone! Just don't want to feel nauseous for the entire 26.2 if I can help it! Lol! I will try different options. Thanks for the help.

Erin -- Love NUUN -- easy on the tummy!

Jan -- Where can you find the salt -tabs? Will that help with cramping? I get to mile 12 and my calves start to cramp. I have a hard time getting the gu down because its so sweet.

Frank -- Look at it this way, marathoners have been running under 3 hours for many decades prior to the advent of sports drinks. Science may have come a long way but the human body hasn't changed that much. As long as you take in a few calories and water you'll be fine. Your biggest health risk is actually taking in too much water, which can be fatal. You'll be fine, just fine tune your routine on the long runs and relax.

Rhonda -- Gu...or one of those products, with water. There are some new gels with protein too, i like those. biggest thing is to use on your runs what you plan to use in the race - don't try anything new on race day. you'll be great!

Frank -- @Jan - there is no evidence that salt tabs will help with cramping. In fact, there haven't been enough studies where they can predictably elicit the cramping response to learn precisely what the cause and effect relationships might be, physiologically speaking. Pick up a book called "The Runner's Body", there is a long chapter dedicated to cramping.

Sarah -- Kari, regular sport drinks upset my stomach too. I bought Ultima Replenisher (orange flavor) which is what the Portland Marathon will be handing out! So far so good with my stomach! There is no sugar in it which I think was the culprit with other drinks :)

Jan -- @ Frank, thanks. This will be my first marathon. Getting a little nervous:).

Scott -- @Frank, people should listen to your sage advice, Keep It Simple. We actually managed to run Marathons prior to the advent of all these fancy sports drinks and snacks.

Norma -- You will be ok! I don't drink sports drinks at all!! Water is the best companion in every sport and every activity

Julee -- I just use Clif Bloks or gels and water only. I don't buy into too many of those products. For long runs I carry a small piece of a Clif bar or something solid and eat it half way thru the run. I think it helps keep my guts a little more normal.

Frank -- @Jan - nothing to be nervous about. There is something really honest about the distance in a marathon. If you put in the work you will reap the reward. By the time you get to race day the work is done. The day of the marathon is just your victory lap - paying off what you've already accomplished.

Steve -- Check out generation UCAN. Nuun is good too.

Nikki -- I had a major issue with this too until my running coach taught me how to eat and drink properly while running. I used to only drink water and had a horrible time whenever I ate or drank anything else. I think it was because my stomach was so empty. Here is what I do now: Cliff Chocolate Gel Shots (1 before run then one every 3-4 miles as I start to feel tired) Then I have a water bottle with Nuun (which I love, 0 sugar!) and I add 1 scoop of CarboPro. This is something you order from Triathlon sites, running stores don't carry it. It's a completely tasteless powder that's 110 cal per scoop and straight carbs. So, in a Half Marathon I'm taking in between 400-500 calories and about at least 1000 calories in a full. I haven't had an issue with my stomach since I switched and started upping my calorie intake. It's made a world of difference. Hope this helps!

Dave -- I'd actually suggest something entirely different. I'd work on changing the composition of your nutrient intake, replacing some of the carbs with fats and proteins and using a HR monitor to train at a HR of about 75%. I eat only about 20% carbs and am able to run for 2-3 hours at a time on only water.

Maxine -- Another vote for nuun...taste good and easy on the tummy!

Syri -- Whoa, great advice for this nervous first timer. I've never heard of cliff blocks but I will be checking them out. My longest training run so far was 18 miles (3.5 hours), and I took gu before and about every 7 miles. I also did 50/50 water/sports drink and even though my run felt great, I had gi issues the rest of the day. I sampled Nuun at a few expos and thought if was great so I might start using that.

Emily -- Thanks for posting this I have the same problem can't stomach ANYTHING but water. My last marathon vomited immediately after a few sips of powerade. Although I know I can do it I always wonder how much better I could do if I gave my body some more fuel! So I'm going to try some of these as well. Thanks

Fiona -- As mentioned by others, you don't need to drink your calories. However, if you prefer to drink some of them, my suggestions is to try Heed. I too have had trouble with traditional sugary, sports drinks but now I drink Heed, made by Hammer Nutrition, the same company that makes the Endurolytes that others have mentioned. I have never had stomach trouble with it. Another product that may be helpful is the Endurolytes Fizz. They give you electrolytes and turn your water fizzy like alka seltzer. I think the bubbles feel good in my stomach.

Brianne -- Do what works for you. I use Hammer gels and endurolyte fizzes in my water, but everyone is different. If it works, keep on.

Robert -- @ michael. I would like to hear more about your drink. I have never ever even thought about adding the flat beer. How much of each? Thanks. Robert

2 months until the Portland Marathon. Getting close! How is your training progressing?

Jennifer -- 12 miles yesterday, but not getting in enough on the weekdays :(

Michael -- 15 two days ago...new Altra Instinct running shoes on Friday

Ron -- Training hard trying to punch my ticket to Boston in Portland!!!

Tracy -- I did 14 on Sat, my longest so far but 26 seems like such a long way from there

David -- 176 in the last 30 days

Sabrina -- Oh. Should I be doing something then?

Frank -- I am at 9200 ft at Keystone, CO for the week.

Andrea -- Did 20 flat on Friday, then 16 on Sunday in the mountains. Too bad I'm super slow :(

Dawnita -- 14 last Friday! 200 miles into training with another 254.8 left until the Marathon!!!!!!! Cannot wait!

Brent -- I think I'll be ready in about 120 days...shoot..miscalculated on that one! Oh well..bring it on and lets have some fun! :)

Brian -- Hopefully back on track after three weeks of Pool running while I got my knee MRI'd for possible torn meniscus. Diagnosed with Right medial Osteoarthritis. Fitted for a OA Brace to offload the joint and was back at it essentially pain free tonight. Looking forward to more miles to come.

Syri -- I'm half was in my training and my longest run is 18 miles... I'm doing 17 on Saturday and I'm looking forward to my first 20 miler, then maybe I'll know I'm ready for 10/07/12.


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