WHAT'S INSIDE
- Don’t miss the 2011 Portland Marathon Half!
- Need holiday gift ideas? We can help!
- A Word from the Director
- Military Runs
- Portland Marathon Travel!
- Relive the awesome entertainment from 10-10-10
- Congrats again to 10-10-10 partcipants! You did it!
- Portland Marathon goes the distance for charities
- 2010 Charities
- Where did you wear you shirt?

December 2010 News, updates, tips, and true stories as we countdown to
the 40th Annual Portland Marathon on 10-09-11.




Don’t miss the 2011 Portland Marathon Half!

The Portland Marathon Half will close Public Registration January 31st, unless it sells out earlier. Registrations are currently 800% ahead of this time last year!

If you missed the opportunity to register for 2010 because we sold out early, don't be disappointed again in 2011...

We have been sending htmls and doing advertisements to be sure persons on our special lists and our local runners and walkers know they must hurry to register for the limited public entry for our 2011 Portland Marathon Half.

We sold the Half out January 20th last year and it looks like it will happen earlier this year. So please sign up soon!!!

Register Now for the 2011 Half!

Need holiday gift ideas? We can help!


Check out the online Portland Marathon store for runners and walkers on your list!

Click HERE to see our great stocking stuffers.


Les Smith, Portland Marathon Event Director. Courtesy of Portland Tribune

Our History with Charities

By the end of December the Portland Marathon will have written over 130 checks totaling over $200,000 to various service clubs, school athletic teams, school activity groups as well as other nonprofits and charities. We are pleased to be able to do this for these local organizations. And, we thank our participants and sponsors for helping to make this possible.

Someone asked me how our program got started and why we have a charity program. The second part of the question is easy to answer. It is the right thing for a community event like ours to do. And also the support for that program from our participants thru our surveys and their giving to our Official Charities reflects we should do the best we can with the program.

The "How did it happen" is a longer story. I like to think it began over 20 years ago when I ran the London Marathon. As I sat on the ground in the finish area an English runner asked me, "For whom did you run the event?" I was startled by his question..."For whom?" But I soon learned the significance of what he was saying. Even then the London Marathon and other events in Great Britain had a strong tradition of "running for charity." Last year nearly 60% of those running the London Marathon do so for a charity. Over 280 charities were involved with the London event and conservatively, over $100 Million Pounds (about $150M) was raised.

London like the NY City Marathon (raised $30M for charity this year) is a closed event with a limitation on "public" entries. Charities now obtain entries from the event and in turn, use those entries to raise money for the charities. It is estimated that nearly 1/2 of the nearly 40,000 London entries are charity oriented. So for charity purposes there is a distinct advantage to having a closed event which has a high demand for entry.

In the US the charity effort is alive and well...for some charities. But a lack of staffing and knowledge hampers many US charities from involvement in US running and walking events. Last year it was estimated that only 4 to 6 percent of those entered in the typical US event were raising money for charities. Indeed, this percentage was true for our event although it is estimated that charities using the Portland Marathon as a pledge/fund raiser generated nearly $3 Million Dollars.

The key is education and assisting the local charities in perfecting or copying programs that work for other charities. We are pleased that the Portland Marathon has been able to provide help, guidance and the technical support to help many of our local charities achieve success with their fund-raising goals.

One prime help to charities was the fact that the new Portland Marathon Half sold out to the public on January 20th, nearly 9 months ahead of the Event. Of course, the desire to get into the event was present among runners and walkers throughout that time. What the Portland Marathon then did was allow charity entries for the 15 or so Official Charities of the Event.

This process worked well and was a "win, win, win." Just short of 500 charity entries were used. The end result: Hundreds of thousands of dollars raised for local charities. And, to protect these charity entries the Marathon enforced a no transfer policy and a policy designed to prevent full Marathoners from deciding to run the Half Marathon at the last minute. Integrity for the successful charity programs is essential.

We look forward to working again in 2011 with our Official Charities. The benefits for these groups are excellent and those participating generally have a lot of fun with their fund raising goals. For more information about our programs please see our website.

Portland Marathon military runs

We are again planning "virtual" runs for our military members in Iraq and Afghanistan on October 9th. This will be our third year of undertaking this service for our deployed troops, including those from the Oregon National Guard.

In the past we have provided shirts, medals, bibs, challenge coins and volunteer shirts for those participating.

Thus far we have not had outside help with these special events. However, we will offer that opportunity to a limited number of patriotic sponsors this year. If you know of any companies or organizations that might be interested please contact event Director, Les Smith, lsmith@bullardlaw.com

Portland Marathon Travel!

The Portland Marathon and Rovia have teamed up to provide World Class destination vacation trips at affordable prices. Get great deals to the Portland Marathon and other great places!

Relive the awesome entertainment from 10-10-10

Click here to watch a video.

Congrats again to 10-10-10 partcipants! You did it!

We capture EVERYONES picture

To order your Race Day Photos click HERE. They make great holiday gifts!

 

Portland Marathon goes the distance for charities

Over the years the Portland Marathon, a 501(c)3, has made independent donations from its general fund to a variety of local charities and organizations. Additionally, through the Marathon Direct Giving Program, many direct donations are given to our volunteer groups.

The Portland Marathon recruits over 4,500 volunteers annually to assist with our event. Our volunteer program has served as a vehicle for providing school and organizational credit and experience for a host of local charities, nonprofits, sport, school, and service clubs.

It also provides a wonderful sense of community for so many who come to Portland to participate in the events of the Portland Marathon. Volunteer teams have fun, work together and benefit from being involved in a great community event. The Direct Giving Program provides an ability to earn not only experience, but also a donation for volunteering.

This unique program is based on the concept of utilizing available financial resources that come in to the Portland Marathon for another charity or organization, which in turn then helps another charity, organization or worthwhile cause. The Portland Marathon has been fortunate to be sufficiently funded so that we have been able to allocate a certain percentage of our resources to this program each year.

The Portland Marathon is a charitable community event supported by the city, sponsors, and also by other charitable groups. Each year the funds available to us vary. However, giving the funds is a pleasure for us because we really do see it benefiting many other worthwhile projects. Each year we have many success stories shared with us on how the program continues to benefit others.

For more information, click here.

Portland Marathon Charities


Going The Distance Foundation

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Through the Going The Distance Foundation and the Marathon Direct Giving Program, many direct donations are given by the event to our volunteer groups.

The Portland Marathon recruits over 4,500 volunteers annually to assist with our event. Our volunteer program has served as a vehicle for providing school and organizational credit and experience for a host of local charities, nonprofits, sport, school, and service clubs. It also provides a wonderful sense of community for so many who come to Portland to participate in the events of the Portland Marathon. Volunteer teams have fun, work together and benefit from being involved in a great community event. The Direct Giving Program provides an ability to earn not only experience, but also a donation for volunteering.

Thank you for donating and/or fundraising for our unique program and allowing us to utilize financial resources to in turn help other charities, organizations and worthwhile causes. Each year the funds available to us vary, and the donations vary, accordingly. Each year we have many success stories shared with us on how the program continues to benefit others.

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Oregon Sports Authority Foundation

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All donations to the Oregon Sports Authority Foundation will be earmarked to support participation in sports for under-served Oregon youth to create healthier lifestyles for our youngsters.




The Children's Cancer Association

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http://www.JoyRx.org

When seriously ill children and their families need more than medicine, the Children's Cancer Association creates joy one moment at a time. Together with the compassionate community of supporters and a network of cutting-edge hospital partners, CCA has built a one-of-a-kind support organization that offers unique services and award-winning programs.




American Cancer Society

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http://www.acsDetermiNation.org

The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy and service.

No matter who you are, we can help. Contact us anytime, day or night, for information and support at: 1800 227-2345.




Pancreatica Walks and Runs

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http://www.tofightcancer.com/

Pancreatica Walks and Runs is an initiative of the non-profit Cancer Patients Alliance aimed at forever changing the tragic relationship between human beings and pancreatic cancer. Our group is dedicated to raising awareness and funds, increasing education and supporting pancreatic cancer research. Pancreatic cancer is the least funded cancer in terms of research. Despite causing enormous mortality, pancreatic cancer receives (on a mortality basis) much less funding for research than most of the other major cancers. As a participant in Pancreatica Walks and Runs you can help in the fight against pancreatic cancer - you will also receive great fundraising tips, coaching, running apparel, prizes and more.

http://www.tofightcancer.com/

Please call 1-877-ToFightCancer (1-877-863-4448) or e-mail us at Participate@ToFightCancer.com for more information.




The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

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http://www.teamintraining.org/or/

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team In Training® is the world's largest endurance sports training program. The program provides training to run or walk marathons and half marathons or participate in triathlons and century (100-mile) bike rides. Since 1988, more than 380,000 volunteer participants have helped raise more than $900 million.




Be The Match

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http://www.BeTheMatch.org

Creating connections. Saving lives.
The National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) and our Be The Match Foundation are nonprofit organizations dedicated to creating an opportunity for all patients to receive the bone marrow or umbilical cord blood transplant they need, when they need it.

Our mission
Every year, thousands of people of all ages are diagnosed with leukemia and other life-threatening diseases. Many of them will die unless they get a bone marrow or cord blood transplant from a matching donor. Seventy percent of people do not have a donor in their family and depend on our Be The Match Registry to find a match to save their life.




Susan G. Komen Marathon for the Cure

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www.marathonforthecure.org

Our Vision: A World Without Breast Cancer

Our Promise: End Breast Cancer Forever

Our Mission: Saving Lives

The Oregon & SW Washington Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® has one clear goal - saving lives. This is our 17th year serving our community as the trusted partner in the fight against breast cancer, and we are the only organization in Oregon and SW Washington that exclusively copes with the issues of breast cancer on all levels. We are committed to serving all 36 counties in Oregon as well as the three counties in SW Washington; Clark, Skamania, and Cowlitz: by providing:

  • Education about breast cancer and early detection
  • Information and support to breast cancer survivors and their families
  • Funding for mammograms for women who are uninsured or underinsured
  • Funding for transportation and treatment support for survivors

Our promise to you is that we will always be responsible stewards of your donations, therefore 75% of net fundraising dollars raised here - stays here. The remaining 25% teams with other Komen Affiliates nationwide to fund an all-time high of $100 million in breast cancer research in 2008.





Children's Tumor Foundation

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http://nfendurance.org/portland

We are a charity based endurance team where participants can join in events across the country to raise awareness and research dollars that enable treatments and a cure for neurofibromatosis. Unlike other charity based teams, we structure our fundraising system on incentives, not contracts. Participants are encouraged to fund raise through contributions made to a personalized Web site and donations sent by mail.

In support of the Children's Tumor Foundation, the NF Endurance Team offers the opportunity for individuals to participate in team endurance sports to raise money for research, promote awareness, and provide a network of caring support for those suffering with Neurofibromatosis and their families.

For more information on how you can run for a cure please visit http://nfendurance.org/portland.




Oregon Hospice Association

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http://www.oregonhospice.org/

The Oregon Hospice Association is a nonprofit, charitable public benefit organization that makes sure every Oregonian can get the care they want at the end of life. OHA's first responsibility is to the public. In addition to public information, referral and advocacy, OHA provides education and technical assistance to more than 70 operating and developing hospice provider programs that are or will be serving dying Oregonians and their families and loved ones.




The Ray of Hope Foundation

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http://www.rayofhope4all.org/

The Ray of Hope Foundation is dedicated to creating grassroots community based projects that improve education, infrastructure and health services in Kenya. Our projects are guided by the aspirations and self-identified needs of the communities in our project areas.

We provide secondary school sponsorship, train traditional birth attendants and health workers, assist women to start microfinance programs and improve infrastructure (wells, classrooms, clinics, school supplies and medical equipment/supplies).

We accomplish our mission with the understanding that we are all interconnected and share universal human values which, when recognized and cultivated, have the power to transform our global community.




Organic Athlete Organization

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http://www.organicathlete.site-ym.com

Support OrganicAthlete members as we train for the 2010 Portland Marathon and Half Marathon. OrganicAthlete is a community of athletes and fitness enthusiasts who teach and inspire people to integrate sports, compassion, and environmental stewardship by adopting an organic, vegan lifestyle.

Join us by becoming a fundraiser and training for the 2010 Portland Marathon!




Volunteers of America - Oregon

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http://www.voaor.org/

VOA has been helping Oregonians since 1896, and is a leader in implementing innovative solutions to some of our community's biggest social problems: poverty, child abuse, domestic violence, addiction, and caring for the isolated, frail elderly. Please help me raise money and awareness for Volunteers of America Oregon so that programs such as Home Free, the Family Relief Nursery, and the Marie Smith Center can continue to provide services to those in need.

Through the dedication of approximately 350 staff members and a volunteer base of more than 615 community supporters, Volunteers of America Oregon helps change the lives of nearly 17,000 children, adults, and seniors each year through their 24 social service programs.

Thank you for your support!




Talk About Curing Autism

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http://www.tacanow.org/

Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) provides information, resources, and support to families affected by autism. For families who have just received the autism diagnosis, TACA aims to speed up the cycle time from the autism diagnosis to effective treatments. TACA helps to strengthen the autism community by connecting families and the professionals who can help them, allowing them to share stories and information to help people with autism be the best they can be.




National Federation of the Blind of Oregon

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http://www.nfb-oregon.org/

With more than 50,000 members, the National Federation of the Blind is the largest and most influential membership organization of blind people in the United States. The NFB improves blind people's lives through advocacy, education, research, technology, and programs encouraging independence and self-confidence. It is the leading force in the blindness field today and the voice of the nation's blind. In January 2004 the NFB opened the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute, the first research and training center in the United States for the blind led by the blind.




Oregon National Guard Relief Fund

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The Oregon National Guard Emergency Relief Fund (ORNG ERF) is the Oregon National Guard's own emergency financial assistance organization and is dedicated to helping the 'Guard' take care of its own. ORNG ERF has maintained its success through the generous donations from both the general public and from the Oregon National Guard Family. We are grateful for the donations we have received from many local businesses and corporations. The Oregon National Guard and the program's volunteer board provide for many of the program's administration requirements, thereby ensuring donated dollars go directly to those needing emergency financial assistance.

Oregon National Guard Emergency Relief is exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code. Our FEIN is 93-0915051. Although sponsored by the Oregon National Guard, the Emergency Relief Fund receives no direct funding from the government.

All donations to the Oregon National Guard Emergency Relief Fund are used to support Soldiers, Airmen and their families. A link to secure online donating can be found through our website.




Friends of Portland's Mounted Patrol

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Friends of Portland's Mounted Patrol is a non-profit organization that supports Portland's mounted police. The Friends recently gave $100,000 to the City of Portland so the venerable Portland crime fighters and ambassadors wouldn't be cut from the City's budget. The Friends give money yearly to support the horses by purchasing equipment and even saving a horse by providing the funds for a life saving surgery. The Friends have committed to raising additional funds to keep the mounted patrol and replenish the foundation.


Where did you wear you shirt?

Did you wear your Portland Marathon shirt somewhere special? Email your submissions to amy.pdxmar@comcast.net

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October 9, 2011 will mark the 40th Annual Portland Marathon and 2nd annual Portland Marathon Half! We have 74 entertainment groups at 53 locations along the course. Each year more than 12,000 people run, walk, or volunteer with the event. Proceeds from the Portland Marathon go to help local schools, charities, and non-profits. The event has been called the "best-organized marathon in North America" and has received national attention for being one of the first eco-friendly, "green" marathons.


"Most Walker Friendly Marathon" - Runner's World

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